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IT News - CxO
Observability Can Help CIOs Solve Complex IT Problems, September 6th, 2021
"At a high level," notes Sohini Bagchi in, "observability refers to the degree to which the internal state of a system can be inferred based on externally available outputs. Therefore, the more observable a system is, the more it will enable teams to understand, manage, and enhance its performance. And with IT teams struggling to cope with today's complex and dynamic IT environment, experts believe having a robust observability practice means fewer service disruptions, better customer experiences and more successful digital transformations. And all of this, leading to an improved bottomline..."
CISOs And The Trust Imperative
Forrester, September 10th, 2021
"The trust imperative is the next major shift enterprises will encounter," opines Jeff Pollard in a blog for Forrester. "New market leaders will not solely arise from technology platforms, sophisticated analytics, or sophisticated capital allocations. Instead, consumers and business leaders will increasingly turn to companies they can trust. And trust will move markets.

At Forrester's upcoming Security & Risk event on November 9-10, I'll deliver a keynote on the CISO's role in the trust imperative. Security leaders will learn why and how the trust imperative requires their full participation. There is no executive role that better aligns with the trust imperative than the CISO..."

CIO Transformation: From Order-Taker To Changemaker
CIO, September 7th, 2021
"Many CIOs rose to the front lines of leadership during the COVID crisis," writes Mary K. Pratt in CIO, "as they accelerated their organizations' digital transformations to survive the pandemic and its economic fallout.

But not all IT leaders gained that prominence. Some remain stuck in an order-taker role, where they support their company's initiative and enable its strategic agenda but aren't driving much, if any, of the actual change..."

IT Scalability As A Competitive Advantage
CIO, September 10th, 2021
"Since 2016, the digital transformation phenomena have generated 90% of the world's data and this astonishing growth shows no sign of slowing.

Digital transformation is rapidly increasing requirements for larger technology stacks to store, compute, analyze and connect the data. All of this requires more power as evidenced by the Valuates Report, which projects the global data center market for power increasing 43% from $15 billion in 2020 to $21.5 billion by 2026.

This increase in demand for power is commensurate with increases in data center space and connectivity required to accommodate expanding compute and storage environments in colocation data centers..."

5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles
The Enterprisers Project, September 10th, 2021
Katie Sanders writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library 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 the month.

  • For an agile transformation, choose the right people
  • 5 questions boards should be asking about digital transformation
  • 4 ways to manage your energy more effectively
  • 3 ways to help your team recover from disruption
  • A CEO's guide to planning a return to the office

Read on for details

Build A Better Strategic Plan For Your Function
Gartner, September 10th, 2021
"That's one reason that strategic execution often takes too long and costs more than originally anticipated. In fact, only 8% of strategy leaders report a success rate of 90% or more on long-term strategic initiatives.

Done well, a strategic plan turns the enterprise strategy into specific initiatives and actions that provide a clear roadmap to execute the strategy and meet business goals..." - Gartner

IT News - Storage
By Toshiba, Why HDDs Will Remain Relevant?, September 8th, 2021
"Although we are seeing HDD drives disappear from many end devices, it doesn't mean the end for this storage medium," writes Rainer W. Kaese in

"Rapidly growing amounts of data push storage space requirements in data centers and the cloud to the very limit, which means HDDs remain relevant and important. 2020 saw a total combined capacity of over 1ZB in HDDs delivered to the market for the first time.

Tape storage should no longer exist. When tape drives disappeared from desks in the 1990s because computers were equipped with internal HDDs large enough for archiving purposes, many experts predicted the imminent end of the technology - but that did not happen. Even today, there is a stable market for tape storage, as it is still essential for efficient and cost-effective archiving of data..."

Best Storage As-A-Service Providers 2021, September 10th, 2021
"Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) has only been with us for a little more than a decade, but it is hard to find someone who isn't using it. Whether it's via Microsoft OneDrive on their home computer, iCloud for their phone, or Dropbox, most people are using some form of online storage. And, many are using a lot of it, including entire businesses.

These days, online storage is being offered at excellent rates. Relatively small amounts of storage are given for free, and then most providers offer multiple tiers. From instantly available high-performance storage at the highest rates, service tiers grade down to lower performance and slower retrieval. The bottom, archival tier is very cheap with longer retrievals..."

Best Cross-Platform Data Migration Tool 2021
ZDNet, September 8th, 2021
"When you have to move data from one computer to another or from a client to a server, you need tools that can reliably move your files and verify that the move was successful. In this guide, we're going to look at eight such tools, each of which solves a different sort of problem or gives you a different approach or interface to get the job done.

This category has a ton of software products. FTP software, for example, has been around for decades. Our approach was to look for products that worked (or had versions for) multiple platforms, as well as a deep feature set and a solid interface. Later, I'll show you two tools I personally use regularly and rely upon, as well as two enterprise-class tools for when you need to move vast amounts of data on an ongoing basis..."

    IT News - AI
    Gartner: AI Is Moving Fast And Will Be Ready For Prime Time Sooner Than You Think
    TechRepublic, September 9th, 2021
    Veronica Comb writes in TechRepublic, "Users want more than artificial intelligence can provide at the moment but those capabilities are changing fast, according to Gartner's Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence 2021 report. Gartner analysts described 34 types of AI technologies in the report and also noted that the AI hype cycle is more fast-paced, with an above-average number of innovations reaching mainstream adoption within two to five years.

    Gartner analysts found more innovations in the innovation trigger phase of the hype cycle than usual. That means that end users are looking for specific technology capabilities that current AI tools can't quite deliver yet. Synthetic data, orchestration platforms, composite AI, governance, human-centered AI and generative AI are all in this early phase..."

    Gartner Identifies Four Trends Driving Near-Term Artificial Intelligence Innovation
    Gartner, September 8th, 2021
    Four trends on the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2021 are driving near-term artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. These trends include responsible AI; small and wide data approaches; operationalization of AI platforms; and efficient use of data, model and compute resources.

    'AI innovation is happening at a rapid pace, with an above-average number of technologies on the Hype Cycle reaching mainstream adoption within two to five years,' said Shubhangi Vashisth, senior principal research analyst at Gartner. 'Innovations including edge AI, computer vision, decision intelligence and machine learning are all poised to have a transformational impact on the market in coming years.'

    Five Worthy Reads: Data Center Operations Through The Eyes Of AI
    Security Boulevard, September 10th, 2021
    Monisha Ravi writes in Security Boulevard, "Artificial intelligence (AI) is the talk of the town. Organizations worldwide are using the technology to support their workforces and especially with mundane tasks so human efforts can be dedicated to more vital activities. Another focus of AI lately has been in data centers where the crucial data and applications reside and only authorized personnel are allowed entry. How can AI improve operations and performance within a data center? Let's find out..."
    vBeers South Florida @ Flossie's Bar & Grill, Ft. Lauderdale (September 22nd) with South Florida Tech Hub
    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!


    • Wednesday 15th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
    • Wednesday 22nd - Flossie's Bar & Grill, Ft. Lauderdale


    • Wednesday 6th - Zoom
    • Wednesday 13th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
    • Wednesday 20th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
    • Wednesday 27th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

    Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

    vBeers 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
    Zero Trust: There Is More Than One Attack Surface, September 8th, 2021
    Chris Mayers writes in, "The security of your home will improve significantly when you complement the lock on your front door with an alarm and video surveillance system that tracks everyone knocking at your door, passing through it, and moving around your house. But this will not stop criminals from breaking your windows and quickly grabbing everything within reach, trying to manipulate and deactivate your alarm system remotely, or watching your every move to gather sensitive information. Similarly, a zero-trust network architecture (ZTNA) is an important first step to enhance business security, but a comprehensive zero-trust strategy requires taking additional steps..."
    Cybersecurity Market 2021
    Datamation, September 10th, 2021
    Shelby Hiter writes in Datamation, "Read on to learn about what the cybersecurity market looks like today and how enterprises of varying sizes and industries can benefit from additional cybersecurity support:..."

    A Closer Look At Cybersecurity Software

    • Today's cybersecurity market
    • Cybersecurity companies
    • Cybersecurity features and solutions
    • Cybersecurity use cases
    • Benefits of cybersecurity

    Today's Cybersecurity Market

    The cybersecurity market is valued at $179.96 billion in 2021 and is estimated to more than double to $372.04 billion by 2028, according to Grand View Research.

    Researchers attribute this rapid rate of growth to a few factors: a growing number of cyberattacks and sophisticated attack vectors; protections needed for an increasingly distributed workforce; and a desire to restructure security to better fit a cloud environment...

    Building Blocks: How To Create A Privileged Access Management (PAM) Strategy
    SecurityIntelligence, September 8th, 2021
    Dawn Blizard writes in SecurityIntelligence, "The pace of digital change is speeding up and reliance on the cloud increasing. So, businesses and agencies must develop new PAM strategies to keep up. Processes and tools that could support yesterday's on-premises IT rarely meet the needs of today.

    The events of 2020 sped up the pace of digital adoption across workplaces. But even before that, IT and cybersecurity experts lacked confidence about whether their PAM tactics were working. Nearly 40% of the respondents to a mid-2019 survey from Remediant said they weren't sure their current PAM solution would be able to prevent all misuse of privileged accounts, and 8% weren't certain that it could prevent any..."

    Five Tough Questions You Need To Answer About Ransomware
    Continuity Central, September 7th, 2021
    Jim McGann writes in Continuity Central, "In the past, ransomware attacks were less common and easier to combat, however, today with the rise of bitcoin and ransomware as a service, attacks are more common than ever.

    Additionally, cyber criminals used to rely on simple business email compromise attacks and send out thousands of infected emails hoping someone would innocently click. Today, these bad actors have become far more sophisticated, utilizing machine learning and hidden approaches that easily circumvent existing security applications.

    As a result, organizations have realized the inevitable: it's not if, but when the attack will occur. If your organization is relying on the status quo to continue your IT operations as is, you will soon be faced with a few tough questions from your executives - questions for which you will need to have a confident and intelligent answer..."

    Traditional Siem Platforms No Longer Meet The Needs Of Security Practitioners
    HelpNet Security, September 7th, 2021
    'Insights from this report confirm what my team and I have also experienced working at companies like Amazon and Airbnb - traditional SIEM platforms no longer meet the growing needs of security practitioners who face new and emerging threats,' said Jack Naglieri, CEO and founder of Panther Labs.

    'The threat detection market is undergoing a radical transformation fueled by continuously evolving changes to infrastructure, remote workforce, budget restructuring, and other business, compliance, and security drivers. Our goal with this report is to assess the current state of SIEM, what security professionals are seeing, what they're concerned about, and what they want to improve.'

    IT News - IoT
    IoT Interest Is Growing, But So Are Cybersecurity Concerns
    HelpNet Security, September 10th, 2021
    "The report finds a growing interest in using the IoT in several ways, such as improving the efficiency of the supply chain, running shop floor equipment, and powering autonomous vehicles.

    'There is a clear resurgence of interest from enterprises around the world in the IoT,' said Gaurav Gupta, partner and global leader, ISG Digital Engineering. 'Most large enterprises, having chosen their IoT platforms by now, are interested in scaling their IoT initiatives globally'..."

    Using Blockchain To Improve Security For IoT Devices
    IoT Agenda, September 9th, 2021
    "Large-scale IoT deployments are currently within our grasp technologically in the form of smart cities," writes Neil Okikiolu in IoT Agenda.

    "Smart cities have promised to make our lives more efficient. With connected devices and information controlled by an intelligent system, cities will never have traffic jams again. Connected technology can also make cities energy efficient with different sensors identifying waste. Despite the tech industry talking about it for a decade and a half, it has not come to fruition..."

    Get Started Programming The Internet Of Things
    IoT Agenda, September 10th, 2021
    "Even if IT professionals know the essential components of IoT and how they want to use it, many must still contend with developing skills in a new focus area, which can be highly nuanced," writes Kristen Gloss in IoT Agenda.

    "Programming a full-stack IoT deployment requires at least a basic understanding of software engineering, but the main challenge comes from integrating IoT devices with the rest of the organization's platforms and services..."

    IT News - Cloud
    4 Must-Have Technologies That Made The Gartner Hype Cycle For Cloud Security, 2021
    Gartner, September 8th, 2021
    Cloud adoption was on the rise well before the pandemic, and Gartner now predicts public cloud deployments will outnumber private data center workloads by the end of this year. With this growth comes the urgent need to improve secure access to the web, cloud services and cloud-native applications.

    'Cloud-first strategies are now common, even among risk-averse organizations,' says Tom Croll, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner. 'However, execution remains impeded by a lack of necessary skills and tools to ensure secure cloud computing deployments.'

    Best Cloud Migration Service 2021
    ZDNet, September 7th, 2021
    "According to statistics aggregator service Statistica, organizations used an average of 80 cloud applications in 2020, up from 16 just three years before. With this level of investment and reliance on cloud-based services, both users and companies will inevitably want to move from cloud service to cloud service.

    I've written before about how cloud vendors can capriciously change their policies and pricing and how lock-in can arise out of cloud reliance. Once you're fully invested (and therefore fully reliant) on the cloud, this can be a real problem..."

      Cloud Computing Market To Reach $1,251.09 Billion By 2028
      HelpNet Security, September 8th, 2021
      "This growth can be attributed to several factors, including digital transformation across various industries, a surge in internet penetration, and big data consumption in various verticals. Increasing adoption of 5G, IoT, and AI is expected to further support the growth of the market for cloud computing.

      The IaaS segment is expected to register the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to the increased adoption of multi-cloud due to benefits, such as scalability and fast data accessibility..."

      IT News - Operations
      Patch Management: Definition, Process & Best Practices
      ServerWatch, September 9th, 2021
      "For developers, software programs are a never-ending work in progress," opines Sam Ingalls in ServerWatch. "From adding new features, revising code, and resolving vulnerabilities, software publishers release updates or patches to ensure their software applications remain fully functional and secure. For clients, legacy or outdated software tools can appear harmless - but the reality is that most code contains vulnerabilities.

      In this article, we look at patch management, how patching works, and best practices for safeguarding software integrity..."

      IT News - ERP
      6 Cloud ERP Implementation Challenges And How To Solve Them
      SearchERP, September 8th, 2021
      "Cloud ERP implementations are rife with the potential for failure," warns Eric St-Jean in SearchERP. "However, some implementation problems occur so frequently they are easy to predict and guard against.

      Addressing these challenges early and monitoring the overall process closely can ensure a smooth cloud ERP implementation and help avoid problems down the road.

      Here are some common ERP implementation challenges and ways to tackle them..."

      The Best ERP Systems For Small Businesses To Consider Working With
      Solutions Review, September 10th, 2021
      "No matter the industry, the market, or size, every business can benefit from an ERP solution," says William Jepma in Solutions Review.

      "However, choosing the right vendor and solution can be complicated, especially as a small business, where budget, functionalities, and scalability are crucial. SMBs need a solution that can meet their immediate needs and grow alongside them as their team and customer base expands over time. There are plenty of leading ERP solutions to choose from, but not all of them are qualified to meet the needs of small-to-medium-sized businesses..."

        ERP Takes Flight
        GIGAOM, September 7th, 2021
        Mark Chillingworth writes for GIGAOM, "A European business at the forefront of developing electric aircraft is currently evolving from developing prototype aircraft to becoming an approved aircraft builder. The business required an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform to run its core business processes, become an accredited aircraft manufacturer, and professionalize its business technology estate. As a four-year-old business with a strong data and digital services component, the ERP platform had to be cloud-native and avoid unnecessary complexity that could lead to delays or increase business costs..."
          IT News - Encryption
          The Post-Quantum Cryptography World Is Coming: Here's How To Prepare
          SecurityIntelligence, September 8th, 2021
          Jennifer Gregory writes in SecurityIntelligence, "And you wondered when they would add a new lane, extend a road or install a new stoplight. But think about this: If you're skipping over news articles about quantum computing and post-quantum cryptography, you're doing the same thing in relation to your business that town planners seem to do relative to new construction - waiting for the negative impacts before fixing the issue.

          Much (if not most) of the time, these changes only happen after negative impacts come in force. People will go to council meetings over accidents and stop-and-go traffic. Have you ever wondered why town planners don't proactively improve the roads before the new construction is finished? ..."

          IT News - Tape
          IBM Leads Parade Of Vendors Delivering LTO-9 Tape Drives
          SearchDataBackup, September 10th, 2021
          Ed Scannell writes for TechTarget that "A number of top- tier vendors delivered new version of tape drives that meet the Ultrium LTO-9 specification, allowing users to pack up to 45 terabytes of compressed data on a single cartridge.

          The new IBM LTO-9 Tape Drive features the company's Open Recommended Access Order (oRAO), an accelerator that allows applications to retrieve data from tapes faster thanks to dramatically reduced seek times among files. The accelerator can be used with compressed or uncompressed data, reducing access times by up to 73%, according to IBM..."

          If Your Storage Admin Is A Bit Excitable Today, Be Kind: 45TB LTO-9 Tape Media And Drives Just Debuted
          The Register, September 8th, 2021
          Simon Sharwood reports in The Register that "The Linear Tape-Open (LTO) organisation has signed off on efforts by Fujifilm and Sony to create tapes that conform with the LTO-9 standard - meaning that new-generation tapes with 45 terabytes of capacity are now on sale.

          Fujifilm bolted out of the gates with an announcement to the effect that it sells media that support LTO-9's spec of 18TB native capacity, or 45TB after data is compressed..."

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