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IT News - CxO
10 Lies CIOs Tell Themselves About Their Agile Practices
CIO, September 16th, 2020
"Most organizations now use agile software delivery models, with the No. 1 goal of delivering new capabilities as fast as possible," notes Mary K. Pratt in CIO.

"Consider the numbers: The 14th Annual State of Agile report, released in May 2020 by, found that 95 percent of respondents say their organizations practice agile, and that the top reasons for doing so are to accelerate software delivery, to enhance the ability to manage changing priorities and to increase productivity..."

    What CEOs Want In A CIO: A Strategic Business Partner
    CIO, September 14th, 2020
    "For years we've heard that change is constant in business," writes Dan Roberts in CIO. "But now it's more than just constant; it's accelerating. While you can find plenty of articles that talk about how hard it is to lead organizational change, this environment couldn't be better for CIOs, especially the ones who are ready to show up differently and unlock strategic value for the business.

    A recent Deloitte study finds that CEOs are looking for CIOs to step up as strategic business partners who will shepherd the organization through these ongoing cycles of accelerating transformation and disruption. They know that technology will play an increasingly important role in driving business strategy and performance going forward. Indeed, 93% of CEO respondents to the Deloitte survey say that technology is important in driving product and service innovation and 90% say technology is important for delivering top-line growth (compared to 82% and 83% of CIOs, respectively). With IT's end-to-end view of the enterprise, tech leaders are uniquely positioned to identify and lead industry-disrupting change..."

      In Uncertain Times, CISOs Have A Golden Opportunity
      HelpNet Security, September 14th, 2020
      Dale Gonzalez notes in HelpNet Security that "The victim pool includes everyone from the global remote workforce (some working in industries that didn't know remote work was even feasible), to essential workers in labs working on vaccines or treatment plans for COVID-19.

      According to Microsoft, phishing and social engineering attacks have jumped to 30,000 a day, and extremely sophisticated levels of ransomware attacks are up 800%. Ransomware's latest tactic is a conversion to doxware. Attackers steal company data before encrypting it and threaten to reveal that your organization has been hacked and that sensitive customer data has been compromised. So even if you have backups and don't pay the hackers, your reputation is still at risk..."

        CTO Challenges Around The Return To The Workplace
        InformationAge, September 17th, 2020
        Stephen writes in InformationAge, "While financial services employees have been heading back to their 'desks', firms are figuring out the governance, structural and cost realities of what it means to reopen COVID-safe offices. Some banks are introducing staff rotation models, others have publicly stated they do not mandate a return to the workplace for many months to come. Whatever the corporate preference, working from home will dominate into the budget season, the 2021 priority-setting season, and throughout the final calendar quarter of 2021..."
          4 Realities Of Hybrid Working That CIOs Must Address
          The Enterprisers Project, September 17th, 2020
          "Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic," writes Kevin Neifer in The Enterprisers Project, "my priorities - and those of other CIOs - have been turned upside-down. Pre-pandemic, our basic infrastructure was in good shape, aligned to our business model, and working well. This allowed us to focus on things like doing more with big data analytics and engaging IT in new business pursuits.

          But all of a sudden, that changed. Overnight, we had to figure out how to move our business to a remote model. We were adding VPN capacity to our infrastructure and ensuring that people had the gear they needed to work from home. Our focus, our priorities, and our mindset instantly shifted..."

            Bed Bath & Beyond's Digital Transformation
            Zdnet, September 17th, 2020
            "Bed Bath & Beyond, which is in the middle of a turnaround and shift to digital sales, is betting that Google Cloud's analytics tools can play a big role," reports Larry Dignan in Zdnet.

            "Google Cloud and Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that the retailer will use BigQuery for machine learning and analytics so it can create an omnichannel shopping experience. Bed Bath & Beyond will also use Google Cloud to optimize its fulfillment strategy..."

              IT News - Storage
              7 Leading Storage Area Network Products And Vendors
              SearchStorage, September 14th, 2020
              Robert Sheldon writes in SearchStorage, "Choosing a storage area network can be a daunting task when comparing products and trying to understand their differences. IT decision-makers must consider a range of factors, including scalability, performance, availability, management and data protection.

              Here, we examine the following storage area network products:..."

                2020 Strategic Roadmap For Storage According To Gartner
                StorageNewsletter, September 16th, 2020
                "Advanced storage technologies and consumption-based IT services provide the agility and flexibility needed to thrive in a digital economy. Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders must invest in application-aware infrastructure, embrace infrastructure-led-innovation and modernize storage systems for hybrid cloud services..." - StorageNewsletter
                  Top 5 Programming Languages For Data Scientists To Learn
                  TechRepublic, September 16th, 2020
                  "Data science is a field focused on extracting knowledge from data," recalls Jesus Vigo in TechRepublic. "Put into lay terms, obtaining detailed information applying scientific concepts to large sets of data used to inform high-level decision-making.

                  Take the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic for example: Government officials are analyzing data sets retrieved from a variety of sources, like contact tracing, infection, mortality rates, and location-based data to determine which areas are impacted and how to best adjust on-going support models to provide help where it is most needed while trying to curb infection rates..."

                    Five Signs It's Time To Think About File Storage Modernization
                    ITProPortal, September 17th, 2020
                    Saimon Michelson writes in ITProPortal, "If your enterprise is still using a local file storage solution, such as NAS or local file servers, it may be time to consider modernizing your data storage infrastructure to support an increasingly distributed workforce and maximize data security and compliance using edge-to-cloud storage services.

                    Here are five key signs that you need to start thinking about file storage modernization..."

                      IT News - AI
                      Luther.AI Is A New AI Tool That Acts Like Google For Personal Conversations
                      TechCrunch, September 16th, 2020
                      Ron Miller writes in TechCrunch, "Enter Luther.AI, which purports to be Google for your memory by capturing and transcribing audio recordings, while using AI to deliver the right information from your virtual memory bank in the moment of another online conversation or via search.

                      The company is releasing an initial browser-based version of their product this week at TechCrunch Disrupt where it's competing for the $100,000 prize at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield..."

                        IT News - Careers
                        Most Employees Are Completely Happy To Never Return To The Office, Survey Finds
                        TechRepublic, September 17th, 2020
                        Brandon Vigliarolo writes in TechRepublic, "Survey results from software recommendation site GetApp find that workers are ready for the new normal of remote work, but business leaders have yet to evolve past suspicions that remote workers are slacking off. COVID-19 has changed the face of work across the planet: Offices are closed, professionals of all kinds are working from home, and remote collaboration is the new normal. According to GetApp's survey results, workers are completely fine with that..."
                          Modern Data Science Skills: 8 Categories, Core Skills, And Hot Skills
                          Kdnuggets, September 17th, 2020
                          "The latest KDnuggets Poll was a follow-up on last year's very popular poll on Data Science Skills, and asked the same two questions:

                          • Which skills / knowledge areas do you currently have (at the level you can use in work or research)? and

                          • Which skills do you want to add or improve?

                          The classical Data Science Venn Diagram which Drew Conway proposed in 2013 has 3 main areas: Hacking (Programming), Math & Statistics, and Business/Domain Knowledge. However, the Data Science field has been evolving at such speed these 3 areas are no longer sufficient. Now Data Science includes additional areas, such as Deep Learning algorithms and Cloud Computing Platforms. More Math knowledge (especially Algebra and Calculus) is needed for Deep Learning. The COVID pandemic added the demand for Survival Analysis and Epidemiology. Deploying Data Science requires understanding of software development, DevOps, and using GitHub, Docker, and similar tools..." - Kdnuggets

                            vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom Oct 7th
                            Wednesday, October 7th, 2020: 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

                            vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom - Sep. 30th
                            Wednesday, September 30th, 2020: 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
                            Linux Foundation Launches New Entry-Level IT Certification
                            ZDNet, September 18th, 2020
                            "If you're Linus Torvalds, you don't need a certification to get a job," suggests Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet.

                            "People know who you are. But most of us trying to get a start in technology need a certification. Now, The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit, open-source powerhouse organization, and Certiverse, a certification testing startup, have announced they're working on a new entry-level IT certification offering: The Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA)..."

                              IT News - Security
                              A Computer Can Guess More Than 100,000,000,000 Passwords Per Second. Still Think Yours Is Secure?
                              GCN, September 15th, 2020
                              "It's a simple concept," writes Paul Haskell-Dowland in GCN - a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to 'prove' identity.

                              Passwords in an IT context emerged in the 1960s with mainframe computers (large centrally operated computers with remote 'terminals' for user access). They're now used for everything from the PIN we enter at an ATM, to logging in to our computers and various websites..."

                                About Your Remote Access Policy: It's Time For An Update
                                Network Computing, September 18th, 2020
                                John Edwards writes in Network Computing, "With more employees than ever working from home, it's important to examine your organization's remote network access policy to ensure that it's still meeting its goal of protecting the enterprise network from misuse and attacks.

                                The biggest mistake organizations make when creating or updating their remote access policy is not taking enough time to understand the current threat landscape, said Tim Singleton, president of Strive Technology Consulting, a Denver-area IT services provider..."

                                  Securing The Edge: 5 Best Practices
                                  CSO Online, September 14th, 2020
                                  "For a growing number of companies," writes Bob Violino in CSO Online, "the 'edge' of the enterprise network is an increasing focal point of IT investments. This is where they are aiming to bolster data storage, processing, and analytics capabilities to generate business insights from data gathered from connected devices and systems.

                                  Optical and photonic products manufacturer Lumentum has employed an edge strategy with local compute and storage arrays to deal with the large volume of data generated during the manufacturing and testing process..."

                                    What Are The Habits Of Highly Effective CISOs?
                                    ComputerWeekly, September 17th, 2020
                                    Alex Scroxton writes in ComputerWeekly, "The most effective chief information security officers (CISOs) demonstrate exceptional ability to execute against four key metrics - functional leadership, information security service delivery, scaled governance and enterprise responsiveness - but only 12% of them meet the grade against all four criteria, according to new data presented by Gartner at its annual Security and Risk Management Summit..."
                                      IT News - HR
                                      Top 10 Video Interviewing Tools For A Virtual Hiring Toolkit
                                      SearchHRSoftware, September 16th, 2020
                                      "A great video interviewing tool is critical to successful remote hiring," opines Mark Feffer in SearchHRSoftware.

                                      "When governments began issuing stay-at-home mandates as the COVID-19 pandemic spread during early 2020, employers were quick to shift their talent acquisition efforts online. Companies such as Amazon, Google and LinkedIn began conducting most job interviews using video tools, according to the Society for Human Resource Management..."

                                        Upskilling Your Employees: Top 10 Benefits
                                        Business 2 Community, September 14th, 2020
                                        "If your response was something like: 'I want my employees to master X software,' you might want to reconsider," suggests Christina Pavlou in Business 2 Community, "Because a new, more shiny app could replace that software tool in less than six months from now, and your wish would have gone to waste. But what if you didn't have to pick, and you were able to develop your employees' complete skillsets instead of just one skill? This is what employee upskilling does: it builds well-equipped, agile teams that can adjust to, or even lead, change..."
                                          IT News - Cloud
                                          Technology Insights On Snowflake IPO Announcement: The Consolidation Of Public Cloud Market
                                          AiTHORITY, September 18th, 2020
                                          "Cloud spending will remain the number one priority - an outcome of surging demand for remote Cloud management services and virtualization tools due to coronavirus," writes Sudipto Ghosh in AiTHORITY.

                                          "The year 2020 will be remembered for some really amazing innovations, tech partnerships and collaborations in the fields of AI Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud Computing and Virtualization. While IPOs always attract incredible responses from the technology investors, this year's biggest IPO launch will be remembered for the way it holds the potential to change Data Science industry forever. Yes, we are pointing at the recently announced Snowflake IPO..."

                                            How To Deal With The Challenges Of Cloud Storage vs. SAN
                                            SearchStorage, September 18th, 2020
                                            "By moving data storage to the cloud, businesses can focus more on the core competencies of supporting their business model," notes Stephen Engelhardt in SearchStorage.

                                            "For instance, cloud services simplify the data center backup and recovery processes, enabling a smaller staff to manage them. You no longer must manage a large backup infrastructure but, instead, can handle recovery with a few mouse clicks. Large cloud providers offer data redundancy across geographically disparate data centers, in turn, making your data safer..."

                                              IT News - DR
                                              Rethinking Resilience: Tips For Your Disaster Recovery Plan
                                              Dark Reading, September 15th, 2020
                                              "The worst time to learn your disaster recovery plan is outdated is when a disaster occurs," opines Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading. "As more businesses are prompted to turn to recovery plans, many have learned there is room for improvement to create a defined approach to recovery so they can bounce back from incidents.

                                              Between 70% and 75% of organizations activated recovery plans in the last two years, Gartner research vice president Roberta Witty said in a talk during this week's Security and Risk Management Summit. Of the 298 that did IT disaster recovery, 23% report addressing one incident; 22% report two; 16%, three; 7%, four; and 8% report at least five events..."

                                                IT News - Server
                                                IDC Reports Jump In Server Sales, Decline In Storage Revenue
                                                Networldworld, September 16th, 2020
                                                "IDC released two surveys last week with seemingly contradictory results," notes Andy Patrizio in Networldworld, "but there is an underlying pattern: For now, on-premises hardware sales are dipping, while cloud sales are booming.

                                                In its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the global server market grew 19.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2020 to $24.0 billion, while worldwide server shipments grew 18.4% to nearly 3.2 million units in the same time period..."

                                                  IT News - Humor
                                                  And The Motherboard Slipped Right Out
                                                  Computerworld, September 15th, 2020
                                                  "It's the '90s, and this pilot fish is working in a company that makes a national brand of snack cake. When a co-worker on the help desk gets a call saying that the computer in the shortening-pumping room has stopped working, fish decides to tag along.

                                                  They find the sanitation crew mopping up several hundred pounds of shortening that had escaped from a broken pipe coupler. Sitting on the floor is the PC that has stopped working, a Dell GX1. The height of the flood is plain to see from the high-shortening mark on the PC's case: around four inches..." - Computerworld

                                                    Wayback Wednesday: A Little Too Literal-Minded
                                                    Computerworld, September 16th, 2020
                                                    "This pilot fish takes a job teaching at a local college, and his office is right next to the IT department.

                                                    'I helped out between classes when the IT guys were swamped,' says fish. 'One day while the IT staff was out to lunch, I heard the phone ring and no one was manning the help desk, so I fielded the call.'

                                                    The caller is the office manager, and she's complaining that her printer won't print. Fish doesn't have a class for a couple of hours, so he decides to see what he can do and heads to her office..." -Computerworld

                                                      Memory-Lane Monday: Sneakynet
                                                      Computerworld, September 14th, 2020
                                                      This contractor pilot fish is at a client site - and, as usual, he and his cohorts are dealing with issues that weren't originally contemplated when they were brought in.

                                                      "The network was going crazy," fish reports. 'This was a big site, with lots of routers and subnets, all carefully segregated. Something was hosing this big time, and sniffers told us we were seeing 'contamination' between subnets." - Computerworld

                                                        IT News - Backup
                                                        5 Tips For Remote Backup Systems To Strengthen Your Defense
                                                        SearchDataBackup, September 17th, 2020
                                                        "As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home and other types of remote work will likely remain popular for a long time," opines Paul Crocetti in SearchDataBackup."Backing up the data that work produces is just as important as backing up a primary data center.

                                                        Organizations must review and perhaps revise their data protection plans to make sure new remote backup systems are sufficient. You might need an amended backup plan, you might want to use other services provided by your current backup vendor or you might pick an entirely new provider..."

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