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IT News - CxO
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Digital Transformation: 7 Signs You're Making Progress
What signs indicate your team is traveling down a productive path with digital transformation work? Look for these success milestones, experts say
Digital transformation is a journey rather than a destination. That can make it tricky for IT teams that are traditionally accustomed to measuring success in postmortem-type results or ongoing performance metrics. However, it's especially important to track digital transformation progress.

'The harsh reality is that around 70 percent of digital transformations fail, and this was pre-pandemic. COVID-19 is accelerating demand for digital transformation faster than ever before as the pandemic is exposing mass inefficiencies and disrupting traditional ecosystems and business models,' says Kevin McCaffrey, CEO and founder of digital transformation consultancy Tr3Dent. 'Now more than ever, companies across every industry must make sure they're on the right path with digital transformation to ensure business continuity and remain competitive.'

The Enterprisers Project, July 5th, 2021
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Many IT Decision-Makers Guilty Of Keeping Cyberattacks Secret
Instead of disclosing data breach info, they sit on it
"Many business leaders are failing to disclose if their business has been affected by a cyberattack or data breach, a new report has found.

Research by password manager firm Keeper Security found that more than a third (36%) senior IT leaders kept a cyberattack to themselves, mostly due to the 'weight of responsibility'.

Even though the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) demands businesses to disclose, as quickly as possible, when they suffer a data breach or cyberattack, many business leaders still decide to sit on this information..."

techradar.pro, July 8th, 2021
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IDC Launches Future Enterprise Podcast Series
The podcast aims to help business and technology executives to achieve innovative, productive, and disruptive business outcomes
"In the increasingly digital economy, business leaders need to transform their organizations and their operations to meet new challenges and seize market opportunities. This transformation will be built upon the purposeful deployment of technology, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, process automation, and more. Organizations that are successful in their digital transformation efforts will benefit in every area of their business.

As a leading provider of market intelligence in the information technology industry, IDC is in a unique position to guide executives on their journey to become a Future Enterprise. IDC offers a deep understanding of the technologies being offered today and how these products and services can be used to achieve the objectives businesses are pursuing..."

IDC, July 9th, 2021
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IT Leadership: 3 Ways To Enable Continuous Improvement
Want to foster a culture of continuous improvement at your organization? Three top IT leaders offer expert advice
"To create high-performing teams, engineering leaders must embrace and enable a culture of continuous improvement. However, measuring improvement is often tied to individual performance indicators and vanity output metrics, and these measurements can teach all the wrong behaviors for high-performing teams.

While top engineering leaders should possess solid technical skills, driving an organization forward from an improvement perspective calls for a different skill set. Living by example and developing human skill sets that help leaders express the qualities of empathy and authenticity are what often separate good leaders from great ones..."

The Enterprisers Project, July 9th, 2021
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Gartner Identifies Four Actions For CIOs To Take An Active Role In Advancing Diversity, Equity And Inclusion
IT Leaders Can Leverage Influence and Technology Resources to Support Marginalized Groups
"As part of their leadership responsibilities, CIOs should leverage their influence and technology resources to take an active role in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, according to Gartner, Inc.

'The disruption from the pandemic and social injustices have raised employee expectations when it comes to DEI,' said Rob O'Donohue, senior research director at Gartner. 'CIOs have an enormous opportunity to use their position as a digital business leader to support marginalized groups and meet executive commitments with action.'

Gartner recommends that CIOs and their direct reports focus on four key actions to advance DEI in the enterprise and in their communities: ..."

Gartner, July 7th, 2021
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Why CXOs Should Pay Greater Attention to Collaboration Platform Security
The sudden switch to remote work as a result of the pandemic - and now back to hybrid workplaces - did bring to prominence a host of collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype and Slack, etc.
"Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype and Slack, etc. Needless to say, these tools are enabling fast and seamless communication and turning out to be the new norm. But one thing that is often ignored is the security of these collaboration tools.

A recent global study by Metrigy confirms that 41% tech professionals use more than one meeting application. Nearly 38% have deployed multiple team collaboration applications, and more than 15% have more than one phone system. Despite that nearly over 60% of companies don't have specific collaboration security policies in place, says a Unify Square research report..."

CXOtoday.com, July 6th, 2021
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IT News - AI
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For Successful AI Projects, Celebrate Your Graveyard And Be Prepared To Fail Fast
AI teams invest a lot of rigor in defining new project guidelines. But the same is not true for killing existing projects. In the absence of clear guidelines, teams let infeasible projects drag on for months
"They put up a dog and pony show during project review meetings for fear of becoming the messengers of bad news. By streamlining the process to fail fast on infeasible projects, teams can significantly increase their overall success with AI initiatives.

AI projects are different from traditional software projects. They have a lot more unknowns: availability of right datasets, model training to meet required accuracy threshold, fairness and robustness of recommendations in production, and many more..."

TechCrunch, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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Finally, Text-To-Speech That Doesn't Suck
Big backing for company that makes machines sound human.
"We're a couple of decades into the 21st century, cars are literally starting to fly, a vacation to space is just around the corner ... and yet somehow, computers still sound like parodies of confused robots whenever asked to convert text-to-speech (TTS). Come on, devs, there has to be a better solution.

A firm called WellSaid Labs believes it has one, and it's getting a boost thanks to an oversubscribed Series A..."

ZDNet, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - BI
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5 Things To Look For In Your Next Business Intelligence Platform
Business intelligence engineers are responsible for building out the architecture and infrastructure that meets the organization's needs
Here are five key areas to evaluate when trying to determine which business intelligence platform is right for you.

"The terms business intelligence (BI) engineer and business intelligence analyst are often used interchangeably. This causes great confusion because the job requirements and needs are different. A BI analyst uses the existing infrastructure to build reports and analytics to answer questions for management decision making. A BI engineer often assists in this effort as well but is also responsible for establishing and maintaining the infrastructure and architecture that supports this ongoing analysis and reporting..."

tdwi, July 9th, 2021
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5 Key Data Analytics Trends In 2021 That You Need To Know
It's been a tough 18 months for businesses across industry sectors. To ensure that they keep their competitive edge in the wake of a global economic crisis, companies are becoming far more proactive where data and analytics are concerned
"Data analytics very often prove to be most useful as a means of driving cost efficiency, determining new strategic directions, and managing risk, all of which are more important now than ever as businesses fight to stay afloat.

The rise of data analysis is, in turn, bringing with it new business trends. Here are five of the biggest trends in 2021..."

Business 2 Community, July 8th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
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The State Of The Colocation Data Center Industry
To gather perspectives on current trends shaping the market drivers and challenges of colocation, Frost & Sullivan recently released its Colocation Data Center Report
"In conjunction with this report, Gautham Gnanajothi, the Global Research Director and Head of Best Practices for Energy and Environment at Frost & Sullivan, interviewed Sean Baillie, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Connectivity Strategy for QTS Realty Trust.

Gnanajothi: Sean, what key trends will have an impact on the colocation services market over the next two to three years?

Baillie: First, our perspective is based on the fact that we serve all verticals -- hyperscale, government, and enterprise. The major trend we are seeing is noticeable growth in space and power requirements per engagement that are expanding average deal size in all three segments..."

CIO, July 8th, 2021
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IT News - Security
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Getting The Board On Board: A Cost-Benefit Analysis Approach To Cyber Security
If you're struggling to get buy-in from your board on the cyber security investments you need to make, it may be time to adopt a cost-benefit analysis approach, says Phil Atkin, sales director - cyber security at Six Degrees
"If there's one thing you can be sure of when it comes to cyber security, it's that you can never be sure of anything. The cyber security landscape has never been more hostile or complex, and changes to the working world brought about by COVID-19 have introduced risks that all organisations need to mitigate.

The hybrid working world of 2021 looks very different to the office-centric world we left in 2020, and technology has been instrumental in facilitating our new hybrid working lives. But as our working patterns have changed, so have the threat vectors through which hackers can target us to launch damaging cyber attacks..."

Information Age, July 7th, 2021
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The Evolution Of Cybercrime As A Service
Organizations need to add layers of security to defend against ever-increasing cyberattacks
"You've likely heard of software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and numerous other 'as-a-service' platforms that help support the modern business world. What you may not realize is that cybercriminals often use the same business concepts and service models in their own organizations as regular, non-criminal enterprises. While this may have started several years ago, the tactic has continued to grow with today's criminals taking advantage of easy-to-access solutions..."
CSO Online, July 8th, 2021
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Security In The Cloud - What Should You Be Tracking?
Cloud migrations need better security - automation and metrics are needed
"As you move your applications into the cloud, your approach to security will have to follow. You will be in good company - Gartner has forecast that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services will grow 23.1 percent in 2021 to $332.3 billion, up from $270 billion in 2020. Cloud security spending will increase alongside this, with just over $16 billion to be spent as part of this shift.

For security teams, keeping track of all these cloud services, applications and data will require some changes. While the traditional security model based on perimeter security still has some validity, the tools and techniques that worked for on-premises IT are no longer fit for purpose. There are a few reasons for this..."

ITProPortal, July 6th, 2021
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Security Think Tank: As Offices Reopen, Address Patching And 'Build Drift'
With Covid-19 restrictions easing, offices are welcoming back remote workers this summer, bringing with them their notebooks and mobiles, and creating an endpoint management headache for CISOs
"What do security teams need to account for to protect their returning office workers?

The start of home working at the beginning of lockdown caused several logistical and security problems with the roll-out of more VPN endpoints and additional security measures for home workers.

Although the expected full relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions has been pushed back from 21 June to 19 July in England, there has been a trickle of people going back into the office, either part or full time, which could turn into a flood if government recommendations to work from home if possible are rescinded. On the face of it, this should not cause a problem, but there may be a few things to watch out for..."

ComputerWeekly, July 7th, 2021
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Why Enterprise Password Management Is Non-Negotiable
It's no secret that 2020 was tough for the business world. On top of a sudden jump into remote work arrangements, many businesses found themselves battling more cyberattacks than usual.
"With companies having to make adjustments for employees to work from home, many businesses' networks were left vulnerable to hackers. These risks were further heightened due to many companies having insufficient security measures in place. Even in 2021, businesses of all sizes are far too lax with their security protocols. Outdated software, deficient security measures, and even no security measures AT ALL have contributed to catastrophic financial losses. In 2020 alone, cybercrimes cost businesses around the globe $1 trillion..."
AmongTech, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - Server
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DDR5 RAM: How Much Faster Is It, And What Else Is New?
DDR5, the next generation of RAM, should appear on store shelves somewhere around late summer or fall of 2021
"DDR5 is the successor to DDR4 RAM. DDR5 promises better speeds, better power management and efficiency, and more RAM packed into a single stick.

What You'll Need to Use DDR5 RAM

DDR5 is coming to a PC near you, but you need the right CPU and motherboard to support it.

The first round of DDR5 is expected to appear at the same time as Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs-the latter half of 2021. A number of companies are getting ready for the big RAM switch such as Corsair, Kingston, and TeamGroup..."

How-To Geek, July 8th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
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Your PC Won't Support Windows 11? Maybe It's Time to Try Linux
Did you check to see if your PC is eligible for an update to Windows 11, only to be let down?
"One of your few options for continued use of your laptop or desktop beyond Windows 10 is to install Linux. Here's why that's not a bad thing.

The good folks at Microsoft have set high expectations for Windows 11 devices, publishing minimum system requirements that stretch the meaning of the word 'minimum.' If your device is even a few years old, chances are your computer won't cut the mustard.

Outmoded hardware, though, can leave you in a real pickle. Do you continue using outdated software and invite security risks, or do you spend your hard-earned money on a new device and contribute to the global e-waste problem?..."

How-To Geek, July 9th, 2021
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IT News - HPC
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Supercomputers Power Ai-Enabled Detection Of Gravitational Waves
When gravitational waves were first detected in 2015 by the advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), they sent a ripple through the scientific community, as they confirmed another of Einstein's theories and marked the birth of gravitational wave astronomy
"Five years later, numerous gravitational wave sources have been detected, including the first observation of two colliding neutron stars in gravitational and electromagnetic waves.

As LIGO and its international partners continue to upgrade their detectors' sensitivity to gravitational waves, they will be able to probe a larger volume of the universe, thereby making the detection of gravitational wave sources a daily occurrence. This discovery deluge will launch the era of precision astronomy that takes into consideration extrasolar messenger phenomena, including electromagnetic radiation, gravitational waves, neutrinos and cosmic rays. Realizing this goal, however, will require a radical re-thinking of existing methods used to search for and find gravitational waves..."

HPCWire, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - DevOps
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How To Drive Impact And Change Via DevOps
Stephen Magennis, managing director for Expleo Technology (UK technology), discusses how impact and change can be driven via DevOps
"Increased demand for digital services is making it harder than ever for businesses to architect solutions that consistently deliver outstanding experiences and adjust to new trends. These days, this can include anything from a productivity app to an AI-powered insurance claims chatbot or a multi-platform banking portal.

In order to keep producing quality software applications and services at speed and scale, organisations need to adopt a DevOps approach. DevOps combines the practise of software development and IT operations, allowing organisations to build, test and design high value applications and services. This helps businesses deliver new and innovative products to customers faster. By combining DevOps with improved data capabilities, businesses can also capitalise on real-time analytics such as app usage, popular features and bottlenecks..."

Information Age, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - DR
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Most Disaster Recovery Solutions Are Not Tested On A Regular Basis
The state of the disaster recovery plan
"As organizations work diligently to support evolving business needs, while at the same time battling cybercrime and other threats to critical data, the majority of disaster recovery solutions are not tested on a regular basis, according to iland. More importantly, as the IT estate changes over time, the survey indicated most disaster recovery solutions would not meet recovery objectives.

The research surveyed 150 technical and business decision makers from organizations drawn from a wide cross-section of U.S. enterprises, each employing a minimum of 500 people. The objectives of the research were to establish what DR systems organizations currently have in place, how often plans are tested and whether enterprises are confident in their ability to recover from disaster as swiftly and easily as possible..."

HelpNet Security, July 8th, 2021
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IT News - IoT
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Most IoT Projects Are Only Partially Successful
Connectivity, deployment and rollout issues are getting in the way
"For the vast majority of businesses in the UK, Internet of Things (IoT) deployments were only partially successful, due to numerous challenges and hurdles.

This is the conclusion of the State of IoT Adoption Study, a new paper recently published by IoT connectivity specialist Eseye. The report states that IoT deployments failed to achieve their full potential for three-quarters of UK businesses. The biggest challenge was connectivity, getting in the way of IoT initiatives for 41 percent of respondents, followed by deployment and rollout..."

ITProPortal, July 9th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
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Open-Plan Offices Make You Stressed And Moody: We've Got The Data To Prove It
New study shows just how distracting office noise is
"If you've ever felt your noisy open-plan office makes you cranky and sends your heart racing, our new research shows you aren't imagining it.

Prior to the pandemic 70% of office-based employees worked in open-plan offices. Employee complaints about this design are rife.

Yet there is little experimental research investigating the effects of office noise on things like cognitive performance, physiological stress , and mood..."

The Next Web, July 7th, 2021
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The Power - And Risk - Of The Personal Job Referral
Earlier this year, my son was talking about how much he wanted a membership at the Edina Life Time.
"Keep in mind, he's 16 years old and the Edina Life Time is a Diamond Club, so it's the most expensive of all the Life Time clubs. Needless to say, we didn't rush out and buy him a membership. Instead, we encouraged him to get a job there.

Since I knew that might be a tall order, I called a friend of mine who works at Life Time. I asked her if there was anything she could do to put in a good word for my son. She did. And, not surprisingly, a few days later, my son had an interview.

It was the power of the personal referral-and we've all probably seen it play out many times in our careers.

If the person giving the referral-in this case, a senior-level corporate Life Time employee with a 8+ year track record of success-is highly regarded, it usually works pretty darn well.

However, the referral game isn't as easy-or risk-free-as it might seem..."

Business 2 Community, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - Backup
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Four New Requirements For Modern Backup Software Solutions
Utilizes multiple cloud technologies, protects edge, secures environment, delivers more next-gen features
Four New Requirements for Modern Backup Software Solutions

All enterprises contain multiple applications, databases, OSs, hypervisors, and data types in their data centers. As such, enterprises minimally expect any modern backup software solution to protect those items. However, protecting them only scratches the surface of the needs that enterprises expect modern backup software solutions to meet.

StorageNewsletter.com, July 8th, 2021
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Tips For Backup Compliance Reporting And Why It Matters
Backup compliance reporting is crucial to keep data safe and keep organizations compliant with data regulations. Learn more about its importance and how to ensure compliance.
"Backup compliance reporting for data backups has become a necessary and important function of data protection teams in today's compliance-driven world.

Compliance reporting can help to avoid a data breach or a data loss incident from occurring by uncovering protection gaps and areas where the organization might not be following best practices. A regulatory audit that finds noncompliance can lead to expensive fines, reputational damage and damage to customer trust..."

SearchDataBackup, July 6th, 2021
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Top 25 Cloud Data Backup Enablers For July 2021
The growth of the cloud backup industry, over the last decade has been dramatic, according to Backup Review
"The market has witnessed the rise and fall of many startups and stabilization of others. Interestingly, the companies that have gained a strong foothold in the industry are not all similar. There is a subtle distinction in the nature and types of services they offer. Some of these companies are pure enablers, while others combine enablement functions with direct-to-market services. Yet others, may license the software from enablers with or without re-branding options and service the cloud backup service needs of their clients..."
StorageNewsletter.com, July 7th, 2021
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IT News - Big Data
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6 Best Practices For Good Data Governance
Data governance is becoming a key strategic initiative. Here's how to ensure critical data assets are reliable, secure, and available for your business
"Why is good data governance so important? Consider what might result without it: data that's poor in quality, difficult to use, lacking integrity, vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, inconsistent, and not always available to business users.

In other words, from a business standpoint there is almost no point in having data without data governance..."

CIO, July 7th, 2021
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