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IT News - CxO
Top 9 Challenges IT Leaders Will Face In 2020
CIO, January 6th, 2020
"This year will assuredly see tech leaders laser-focused once again on digital initiatives, but the processes they have in place for doing so won't be a slam dunk for success," notes Paul Heltzel in CIO. "Worse, recent research suggests that mistakes born of digital transformation are a top cause of concern for businesses.

A Gartner report on emerging risks shows that while companies continue to prioritize and fund digital initiatives, two-thirds not only fail to deliver on their promises but also reveal 'enterprise weaknesses, causing organizations to see a gap between expectations and results'..."

5 Cloud Trends For 2020
CIODive, January 7th, 2020
"The fate of the cloud is pretty much decided," opines Naomi Eide in CIODive, "It's not going anywhere and companies can rely on cloud providers to host workloads long-term.

The technology is becoming more specialized as vendors turn attention to tailored solutions across verticals. The cloud needs of the financial services industry crowded with regulatory oversight are more rigid than the needs of construction or retail..."

    25 Business Technology Trends For 2020
    CIO Dive, January 9th, 2020
    "The New Year arrived with turmoil and uncertainty. The U.S. government put companies on high alert about potential retaliation from geopolitical tension with Iran in the form of cyber aggression.

    It's a textbook example of a "turn" Gartner admonished companies to look out for in the year ahead.

    2020 is an inflection point, separating companies that have made technology investments and portfolio enhancements from those that have lagged, delaying modernization in the name of budget constraints, talent woes, outside threats, shadow IT ... the list goes on..."

    Disney+ Is Proof Of The Power Of Digital Transformation
    Business 2 Community, January 6th, 2020
    "Long gone are the days where a digital transformation meant having a way to purchase online or having social media presence build into your brand image," writes Brian Johnson in Business 2 Community.

    "These days, a digital transformation means a variety of things. Every business operation within your brand must be digitized. Customer service may be aided with the addition of an AI bot in your app or website, billing may be digitized and automated, your marketing and communications are personalized through data. The options are endless..."

    8 Tips For Reducing Technical Debt (Without Killing Operations)
    CIO, January 8th, 2020
    John Edwards writes in CIO, "Completing an IT software project quickly without incurring some level of technical debt is challenging. When a project is developed and deployed in a rush, quality often suffers and the venture must inevitably be revisited to repair compatibility problems, security gaps, performance issues and various other budget-draining headaches..."
    IT News - Storage
    Major Storage Vendors Map Out 2020 Plans
    SearchStorage, January 9th, 2020
    "The largest enterprise storage vendors face a common set of challenges and opportunities heading into 2020," writes Garry Kranz in SearchStorage.

    "As global IT spending slows and storage gets faster and frequently handles data outside the core data center, primary storage vendors must turn to cloud, data management and newer flash technologies..."

    AWS Outposts Vs. Azure Stack Vs. HCI
    SearchConvergedInfrastructure, January 9th, 2020
    Brien Posey writes in SearchConvergedInfrastructure, "Giants Amazon and Microsoft offer cloud products and services that compete in areas usually reserved for the strengths that traditional hyper-converged infrastructure platforms bring to the enterprise IT table. These include hybrid cloud offerings AWS Outposts, which Amazon made generally available late last year, and Azure Stack from Microsoft..."
    2020 Predictions From 50 Storage Vendors - Part One
    Storage Newsletter, January 9th, 2020
    "A few days following the 2019 vendors' facts and review publication, we publish our classic annual vendors' predictions for 2020.

    We collect 50 opinions and consolidate them to find some majors trends and directions for the storage industry:

    • Without any surprise, cloud arrives #1 in various flavors (multi, hybrid, on-premises, private and we choose to add the edge in that category)
    • New devices and connectivity around Flash, NVMe(-oF), SCM/PM, QLC
    • Kubernetes of course and containers
    • Analytics and AI
    • Object storage

    Here is the first part of this report..."

    IT News - Careers
    The 10 Most In-Demand Tech Jobs For 2020 - And How To Hire For Them
    CIO, January 10th, 2020
    "As companies scramble to adapt to a tight IT job market, they're doing whatever they can to attract top tech talent," writes Sarah K. White in CIO.

    "For some that means getting a head start in filling this year's most in-demand roles, which range from data-focused to security-related positions, according to Robert Half Technology's 2020 IT salary report. The survey also reveals the average salaries for each role based on experience..."

    4 Tech Recruitment Trends To Watch In 2020
    CIO, January 9th, 2020
    "Heading into a new decade, what are the standout trends in the technology space that is going to impact the skills in demand?

    The answer lies in the computer

    Day-to-day business decisions are becoming increasingly data-backed.

    The contemporary approach to constructing design, services and products (and more recently people management frameworks) is to harness hard data that provides the insight to build plans and execute against them..."

    vBeersPlus at New Horizons South Florida, Miami
    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    vBeersPlus at New Horizons South Florida, Miami- 3rd Wednesdays of the Month

    Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals with food, beer, wine and soft drinks provided by sponsors

    Spend some quality time with a wide variety of IT professionals in a relaxed, private environment. Arrive at your convenience after 6:00PM. People will be around until 8:00PM.

    We will short presentations starting at 7PM. Three minutes max. per presentation, and a maximum of 30 minutes.

    Please Register at eventbrite.

    Sponsorships Available

    If you are interested in sponsoring please email or call/text Lauren McLaughlin for details at (954) 729 9130.


    Hosted by John J. McLaughlin and Lauren McLaughlin From ITNE

    IT News - Linux
    Thirteen Useful Tools For Working With Text On The Command Line
    Make Tech Easier, January 9th, 2020
    "There's somewhat of a learning curve, but these utilities can prove very useful and efficient when used correctly,' writes Karl Wakim in Make Tech Easier.

    "Here are thirteen powerful text manipulation tools every command-line user should know..."

    IT News - MFA
    The Future Of Authentication
    ITProPortal, January 10th, 2020
    "The future of authentication does not include more complex passwords or passphrases or better multifactor authentication. Not at all," notes Tom Mowatt in ITProPortal.

    "Authentication likely sees a surge of evolution in the background; such developments that are invisible to the user. These developments are likely to focus on continuous monitoring and frictionless interaction: identifying risk- and behaviour-based authentication..."

    IT News - Security
    Top 10 Cybersecurity Predictions: 2020 Edition
    SearchSecurity, January 9th, 2020
    "When I look into my crystal ball at cybersecurity predictions for 2020, I see good news and bad, writes Johna Till Johnson in SearchSecurity.

    "First, the bad news: Existing threats will worsen, and entirely new threats will arise. The good news? Job security for cybersecurity professionals will remain for the foreseeable future. Despite the evolution in AI, machine learning and automation technology, humans will continue to be the front line of defense for enterprise cybersecurity. The tools will help, but they cannot replace human intuition and insight..."

    IT News - CRM
    A Simple Way To Set Your 2020 CRM Enhancement Priorities
    Destination CRM, January 10th, 2020
    "While attending the most recent Dreamforce, surrounded by 170,000-plus fellow participants, I ran into a former colleague who is currently running sales enablement within a Fortune 100 manufacturing firm," writes Jim Dickie in Destination CRM.

    "Like me, he attended the Salesforce SalesCloud, Einstein, and Analytics keynotes and was trying to digest all of the new announcements. Plus, he had also carved out time to attend several other sessions sponsored by sales enablement solution providers and shared with me more enhancements taking place in the CRM space..."

    What Lies Ahead For CRM?
    Destination CRM, January 10th, 2020
    "Every year we hear countless predictions that this will be the year that AI takes over. Well, it looks like that notion is finally gaining steam and might happen in 2020, as reflected in the thoughts of industry insiders this year. Read on for more of what your peers are thinking.


    'In the past, marketers have been focused on vanity metrics like clicks, but what they want now is to drive conversions. The power of artificial intelligence- and machine learning-assisted customer intelligence will play a much larger role for marketers and deliver on actual conversions' - JAMES MCDERMOTT, CEO OF LYTICS ..."

    IT News - HR
    HR Can Save Digital Transformations By Focusing On The Employee Experience
    HR Technologist, January 10th, 2020
    Rajan Kohli writes in HR Technologist, "Digital Transformation and customer experience have become synonymous, and rightly so. Focusing on your customers as their needs and desires change is both smart and inevitable. As organizational resources have been focused in this area, this has created a yawning gap between the customer experience that organizations offer and the experience their employees receive..."
    The 'Hows' And 'Whys' Of HR Digital Transformation
    HR Technologist, January 10th, 2020
    "In the recent past, Human Resources (HR) was regarded as a support function feature that aimed for delivering employee services," opines Sunil Hans in HR Technologist. "But, with technological interventions and the rapid digital revolution, human resources have undergone a transformation..."
      IT News - Cloud
      Predictions For Cloud Computing In 2020
      InformationWeek, January 9th, 2020
      "Clouds seemed to envelop every component of the information technology (IT) ecosystem in the past year," writes James Kobielus in InformationWeek.

      "The cloud computing industry matured considerably in 2019. Cloud-native computing has become the beating heart of enterprise IT and the early jockeying for position among public cloud providers has died down as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform hold onto their considerable leads..."

      IT News - Operations
      5 Ops Hacks For Sysadmins, January 10th, 2020
      "As a sysadmin, every day I am faced with problems I need to solve quickly because there are users and managers who expect things to run smoothly," opines Stephen Bancroft in

      "In a large environment like the one I manage, it's nearly impossible to know all of the systems and products from end to end, so I have to use creative techniques to find the source of the problems and (hopefully) come up with solutions..."

        IT News - Technology
        The 10 Best New Smart Home Gadgets We Saw At CES 2020
        Business Insider, January 10th, 2020
        "We got our hands on dozens of products, including smart speakers, smart locks, smart bulbs, smart plugs, and even a smart toothbrush," notes Monica Chin in Business Insider. "Whether you're a smart home enthusiast or just starting out in the space, you're bound to find a product or two that you like.

        Without further ado, here are the 10 best smart home devices of CES 2020. We'll update this article when these products become available for purchase..."

          IT News - Virtualization
          Containers: Pros, Cons And How To Mitigate Risk
          Container Journal, January 7th, 2020
          "While this comes as no surprise given its many benefits, hybrid cloud models do come with challenges," writes Larry Ludlow in Container Journal.

          "Containers offer solutions to overcome concerns such as application portability confinements, but how do you know if containers are a good fit for your cloud environment? An examination of the pros and cons, as well as best practices for implementing containers, can help you decide whether to use them in your hybrid cloud environment..."

          IT News - Wireless
          A Glossary Of 12 Terms And Phrases For Wi-Fi 6 Technology
          SearchNetworking, January 7th, 2020
          "Wi-Fi 6 technology touts enhanced efficiency, increased data transfer speeds and major effects on legacy, wired networks," reports Michaela Goss in SearchNetworking.

          "In response to this new standard, organizations should prepare and evaluate their potential moves to Wi-Fi 6 networks.

          While consumers may reap Wi-Fi 6 benefits sooner than organizations, it isn't too early for network teams to prepare for the new generation of Wi-Fi technology. With various new features and upgrades from its predecessors, Wi-Fi 6 technology aims to differentiate itself from older generations and benefit networks in more advanced and technologically innovative ways..."

          IT News - Humor
          Throwback Thursday: Well, He Did Figure It Out By Himself
          ComputerWorld, January 9th, 2020
          "At the small college where this pilot fish works, a big power failure puts the lights out for everyone in the whole area..."

          'We didn't have a generator, so the data center and all our servers were dark,' says fish.

          That's A Turn-On
          Computerworld, January 8th, 2020
          "This pilot fish pretty much singlehandedly keeps the technology infrastructure humming at this small firm located in a creaky old building, which apparently is still settling after nearly 100 years.

          One recent day he gets a heads up that there's trouble with one of the two monitors in the training room, where a customer meeting is in progress. It keeps going black and then coming back on..."

          Not A Vote Of Confidence
          ComputerWorld, January 10th, 2020
          "This pilot fish fresh out of college, Class of '80-something, gets a job in county government as a developer. At the end of each week, the computer operators pass around a large pile of accordion-fold, tractor-feed computer paper with the names of files created that week, and each one circles the files that can be deleted..."
          IT News - Bitcoin
          Is Bitcoin In 2020 Really Like The Early Internet?
          coindesk, January 11th, 2020
          "But does the cliche actually hold true?" asks Leigh Cuen in coindesk.

          "If we work with a vague definition of the World Wide Web going live in 1991, then within the first decade that ecosystem grew faster and had more demand for compliant use cases than bitcoin arguably has today, one decade in.

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