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IT News - CxO
CIOs: Are You Ready Today For Tomorrow's Technologies?
InformationWeek, February 16th, 2021
"The nature of work is changing, and CIOs have a crucial role to play in ensuring that all workers have the skills they need," writes Greg Douglass and Eva Sage-Gavin in InformationWeek.

"For several years, we have been making the case that digital transformation should be an immediate priority. Most companies understood that digital is the future, but many still saw it as a medium-term issue - one that could be put off while they focused on more pressing issues..."

Your IT Strategy In 2021
ITProPortal, February 16th, 2021
Malcom Ridgers writes in ITProPortal, "This strange, tumultuous year has led many businesses to reconsider their operations, procedures, and processes. What may have worked well in a pre-pandemic world no longer flows as seamlessly these days.

As we head into 2021, your information technology (IT) team and strategy, in particular, are probably at top of mind for you and your business. With most businesses largely continuing to operate remotely in the year ahead, at least until a Covid vaccine becomes widely available, IT will keep serving as the backbone of your business and allow you to carry on smoothly despite the disruption..."

    4 Tips For Selling A Transformation Project To Your CEO
    CIO, February 18th, 2021
    "Selling a transformation project includes embracing technology while aligning it with company strategy to achieve company growth and success," notes David Chou in CIO. "So how should you go about selling your transformation project to your CEO and a peer group that may be resistant to change? The tips below will arm you with the kind of information you need to persuade your organization to adopt the transformation project..."
    4 Tips On How To Reduce IT Infrastructure Costs
    SearchCIO, February 19th, 2021
    "Most IT departments are under pressure to reduce costs," opines Lisa Morgan in SearchCIO. "However, the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that failing to invest in the right technologies and tools can be costly. Businesses overwhelmed by the sudden demand for certain types of products had to scale up. Other companies had to reduce IT infrastructure costs and other expenses because their revenue fell off a cliff..."

    "The pandemic has moved the discussion away from cost reduction to cost optimization," said Mike Kelly, CIO at Red Hat. "CIOs and CTOs don't want to be accused of not spending enough. They want to make sure that what they are spending is being used as effectively as possible."

    What CIOs Need To Know About Adding AI To Their Processes
    TechRepublic, February 16th, 2021
    TechRepublic's spoke with Ira Cohen, chief data scientist with Anodot, about the tools CIOs need to implement artificial intelligence (AI) at their companies. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

    Karen Roby: As we're heading into 2021, CIOs need to have a checklist of some things to keep in mind when making decisions for this coming year, whether that be about hiring or projects to consider. Let's start with the talent that's needed at companies now, to pull off some of these AI projects. What do you think CIOs need to keep in mind?..."

    CIO Strategy And IT Investment Planning In 2021
    CXOTalk, February 15th, 2021
    "The conversation is based on the Deloitte Tech Trends 2021 report, which discusses IT planning and governance from both business and technology perspectives.

    Bill Briggs is the global Chief Technology Officer for Deloitte Consulting, former global lead of Deloitte Digital, and a Director in the US technology practice. As CTO, Bill is responsible for helping to define the vision for Deloitte Consulting's technology services, identifying and communicating technology trends affecting clients' businesses, and shaping the strategy for Deloitte's emerging services and offerings..." - CXOTalk

    IT News - Storage
    Toshiba MG09 Series 18TB HDDs Announced
    StorageReview, February 18th, 2021
    "Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation announced new 18TB HDDs in its Toshiba MG09 Series. According to the company, the MG09 Series features Toshiba's third-generation, 9-disk Helium-sealed design and Toshiba's innovative Flux Control - Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FC-MAMR) technology, to advance Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) density to 2TB per disk, achieving a total capacity of 18TB. This also marks Toshiba's first HDD with energy-assisted magnetic recording..." - StorageReview
    333 Million SSDs Shipped In 2020 Corresponding To 207EB, February 15th, 2021
    "Client DFF capacity shipments jump 18% Q/Q to 9.41EB, outpacing other segments, while client M.2 increased 11% over the same period to 25.11EB

    All enterprise SSD interfaces posted sequential declines in the quarter, led by a 31% unit and 34% capacity shipment plunge for SAS SSDs Q/Q.

    Enterprise SATA SSDs shipment declines reflected continued channel markets softness due to elevated inventories and reduced demand exiting the year..." -

    Industry Tops 1ZB Shipped Annually In Nearline HDDs For First Time, February 16th, 2021
    Toshiba followed up an astounding 55% year-on-year growth in 2019 with an impressive 35% year-on-year growth in 2020 to lead the industry for a second consecutive year, according to Trendfocus's data.

    'Toshiba has done an admirable job of leveraging its industry-first 9-disk helium design to introduce competitive nearline HDD products in a timely fashion. This has been the cornerstone in the company's ability to launch higher capacity nearline HDD programs,' stated John Chen, VP, Trendfocus, Inc. 'Toshiba's 9-disk helium-sealed HDD platform has enabled the company to achieve the highest five-year CAGRs for nearline HDD Units, exabytes, and average capacity shipped through 2020.' -

    Six Important Storage Premises Around NAND Flash And Tape Replacing HDD, February 17th, 2021
    This research examines 6 important storage premises around NAND flash and tape replacing HDDs .

    The premises are:

    1 Wikibon projects that flash consumer SSDs become cheaper than HDDs on a dollar per terabyte basis by 2026, in only about 5 years (from 2021).

    2 It projects that HDD volumes will continue to decline rapidly by a factor of 10 by the end of this decade.

    3 Innovative storage and processor architectures will accelerate the migration from HDD to NAND flash and tape by using consumer-grade flash.

    4 As a result of 3, flash is lower cost over 5 and 10 years for almost all file-based workloads than HDD, when storage management and space are factored in.

    5 Flash has already overtaken HDDs in total storage petabytes shipped. Wikibon projects the investments in flash fabs and hybrid flash/tape technologies will complete the takeover of HDD by the end of this decade.

    6 The 10-year and 5-year business cases for QLC flash for implementation in 2021 and beyond for exascale NAS environments are compelling.

    IT News - AI
    Is AI Changing The Corporate Landscape?
    TechRepublic, February 17th, 2021
    "It would be fair to say that businesses were dealt a difficult hand last year," writes Ero Georgiades in TechRepublic. "With the onset of the novel coronavirus, organizations across all sectors were forced to completely transform the way that they work, or else be faced with the prospect of closing down their operations entirely. And in the face of chaos, for many businesses this has meant looking to new solutions and pioneering technology to envisage a way through in the new normal..."
    Is AI Just A Fairy Tale? Not In These Successful Use Cases
    TechRepublic, February 15th, 2021
    "Even with technology, sometimes we believe in fairy tales," writes Mary Shacklett in TechRepublic. "A fairy tale is a story with a "fantastic and magical setting or magical influences within a story." I hadn't thought much about fairy tales recently, until I began reviewing the number of online case studies about artificial intelligence (AI) in companies.

    In most of these case studies, the bottom line was that an AI solution had been successfully implemented. However, when I reviewed the stories for business outcomes or results, the results weren't there. Instead, the stories ended with what companies hoped they would realize from their AI investments. They were hoping that fairy tale projects would indeed come true..."

    IT News - Careers
    The Troubling Trend Of Ghosting In Job Recruitment
    TechRepublic, February 17th, 2021
    N.F. Mendoza writes in TechRepublic, "In the summer of 2015, it made its way into the public vernacular as a burn: Charlize Theron allegedly ended her relationship with Sean Penn by not replying to texts or calls, and the media had a field day with a previously little-used term coined by New York writer Hannah VanderPoel, the year before - ghosting.

    Now, ghosting has been co-opted to aptly describe what employers and job-seekers have apparently been doing to each other and describes a rather alarming trend, revealed in a new Indeed report..."

    IT Careers: 3 Top Skills For 2021
    The Enterprisers Project, February 17th, 2021
    "Demand for experienced IT professionals will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future," opines Vishu Krishnamurthy in The Enterprisers Project. "But if you want an edge in today's competitive job market, sharpen your "CSI" skills: cloud, security, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.


    More enterprises are hosting their systems and services on cloud platforms for the greater agility and economic advantages they offer, and this trend is expected to grow. For this reason, the ability to develop software that can be easily deployed to the cloud will become increasingly critical..."

    Data-Center Training, Recruitment Need To Change To Meet Staffing Demands
    Networkworld, February 18th, 2021
    "As demand for data-center capacity has surged," writes Ann Bednarz in Networkworld, "owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute..."
    The Uncertainty Of Cybersecurity Hiring
    SecurityIntelligence, February 17th, 2021
    "The pandemic, the remote work movement, budget changes and the rising aggression and refinement of cyber attacks are all major shifts," writes Mike Elgan in SecurityIntelligence.

    "Through it all, and into the future, is a persistent cybersecurity skills gap. There simply aren't enough experts in this field to go around. And while the shortage of these in-demand experts remains, the job description is changing, segmenting and expanding..."

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 3rd 2021
    Wednesday, March 3rd, 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 - Linux
    7 Of The Best Linux System Cleaning Tools
    Make Tech Easier, February 15th, 2021
    Rubaiat Hossain writes in Make Tech Easier, "Luckily, there are several ways to tackle unresponsive Linux installations. Cleaning up the system is arguably the most useful among them. This list includes some of the best Linux system cleaning tools...

    1. Stacer

    2. BleachBit

    3. Sweeper

    4. GCleaner

    5. Ubuntu Cleaner

    6. FSlint

    7. Synaptic Package Manager

    IT News - Security
    Common Vulnerabilities And Exposures (CVE)
    Business 2 Community, February 17th, 2021
    "When someone refers to a CVE, you can easily find the vulnerability by searching, and you can easily ascertain the criticality of the risk to your organization due to the structured, consistent review and documenting of the vulnerability or exposure in a consistent fashion. Security warnings issued by vendors or researchers almost always mention at least one CVE ID.

    CVE entries are brief, they don't include technical data, or information about potential impacts or the fixes themselves. Those details appear in other databases, including the U.S. National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the CERT/CC Vulnerability Notes Database, and additional lists controlled by the vendor in question or other cybersecurity organizations. Across these different systems, CVE IDs give users a reliable way to understand unique security flaws in a repeatable fashion..." - Business 2 Community

    How To Run A Successful Penetration Test
    Dark Reading, February 18th, 2021
    "Penetration tests are an important part of any security program," opines Steve Zurier in Dark Reading. "Indeed, most companies in the Fortune 200 - maybe even the Fortune 2000 - are well along in their security maturity model to include at least an annual pen tests, experts say.

    Jim O'Gorman, chief content and strategy officer at Offensive Security, says the best pen tests are tailored to the company's goals, delivering actionable results that help it establish clearly identified next steps to continue improving their security..."

    Business Email Compromise Is A Top Concern For Banks
    HelpNet Security, February 19th, 2021
    "Banks worry about business email compromise

    • Spending more/significantly more on security is a 3-year trend (2019: 17%; 2020: 19%; 2021: 22%).

    • 86% of respondents from banks perceive business email compromise / authorized fraud to be the greatest risk to their business over the next 1-2 years.

    • 21% of fraud experiences had a COVID-19 connection.

    Against a multi-year trend of increasing sophistication and automation of fraud, opportunistic criminals leveraged the pandemic-driven push to remote operations to strike in a blitz offensive. The rapid transition to a work from home (WFH) environment created exposures that outpaced structural and procedural defenses, resulting in accelerated threats and fraud loss..." - HelpNet Security

    Top 10 Most Used MITRE ATT&CK Tactics and Techniques
    HelpNet Security, February 16th, 2021
    "The MITRE ATT&CK framework is a well known and widely used knowledge base of cyber adversary tactics, techniques and procedures, and is based on observations on real-world attacks.

    The framework applies to the following technologies:

    • Enterprise IT systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux

    • Cloud systems: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Office 365, and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

    • Mobile devices: Android and iOS

    MITRE ATT&CK can be used to develop threat models, emulate adversaries, help security operations, improve organizational security, verify defenses, develop security architecture, and so on..." - HelpNet Security

    Breach Etiquette: How To Mind Your Manners When It Matters
    Dark Reading, February 17th, 2021
    "Few things elicit greater fear than the moment an organization realizes it has been breached," notes Samuel Greengard in Dark Reading.

    "Picture executives descending into sheer panic and security teams scrambling madly as they assess the situation and attempt to limit the damage. And it's little wonder why: A breach can prove costly - often to the tune of tens of millions of dollars - destroy a brand's reputation (if not the brand itself), and lead to huge regulatory penalties.

    When a breach occurs, how teams act and react has everything to do with how quickly and smoothly an organization gets back on track..."

    Solarwinds Fallout Has Enterprise CISOs On Edge
    SearchSecurity, February 18th, 2021
    Alissa Irei writes in SearchSecurity, "The SolarWinds supply chain hack -- unprecedented in both scope and sophistication -- marks an historic inflection point in how CISOs view the digital supply chain, experts say. By hiding malicious code in a trusted software update for SolarWinds' popular network monitoring platform, Orion, attackers may have gained backdoor access to the networks of thousands of customers, including federal agencies, such as the Departments of Treasury and Justice, and private organizations, such as Microsoft and Cisco. The continuing SolarWinds fallout has prompted companies of all kinds and sizes to regard their third-party technology partners with heightened uneasiness, if not outright suspicion..."
    IT News - HR
    HR's Top 2021 Priority Is To Be A Strategic Adviser To Leadership, Report Says
    HRDive, February 16th, 2021
    Ryan Golden writes in HRDive, "The pandemic-driven push to digital forms of work necessitates a strategic approach, the firm said. Remote work and social distancing present "unprecedented obstacles" to workplace culture, including the absence of "artifacts and rituals that reinforce culture." In addition to finding ways to connect employees, HR will need to align talent management functions - such as programs and policies promoting wellness and productivity - with business strategies...

    Dive Insight:

    Drastic changes in 2020 may have expedited much of the changes HR analysts had called for in recent years. Increasingly, reports suggest executives both within and outside of HR recognize the enhanced role the profession has played during the pandemic..."

    IT News - IoT
    Overcoming IoT Asset Management Challenges
    Secuity Boulevard, February 17th, 2021
    Noah Simon writes in Secuity Boulevard, "With the number of IoT devices expected to reach 55.7 billion worldwide by 2025, security teams face increasing complexity and challenges in discovering, managing and securing all of these assets. Emerging data security and privacy requirements can create further complications.

    Let's take a closer look at these challenges and the IoT device asset management best practices that can help security teams overcome them..."

    IT News - PM
    Project Management Guide: Tips, Strategies, Best Practices
    CIO, February 19th, 2021
    Moira Alexander writes in CIO, "Project management is a complex discipline rife with enough key phases, knowledge areas, and terms to fill a glossary. To simplify the key components of successful project management, offers the following comprehensive guide to project management, including tips, strategies and best practices.

    Project management definition

    Project management is a business discipline that involves applying specific processes, knowledge, skills, techniques and tools to meet project goals and deliverables successfully. Project management professionals help drive, guide, and execute company-identified value-added goals by applying processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor, and close all activities related to a given business project in alignment with the organization's overall strategic objectives..."

    IT News - Cloud
    Cloud Computing 'Sticker Shock' Is On The Rise, And Containing It May Be A New Career Path
    ZDNet, February 15th, 2021
    "As cloud adoption rises," opines Joe McKendrick in ZDNet, so does cloud "sticker shock." That tremendous savings seen from the switch to up-front CapEx investments in information technology to subscription mode soon gets soured as the rising monthly bills come in for services nobody knows where and when they are being used.

    If you feel your organization is behind the curve with automating even the most routine parts of cloud, and cloud spending is an unseen disaster waiting to happen, don't feel so bad -- even the most informed financial experts are still trying to figure these things out..."

      IT News - Technology
      Chromebooks Were More Popular Than Macs For The First Time Last Year, February 17th, 2021
      "Devices running Google's Chrome OS proved more popular than Apple Macs for the first time last year, new figures suggest," writes Joel Khalili in an article for "According to data from analyst house IDC, the pair were neck and neck in Q1, but Chromebooks began to pull away from Q2 onwards and ultimately captured 10.8% of PC sales in 2020, as compared with the 7.5% achieved by Apple.

      As the pandemic began to take hold in March, shipment data suggests buyer sentiment was skewed in favor of affordable Chromebook ranges, available from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo..."

      Resources For Making Sense Of Quantum Computing
      TechRepublic, February 16th, 2021
      Brandon Vigliarolo writes in TechRepublic, "Since the dawn of the information age, the computers we've built have become more powerful than ever. Modern machines are capable of feats considered the realm of fiction even a few short decades ago: Solving complex problems, learning, and behaving in an intelligent manner are just some of the things today's supercomputers can do, but there's a catch..."
      DoD Contract To Build A 3D Printing 'Factory' In Shipping Container
      TechCrunch, February 17th, 2021
      "ExOne this week announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has granted it $1.6 million," reports Brian Heater in TechCrunch.

      "It's one of the Pennsylvania-based metal 3D printing company's largest government contracts, in service of building a portable 3D printing factory for the front line - essentially a method for troops to fabricate broken and missing parts where they need them the most..."

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