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IT News - CxO
The Super-Resilient Organisation
ComputerWeekly, November 27th, 2019
"Most organisations are like dinner plates - they are optimised for one function," notes Ade McCormack in ComputerWeekly.

"A plate can bear the weight of food. Even heavy food. It can even bear the weight of a human if placed on the floor. So dinner plates can take a great deal of force. But only in one direction and in a very specific situation (flat on an even floor). If you test the plate by slamming it against the edge of a table, it will break. It was not designed for such a force..."

    The New Superhero: How CIO & CTO Drive Banks' Move To Digital
    Information Age, November 29th, 2019
    Ben Goldin writes in Information Age, "As groundbreaking digital technologies continue to reshape the banking landscape across the globe, chief information and technology officers have become their banks' lead playmakers when it comes to preparing for the future and can now, with the right tools and support, revolutionise all aspects of operations..."
      Digital Transformation: 3 Leadership Approaches That Work
      The Enterprisers Project, November 25th, 2019
      David. F. Carr writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Organizations engage in digital transformation as much out of necessity as desire, scrambling to keep up with the opportunities promised by technology and threats from technology-enabled competition.

      CIOs who've logged early success say it has less to do with the specific technology applied than with the transformation part of digital transformation. The biggest thing that has changed about how technology interacts with business is how much transformation is possible..."

      IT News - Storage
      NAS, SAN, Or DAS? Quiz Yourself On These 3 Types Of Storage
      SearchStorage, November 26th, 2019
      "NAS, SAN and DAS are common data storage infrastructures," opines Stacey Peterson in SearchStorage.

      "Understanding how they work is critical when upgrading existing storage or planning a new deployment.

      The obvious first question to ask is which storage infrastructure -- NAS, SAN or DAS -- is right for a particular business? The answer isn't always clear, or even easy to come up with, because it involves assessing many factors..."

      IT News - AI
      AI Bias A Real Concern In Business, Survey Says
      datanami, November 26th, 2019
      "But those benefits could be eroded by hidden biases that damage brand reputation and customer trust, according to a survey of US and UK businesses commissioned by DataRobot," warns Alex Woodie in datanami.

      "According to DataRobot's 'The State of AI Bias in 2019,' which was released last week, 42% of organizations surveyed reported being 'very to extremely' concerned about AI bias occurring in their organizations..."

      GPUs Continue To Dominate The AI Accelerator Market For Now
      InformationWeek, November 27th, 2019
      James Kobielus writes in InformationWeek, "Artificial intelligence is becoming an integral feature of most distributed computing architectures. As such, AI hardware accelerators have become a principal competitive battlefront in high tech, with semiconductor manufacturers such as NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel at the forefront.

      In recent months, vendors of AI hardware acceleration chips have stepped up their competitive battles. One of the most recent milestones was Intel's release of its new AI-optimized Ponte Vecchio generation of graphical processing units (GPUs), which is the first of several products from a larger Xe family of GPUs that will also accelerate gaming and high-performance computing workloads..."

      Sniffing Out Errors
      insideBIGDATA, November 26th, 2019
      Naomi Beckett writes in insideBIGDATA, "Analysts and Data Scientists will be familiar with examining residual plots for their models and looking for outlier errors that may indicate that the model's underlying assumptions have been broken, or that some of the data points might be extreme outliers that cause grave problems when trying to build a model on the whole data set.

      But while examining residual plots is great from a qualitative point of view, as data natives, we should always be looking for quantitative methods for describing, classifying and understanding these errors.

      What we need is a statistical analysis, that fulfills our desire to quantitatively understand the weaknesses in our models. One simple practice which meets this need and can help the indecisive data-practitioner to direct and allocate their limited time is Error Analysis..."

        vBeersPlus @ General Provision Downtown Ft. Lauderdale - Wed 11th
        Wednesday, December 11th, 2019: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
        General Provision Downtown - Fort Lauderdale - 2nd Wednesdays of the Month

        Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals at a private co-working space 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 5:30PM. People will be around until 8:30PM.

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

        Note that GP has two locations, one in the Fort Lauderdale's Art and Tech district (GP FATVillage) and the other in the middle of renovation of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, right next to Autonation HQ.

        Recommend parking at the "Government Center Parking Garage" on SW 2nd St., next to the train tracks that are now used by the Brightline trains. Parking in this lot is $5 for the evening and is less than a block away from GP Downtown.

        Please Register at eventbrite.

        Sponsorships Available

        We look for sponsors to deliver short commercial talks during vBeersPlus. The idea is for a sponsor to describe an IT problem such that people will relate to it then briefly describe the sponsor's solution. Attendees will be able to visit the sponsor's table, after the presentations, to discuss the presented solution.

        Sponsorship fee is $300 for one event and include promotions in the email and social media that will reach 15,000+ South Florida IT professionals.

        Non-profit groups are also welcome to "pitch" their group in a 3 minute or less talk. (no charge)

        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 - FOSS
        How Open Source Changed Everything - Again
        InfoWorld, November 27th, 2019
        "We're about to conclude another decade of open source, and what a long, strange trip it has been," opines Matt Asay in InfoWorld.

        "Reading back through predictions made in 2009, no one had the foggiest clue that GitHub would change software development forever (and for everyone), or that Microsoft would go from open source pariah to the world's largest contributor, or a host of other dramatic changes that became the new normal during a decade that was anything but normal..."

        IT News - Careers
        6 Answers To Commonly-Asked Questions I'm Getting From The Modern Job Seeker
        Business 2 Community, November 26th, 2019
        Arik Hanson reports in Business 2 Community, "This guy was an acquaintance. I had met him before at events, but only in passing. So, I didn't have direct work experience with him, I wasn't a fellow colleague and he wasn't a friend. I steered him to my weekly Talking Points e-newsletter, where I share open positions weekly. And I spent a few minutes on the phone with him providing advice.

        This is a pretty common occurrence-I get these types of inquiries routinely. Partly because friends and colleagues send people my way. And partly because some people apparently think I'm a full-time recruiter (insert smiley face emoji here)!..."

          vBeers @ Biergarten Boca - Last vBeers of 2019! Wed 18th
          Wednesday, December 18th, 2019: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
          Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

          These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

          Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

          We meet in the upstairs lounge where you can take advantage of the $5 burger special and discounted beers!

          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
          You've Come A Long Way, Linux-Baby
          LinuxInsider, November 27th, 2019
          Jonathan Terrasi writes in LinuxInsider, "Even more astonishingly, its dominance was driven as much, if not more, by its adoption by the private sector -- although it posed an antithesis to its business model -- as by any of its other notable traits.

          It is precisely because its road from obscure curiosity to corporate mainstay was so unlikely that it pays to appreciate how Linux got to where it is today. Here's a look at how far Linux has come over its 28-plus years -- and at the tech titans that helped it get there..."

          IT News - MFA
          Is MFA Obsolete Before Many Even Adopt It?
          CSO Online, November 28th, 2019
          "I have written an article about MFA before 'Do I really have to say it? Stop resisting multifactor authentication' in which I told you all that you need to stop resisting MFA because so many organisations are still not adopting it, 'it's too hard, I don't have the budget for that' you have probably heard the same comments as I have."

          Craig Ford writes in CSO Online, "I still recommend everyone use MFA for everything, yes some methods can be used to bypass it but that doesn't mean you shouldn't implement it..."

            Simplifying Eight Key Authentication Terms
            Intelligent CIO, November 28th, 2019
            "In today's threat landscape, there's certainly justification for keeping these topics front-of-mind and sparking conversation," notes Mark Bowen in Intelligent CIO.

            "Axel Hauer, Director EMEA Enterprise Sales, IAMS at HID Global, says: 'When authentication concepts start to get a little tangled, it can be hard to know if you're speaking the same language as everyone else. Simplifying key terms is important to understand what they really mean, so you'll see just how complex the world of authentication can be'..."

            IT News - Security
            Role Of AI In Cybersecurity And 6 Possible Product Options
            SearchSecurity, November 26th, 2019
            "Companies are turning more to AI to aid in their security efforts in modern IT environments," reports Jessica Groopman in SearchSecurity.

            "The exponential growth of data, devices, processing power, algorithms and networked systems -- valuable assets for any business competing in the 21st century -- comes with newer risks and vulnerabilities. Citing data security, infrastructure protection and cloud security as the fastest-growing areas of security spending, Gartner estimated companies will spend some $137 billion on cybersecurity risk management in 2019, according to a December 2018 report..."

            IT News - CRM
            AI Meets CRM And BI: 15 Salesforce Einstein And Einstein Analytics Announcements From Dreamforce 2019
            ZDNet, November 27th, 2019
            "Here's a closer look at the latest Einstein releases," writes Doug Henschen in ZDNet.

            "Nearly half of companies now say that they're using some form of artificial intelligence, according to McKinsey research that Salesforce shared at Dreamforce 2019, yet seven out of ten companies report they're seeing little to no value from their AI projects so far.

            This gap exists, Salesforce executives asserted, because too many companies are struggling to overcome data-management and data-science technical hurdles, so they have yet to put AI into production at scale. Salesforce's alternative is Einstein and Einstein Analytics, both of which offer prebuilt, CRM-embedded predictions and recommendations along with the ability to build AI apps and answer company-specific business questions without coding or data science expertise..."

            IT News - PM
            The Ultimate Guide To Creating A Project Timeline
            Business 2 Community, November 26th, 2019
            "Where does your project currently stand? How much work has been completed? How much remains to be done?" asks Hannah Cohen in Business 2 Community.

            "A project timeline answers all these questions. It visualizes the project's progress, letting anyone - even lay people - get a better understanding of the project.

            That's not all. A project timeline also shows task dependencies and estimates. Since it organizes all tasks chronologically, you also get a clearer sense of the project's current status.

            If you're managing a project, creating a project timeline should be among your top priorities. This guide will show you how to go about it..."

              IT News - Cloud
              Juggling A Multi-Cloud Security Strategy Takes Work
              SearchCloudSecurity, November 25th, 2019
              "Spreading operations across more than one cloud enables organizations to select specific cloud services to cut costs, improve operations and improve scalability. But it also complicates the responsibilities of security teams," warns Katie Donegan in SearchCloudSecurity.

              "Misconfigurations, a larger vulnerability landscape and authentication are just three of the many security holes infosec professionals need to consider when it comes to multi-cloud security. Securing multiple cloud surface areas takes work and a coherent strategy..."

              IT News - DR
              How Much Cloud Does An IT Disaster Recovery Plan Need?
              SearchCloudComputing, November 26th, 2019
              "It's understandable to an extent, but every move to advance your resiliency comes with complications, costs and catches," notes Phil Sweeney in SearchCloudComputing.

              "A solid IT disaster recovery plan will almost certainly include some coverage from a cloud provider. Valuable information and mission-critical applications in your data center are protected to whatever degree your organization can keep them safe. And that will be fine -- until it's not. In a moment of crisis, where do you turn? Unless you've got a reasonably sophisticated second data center elsewhere, the business is in considerable peril..."

              IT News - Blockchain
              Blockchain In 2020: 5 Trends To Watch
              The Enterprisers Project, November 26th, 2019
              "Here's what IT and business leaders should watch for in 2020," suggests Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

              "If you're looking for a one-word summary of corporate blockchain efforts in 2019, try 'experimentation.' The hype is subsiding and more businesses are actively trying to figure out how they can actually use the technology to their benefit..."

              IT News - Networks
              Understanding The Evolution Of Ethernet
              SearchNetworking, November 25th, 2019
              "For hundreds of years, scientists believed a mysterious substance known as ether served as the medium for light to disperse through space," writes Alissa Irei SearchNetworking.

              "The notion was ultimately dismissed once physicists discovered that photons act as both particles and waves. But the archaic word lives on in the modern term Ethernet -- the technology by which bits of information travel through complex computer networks..."

              IT News - Operations
              5 Must-Have IT Infrastructure Automation Tools
              InformationWeek, November 29th, 2019
              "Automation of IT and cloud infrastructure has become a must in modern times," suggests Hardik Shah in InformationWeek.

              "The rapid automation process is led by the surge of effective and helpful IT/cloud automation tools in the market. However, there are a lot of challenges while selecting tools, such as a lack of powerful computing, inconsistency in data monitoring, network issues, and troubleshooting..."

              U.S. Facility May Have Best Data Center PUE
              SearchDataCenter, November 27th, 2019
              "After years of big gains, the energy efficiency of data centers has stalled," notes Patrick Thibodeau in SearchDataCenter.

              "The key data center efficiency measurement, power usage effectiveness, is not improving. It even declined a little from last year.

              The reason may have to do with the limits of the technology in use by the majority of data centers..."

                IT News - Technology
                Smartphones: Who Grew In Q3? A) Everyone. B) Asian Vendors. C) Apple
                The Register, November 26th, 2019
                Paul Kunert writes in The Register, "2019 was forecast to be a deflationary year for smartphone makers, and calendar Q3 didn't turn up any surprises - sales shrunk 0.4 per cent globally.

                According to stats from Gartner, 387.47 million new phones found their way into the hands of users compared to 389.07 million a year earlier..."

                IT News - Java
                Machine Learning For Java Developers, Part 1: Algorithms For Machine Learning
                Javaworld, November 27th, 2019
                Gregor Roth writes in Javaworld, "Self-driving cars, face detection software, and voice controlled speakers all are built on machine learning technologies and frameworks - and these are just the first wave. Over the next decade, a new generation of products will transform our world, initiating new approaches to software development and the applications and products that we create and use..."
                IT News - Developer
                Predictions 2020: More Changes For Software Development
                ZDNet, November 27th, 2019
                "The world of software development is set for some big changes in 2020," notes Chris Mines in ZDNet.

                "We predict that service mesh, Kubernetes, AI-infused applications, and low-code products will continue their upward swing in enterprise adoption. And organizationally, developers will continue to spread out from central IT departments; business developers are proliferating as companies increasingly deploy software in service of customer obsession..."

                IT News - Humor
                Irish Government Spends $1M On Printer Too Big To Fit In Building
                CNET, November 27th, 2019
                "We've all had printer problems, but the Irish government's saga tops them all," opines Sean Keane in CNET.

                "A Komori printer, which cost 808,000 Euros ($880,500), was initially delivered to the Houses of the Oireachtas, Ireland's legislature, in December 2018 but couldn't fit into the building, The Irish Times reported over the weekend..."

                  Time-Machine Tuesday: A Non-Smashing Success
                  ComputerWorld, November 25th, 2019
                  "This IT pilot fish works in a big open-plan office, where the last employee out is supposed to turn off the lights.

                  One day, the last person is someone who's never before been the last to leave, and she can't find the light switch. She does find a big handle marked 'power,' so she flips that.

                  Naturally, all the lights go off, along with everything else. But she heads home having done her duty..." - ComputerWorld

                  Annoying, You Say?
                  ComputerWorld, November 29th, 2019
                  "This European pilot fish has a client whom he long ago learned can't be argued with. She hears only what she wants to hear, believes only what she wants to believe, and does exactly as she pleases. So fish stays out of the way as much as possible, just providing what's asked for. When he sees a potential problem on the horizon, he usually just addresses it, knowing that to bring it to the client's attention would just be an invitation for complaints and arguments..." - ComputerWorld
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