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IT News - CxO
Enterprise IT Leaders 'Aggressive' About Shift To The Cloud
ITProPortal, March 23rd, 2021
"IT leaders worldwide are 'aggressively' moving legacy infrastructure into the cloud, eager to achieve the business, technical and financial benefits of the shift.

This is according to a new report from specialist SAP technology consultancy Lemongrass, which claims the move could be 'rough' if organizations don't put the proper measures in place..."

Top IT Spending Priorities For 2021
CIO, March 23rd, 2021
"The pandemic will continue to influence IT budgets in the next 12 months in ways both large and small. Organizations will rely on technology to improve remote work infrastructure, expand digital transformation initiatives, and create or enhance a variety of customer services.

In particular, according to the 2021 State of the CIO survey of 812 IT leaders, IT shops will spend more on data and business analytics (39%), security and risk management (37%), cloud-based enterprise applications (32%), and customer experience technologies, including chatbots and mobile apps (30%)..."

Digital Transformation And Edge Computing: 7 Best Practices
The Enterprisers Project, March 24th, 2021
"Digital transformation and edge computing are not mutually exclusive approaches. Quite the contrary, say edge experts. Edge 'is an enabler or accelerator technology' for digital transformation, says Vishnu Andhare, senior consultant with technology research and advisory firm ISG.

That's especially true for Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives which are part of digital transformation efforts. The last mile of these projects -- which are essentially distributed computing defined - used to be a bottleneck. However, when IT organizations apply edge approaches, IoT can be a real game changer. By distributing analytics and processing closer to where data is generated, enterprises can realize real-time use cases while minimizing communications costs..."

The Water Cooler: 6 Overplayed IT Trends
CIODIVE, March 24th, 2021
"Every year, the technology community condenses on the technology trends to watch, led by forward-looking executives and analysts. But forecasting which trends will stick can vary as unpredictable disruption occurs, which the COVID-19 pandemic made obvious.

Many technology trends - such as the power of the cloud and importance of security - have proven steadfast, shaping business decisions for years. Yet, too many guiding principles endorsed to IT leaders as the next big thing fall flat.

For a pulse check on overplayed themes in business technology, CIO Dive asked IT executives to share the trends and predictions that they're sick of hearing about:..."

The CIO's Shifting Role: Improving Security With Shared Responsibility
Dark Reading, March 25th, 2021
"Once referred to as the "custodian of technology," today's CIO now serves as a critical bridge that helps connect IT, security, and business revenue. With rapid digitalization and skyrocketing cloud adoption, CIOs must ensure an organization's day-to-day operations, security systems, and cloud operating systems are all functioning smoothly.

Adopting a shared responsibility model, a security framework that balances security governance and clearly outlines the provider and security team's respective obligations, will provide CIOs with the proper insight into day-to-day security operations. As cloud adoptions, transitions, and expansions are expected at a breakneck pace, working together with CISOs, IT executives, and internal security experts will create a stronger security model as long as a clear point of view and intrinsic visibility are well maintained..."

How CISOs Limit Downtime Without Impacting Security
Security Boulevard, March 25th, 2021
"The huge surge in attacks over the last decade means cybersecurity is the biggest challenge organizations face today, and attacks pose the greatest threat to their survival. This has significantly increased security awareness, and cemented the topic on the CEO's agenda. It is now one of the most important issues discussed at board meetings. Cybersecurity today is about much more than just technology, it is a business enabler, providing key competitive advantages and, with regulatory bodies enforcing seven-figure fines on organizations that gamble with security, it can have significant consequences for the bottom line..."
Why And How The Chief Information Officer Role Is Changing
InformationWeek, March 26th, 2021
"Today's CIOs should be a strategic asset to their companies. If they're not, then your company has a problem, you've got the wrong person in the position, or both. Businesses are becoming increasingly digitalized and as a result business and IT strategies must be unified.

"The CIO almost becomes a Swiss Army knife in terms of knowing something about the operations of everything because everything involves the technology in some way, shape or form," said Rich Temple, VP and CIO at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. "The CIO is a much more strategically and operationally focused role than I think it ever was."

IT News - Storage
Cloud File Vendors Try To Woo Enterprise Storage Buyers
SearchStorage, March 22nd, 2021
"Enterprise-ready cloud file storage continues to gain attention, and several vendor products introduced offerings last week that address cost and data security.

File storage in the cloud initially was based on object storage, and while that remains a well-used deployment, it has limitations. Cloud providers AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure all provide file instances, but those systems do not easily scale. Surging creation of dense unstructured data has led to a flurry of products, as vendors try to deliver NAS performance and scalability as a native cloud service..."

IT News - AI
AI Makes Edge And IoT Smarter
CIO, March 25th, 2021
Lots of things are being called 'smart' these days - everything from light bulbs to cars. Increasingly, the smarts come from some form of artificial intelligence or machine learning.

AI is no longer limited to big central data centers. By moving it to the edge, enterprises can reduce latency, improve performance, reduce bandwidth requirements, and enable devices to continue to operate even when there's no network connectivity.

IT News - FOSS
10 Open Source Tools For Content Creators, March 26th, 2021
"There are a lot of well-known open source applications used in web design, but there are also many great tools that are not as popular. I thought I'd challenge myself to find some obscure options on the chance I might find something useful.

Open source offers a wealth of options, so it's no surprise that I found 10 new applications that I now consider indispensable to my work..."

IT News - Careers
Top 8 Most In-Demand IT Tech Jobs Of 2021, March 24th, 2021
"For job seekers, the demand for specific jobs should factor into their career decisions -- perhaps now more than ever. With the job market affected by events, such as the global pandemic and its resulting wave of layoffs, it's important to know which jobs are still on the upswing.

Learn about eight of the most in-demand tech jobs and IT jobs 2021 has to offer, as well as general job duties, recommended skills for job seekers, why the position is in demand, and paths to careers for each position listed. Jobs are not ranked in any order."

    Over 80% Of Workers Don't Want To Go Back To The Office Full Time, Survey Finds
    CNET, March 25th, 2021
    "A survey by Harvard Business School has found 81% of people who have been working from home through the COVID-19 pandemic either don't want to go back or prefer a hybrid schedule. Of the 1,500 remote workers surveyed for the study, 27% hope to continue working remotely full time indefinitely, while 61% would prefer to mix working from home with going into the office two or three days a week..."
      10 Tips For Fostering A Culture Of Continuous Learning
      CIO, March 24th, 2021
      When McAfee CIO Scott Howitt asks prospective hires about their hobbies, he's actually trying to discern whether they're self-motivated learners.

      'I purposely look for people for whom learning is a hobby: Do they travel, do they read, are they programming Raspberry Pis on their own? Those are the people I want,' Howitt says.

      He hired one applicant who set up a mini data center in his garage to work on networking skills, and he created a position for an HR colleague who shared that she had earned the Global Information Assurance Certification on her own.

      vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom April 7th 2021
      Wednesday, April 7th, 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:

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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 April 14th 2021
      Wednesday, April 14th, 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
      How To Create A RAM Drive In Linux
      CloudSavvy IT, March 26th, 2021
      "The RAM chips in your computer can be used to hold a virtual drive. This drive is then not stored on the hard disk but in RAM. Not only will the speed of this virtual disk be significantly faster the a normal disk (and especially when compared with an older type spinning disk, as the physical movement of parts inside a spinning disk cause additional delays), RAM chips do not wear as fast as disks, and again especially and all the more so with older type physical drives..."
        IT News - Security
        Being a CISO in 2021: How to Be a Business Leader in the Boardroom
        Security Boulevard, March 24th, 2021
        "A post-pandemic world has spawned other challenges for security professionals with the rise of remote work-like making sure data remained secure in an environment that wasn't constantly monitored, Zoom hacks, secure API integrations, and dozens of other issues. CISO's are facing more scrutiny about security posture from the Board of Directors than ever.

        CISO's needed to be on the top of their game - because, in addition to those high-risk challenges, countless businesses found themselves fast-forwarding their digital transformation initiatives to adapt to the new normal. 2020 has been coined as the year of the great accelerator because initiatives that had been put on hold were now suddenly necessary to support remote work. With the lack of in-person face time, combined with security risks, many businesses were playing catch up as threat models and control points changed, and they seemed always to find themselves one step behind..."

        How To Build A Strong Information Security Policy
        Security Boulevard, March 26th, 2021
        An information security policy brings together all of the policies, procedures, and technology that protect your company's data in one document.

        According to Infosec Institute, the main purposes of an information security policy are the following:

        • To establish a general approach to information security.

        • To detect and forestall the compromise of information security such as misuse of data, networks, computer systems, and applications.

        • To protect the reputation of the company with respect to its ethical and legal responsibilities.

        • To observe the rights of the customers; providing effective mechanisms for responding to complaints and queries concerning real or perceived non-compliances with the policy is one way to achieve this objective.

        In addition, information security is a key part of many IT-focused compliance frameworks. If you're doing business with large enterprises, healthcare customers, or local, state, or federal government agencies, compliance with standards like SOC 2, HIPAA, and FEDRAMP are a must have and sometimes even contractually required. A detailed information security plan will put you that much closer to compliance with the frameworks that will make you a viable business partner for many organizations.

        Hope Is Not A (Security) Strategy
        Security Boulevard, March 25th, 2021
        "The book has been around for some time but it still resonates today. This same notion applies to security and risk management. All too often, security teams are reacting to the latest threat, struggling with maintaining policies on their security gateways and buried in alerts and access control issues.

        Despite decades of investment in defense-in-depth strategies, many CISOs are hoping they won't be next. This is where isolation comes in. What if, rather than responding to attacks after the fact, businesses can prevent them from reaching workers in the first place? Not only is hope not a strategy, but it's bad for business. The 2020 IBM Data Breach Report put the cost of a breach at $3.86M in damages. Per breach. Seriously..."

        IT News - HR
        Remote Working Is Leading To Higher Job Satisfaction For Many
        ITProPortal, March 24th, 2021
        "It appears concerns that remote working would drive mass employee burnout may have be unfounded, because many workers are thriving at home.

        This is according to a new report from Lenovo, based on a study of more than 8,000 employees and IT decision-makers across 14 markets.

        Almost all remote workers (83 percent) expect to continue operating from the home office for at least half the time, with a significant majority (60 percent) happy to do so. Given the choice, the vast majority (83 percent) would opt for a hybrid working model, whereby their time is split between home and the office.."

        Employees Must Be Given The Right To Disconnect
        ComputerWeekly, March 24th, 2021
        "According to a recent survey, one in five companies have turned to digital surveillance to keep tabs on their employees, or are planning to do so. We have seen a rush towards technology to keep us safe during Covid, but is there, as this evidence suggests, now a more sinister side that we need to talk about?

        The transformative nature of technology is very real. In December 2019, 10 million people were using Zoom daily; by April, that had jumped to 300 million. Whether it is video-conferencing platforms, online collaboration tools or chat groups, our working worlds have been turned upside down by the need to support remote working. But, one year on from the first lockdown, we risk creating a new environment of surveillance that would undermine the benefits of flexibility..."

          IT News - IoT
          IoT Could Soon Be As Common As Your Daily Commute
          Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2021
          "Additionally, smart homes and smart home features are likely part of your vocabulary in today's world, including the likes of Ring Doorbells, Nest to remotely handle things like your thermostat, or any number of artificial intelligence (A.I.)-based devices, such as Amazon's Alexa.

          But have you yet heard of a 'Smart City?'

          Despite having the aforementioned technologies, does the concept of Smart City still sound like something out of a sci-fi movie or Netflix series? It shouldn't, as the technology that encompasses a Smart City is fast becoming a reality, and it is already applied in many ways..."

          IT News - Cloud
          5 Cloud Security Must-Haves In 2021
          SecurityIntelligence, March 24th, 2021
          "There's hybrid cloud, multicloud, digital transformation, microservices and so much more. While these terms can be confusing, the key element to keep in mind is that cloud data security should be an inherent part of business-level strategy and discussion for any successful cloud migration.

          The importance of addressing key security and compliance needs weighs heavily on many organizations. It's a very valid concern, as an estimated 990 million cloud servers are misconfigured.

          In addition to cloud misconfigurations, some of the most top-of-mind hybrid cloud and multicloud concerns include:..."

          Two Recommendations To Make Cloud Storage Simple Again
          DCIG, March 25th, 2021
          "The more organizations adopted S3 object storage, the more storage choices they requested of those who provided it. However, all these choices had unexpected side effects. Simple storage services became increasingly complex and costly to manage. To make cloud storage simple again, here are two recommendations for organizations to follow..."
            An Overview Of The Serverless Computing Architecture Trend
            Data Center Knowledge, March 24th, 2021
            "Tech has no shortage of buzzy new technologies - and cutting through the hype to see what will actually impact the enterprise can be challenging. We're here to help. Starting in 2021, our contributors will give a rundown on an emerging tech and whether or not it'll pay off to pay attention to it. Here, we look at serverless computing architecture..."
              IT News - Networks
              Software Defined Networking (SDN) Advantages
              ServerWatch, March 23rd, 2021
              "And, if you are a cloud service provider and want to ensure customers can move their virtualized workloads without requiring much planning, the advantages of Software-Defined Networking SDN may be the answer to your prayers.SDN not only reduces the complexity seen in today's networks but also helps Cloud service providers host millions of virtual networks without the need for common separation isolation methods such as virtual local area networks (VLAN). SDN also enables network administrators to manage network services from a central management tool by virtualizing physical network connectivity into logical network connectivity..."
              IT News - Technology
              Intel Launches Foundry Biz With $10B Fab Spend, Teams Up With IBM
              HP News, March 24th, 2021
              "The announcement had three thrusts: getting 7nm back on track with EUV technology, launching Intel Foundry Services with a $20 billion investment in two new fabs, and a new research collaboration with IBM. The company also announced it is reviving the spirit of the Intel Developer Forum event with the launch of Intel On, planned for October in San Francisco.

              Out of the gate, Gelsinger said that the company's 7nm process issue had been resolved, thanks in large part to Intel's full embrace of EUV, where the company was previously on the wrong side of the EUV maturity curve'..."

              IT News - Virtualization
              Moving From VMs To A Container-Based Enterprise Architecture
              ComputerWeekly, March 23rd, 2021
              "As businesses continue to modernise their server estate and move towards a cloud-native architecture, one of the biggest challenges they face is what to do with their core business applications that cannot easily be re-hosted without significant risk and disruption.

              Enterprises previously virtualised their server estates, allowing them to run existing applications on modern hardware. If they needed an additional server, they could have one up and running in a few clicks. And, if it broke, they just deleted it and started again..."

                IT News - Social Media
                10 Social Media Trends You Cannot Ignore In 2021
                Business 2 Community, March 26th, 2021
                "Brands and companies utilize social media to connect with their target audience. We live in a time where technology is moving fast and consumer interests are hard to predict. Hence, it is vital to understand audience preference and foster organic engagement.

                As social media platforms are emerging and evolving, it is more than necessary to hop on the bandwagon. With the growing usage of social media, it has become quite essential to make your presence felt. Research shows that 52% of brand discovery happens on Instagram before indicating that it is the customer's first stop before even visiting the company's website..."

                  IT News - Email
                  Anti-Spoofing For Email Gains Adoption, But Enforcement Lags
                  Dark Reading, March 23rd, 2021
                  "The number of domains using an anti-spoofing technology known as Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance, or DMARC, topped 2.7 million in 2020, yet most domains still fail to specify a policy to delete or quarantine unauthenticated email, according to data from security firms published over the last month.

                  During the pandemic, email scams and phishing attacks that purported to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) widely targeted businesses and government agencies. DMARC foils one component of such attacks, when the attacker spoofs an organization in an e-mail's From field. As of December 2020, more than 2.7 million domains published a DMARC record, up 43% during the last year, according to the latest adoption report on, based on data from Farsight Security, a cybersecurity intelligence firm..."

                  IT News - Developer
                  Which Coding Language Should You Be Learning? With This Sale, You Can Learn Seven Of The Biggest
                  TheNextWeb, March 25th, 2021
                  "If you know English and Spanish, you're in a much better position to understand, communicate with, and get to know many more people than if you only knew one or the other. By that same token, learning a variety of coding languages can open you up to a broadening universe of possibilities.

                  Knowing more than one coding discipline improves your odds of finding a solution to a programming problem. But maybe more importantly, learning several coding languages can put you in line for even more programming jobs, maximizing your chances to work on projects you enjoy - with an increased paycheck to prove it..."

                    IT News - Big Data
                    New Research Suggests Young Digital Natives Lack The Data Literacy Employers Crave - But Is It All A Big Misunderstanding?
                    insideBIGDATA, March 28th, 2021
                    "The study of 3,000 16- to 21-year-olds (coined D/NATIVES by Exasol because of their everyday digital skills) finds that despite over half of respondents believing that their ability to understand data will be as vital to their future as their ability to read and write - only 43% actually consider themselves to be data literate. Interestingly, a higher proportion (55%) said they can read, work with, analyze and argue with statistics-which are the required skills for data literacy according to MIT's definition..."
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