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IT News - CxO
IT Leadership: 3 CIO Priorities In 2022
Security, IT alignment with business objectives, and staffing will be critical focus points for CIOs in the year ahead. Consider these areas as you set initiatives and goals
"Every CIO is beginning to make plans for 2022. While there is always an overwhelming list of things to achieve, strategic CIOs can focus on these three key areas to guide their organization forward in the coming year:..

  • Cybersecurity
  • Strategic alignment
  • Staffing

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The Enterprisers Project, November 22nd, 2021
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7 Tips For Better Business-IT Alignment
In a rapidly changing world, IT and business leaders need to work together to steer their enterprise in the right direction
"Has your enterprise fallen out alignment? Telltale symptoms include pulling in the wrong direction, poor control, and perhaps worst of all, degrading productivity and results.

When IT and business teams fail to align, all parties can expect a bumpy ride. 'Digital transformation is driving fundamental change in how an organization delivers value to its customers,' says Sameer Bhagwat, vice president and head of the application managed services center of excellence at IT and business consulting firm Capgemini Americas..."

CIO, November 22nd, 2021
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5 Tips To Be An Awesome CISO
I'm not a CISO, I never have been and hope I never will be. It seems like a lot of hard work and stress, and if you're the CISO at a company when you suffer a breach it's difficult to blame the intern without a mob of security professionals criticising you.
"But I do observe CISO's very closely, and as a result I have figured out how to be an awesome CISO.

Now, before you object, hear me out. David Attenborough isn't a whale, or a penguin, or a hippo. But he's observed these animals in the wild for many years and so when his soothing vocals accompany a nature documentary, you sit there and listen to his every word. He is an expert on all forms of animals without having been an animal himself.

Similarly, you can think of me as the David Attenborough of cyber security - observing CISOs in their natural habitat..."

Security Boulevard, November 24th, 2021
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What CISOs Can Learn From The Us Navy Insider Who Stole Nuclear Secrets
The theft of government secrets by Jonathan Toebbe and others raises the question: How should CISOs deal with insider threats who have had insider threat training?
"The legal entanglement of the entrepreneurial U.S. Navy engineer, Jonathan Toebbe, who hoped to parley sensitive nuclear submarine secrets into a cool $5 million is now in hiatus as he sits in a West Virginia jail cell awaiting his December trial. We can only imagine the discussions within the Navy's information security teams upon learning some of the most sensitive of secrets were hand carried out of classified environments, back to the residence of the employee, and then passed on to an unauthorized third party. The epitome of insider threat realized..."
CSO Online, November 23rd, 2021
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CIO Strategy: How To Lead Enterprise Data And Analytics?
Data and analytics should be a core competence for every Chief Information Officer and Information Technology organization
"Given the business, technical, and cultural challenges of using data to make informed business decisions, it's no surprise that data science and analytics are hard.

So, how do you make your enterprise data and analytics program a success? Bruno Aziza, head of data and analytics for Google Cloud, explains his approach with valuable lessons based on practical experience.

The conversation includes these topics:

  • How to choose a meaningful data problem?
  • How important is data infrastructure?
  • What is a data mesh?
  • How can small organizations take advantage of data and analytics?
  • Should the CIO own data and analytics?
  • Chief financial officer as the data owner?
  • Chief Digital Officer as the data owner?
  • Value of low-code and no-code products to CIOs

Bruno Aziza: This is about looking across all your workload, so if you're using transactional or analytical workloads, how do you bring all of that together, reduce the cost, reduce the maintenance headache, and create an environment where now you can scale technically and also humanly?..."

CXOTalk, November 23rd, 2021
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8 Tech And Leadership Podcasts To Add To Your Playlist
Check out these podcasts to keep up to date on CIO lessons learned, emerging tech trends, leadership best practices, and more
"Thank goodness we live in the golden age of podcasts.

With fewer of us traveling to in-person events and conferences and less time available to connect with our IT peers, these audio gems can give us a bit of what we're missing. Whether it's hearing from fellow CIOs about their victories and losses, keeping tabs on the last trends in technology-enabled innovation, or learning from some of the leadership greats, these eight podcasts offer aural opportunities for IT leaders seeking education, entertainment, and connection..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 23rd, 2021
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CIO Interview: Mia Sorgi, Director Of Digital Product And Experience, PepsiCo Europe
A trial project using gesture-based technology to help customers order in restaurants is just one example of the pioneering digital innovations being explored by food and drinks giant PepsiCo
"What does a great digital leader look like? For Mia Sorgi, director of digital product and experience at food and drink giant PepsiCo Europe, top-tier digital leaders have an inherent ability to work out how technologies can be applied to the issues faced by modern businesses and their customers...

That's something Sorgi is focusing on right now in her role at PepsiCo. She joined the company in February 2018 and benefits from extensive experience in design and digital product development across a range of companies, including Fjord, which is part of Accenture, and Ralph Lauren.

ComputerWeekly, November 23rd, 2021
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CIO interview: Karl Hoods, CDIO, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Moving to the cloud, developing staff skills and responding quickly to the pandemic - from a public sector IT leader's perspective
"Karl Hoods, chief digital and information officer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), says every IT organisation, regardless of sector, faces a similar challenge - how to deliver value for the business.

The key to success, says Hoods, is for CIOs to look beyond the enterprise firewall. Digital leaders must consider how other businesses and sectors are being disrupted and apply that understanding to the challenges faced by their own employees and customers..."

ComputerWeekly, November 22nd, 2021
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Digital Transformation: 4 IT Leaders Share How They Fight Change Fatigue
When digital transformation work is never done, change fatigue can set in. Learn how award-winning CIOs are tackling transformation burnout head on
"One of the hardest aspects of digital transformation is that it's never truly 'done.' Being in a state of constant change and disruption can take a serious toll on employee motivation, causing fatigue, distrust, and burnout.

We asked CIOs who recently took home a 2021 CIO of the Year ORBIE Award how they are avoiding transformation fatigue on their teams. The awards were presented by the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association and the Michigan CIO Leadership Association, professional communities that annually recognize CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Security
Why Should I Adopt A Zero-Trust Security Strategy?
Zero-trust is the right approach for protecting your end users. Executing it in the right way will also help you comply with NIST standards and upcoming federal mandates.
"Question: Why should I adopt a zero-trust security approach?

Ash Devata, general manager, Cisco Zero-trust and Duo Security: First and foremost, a zero-trust approach is the right thing to do for the security of the organization and the protection of your end users. The bottom line is that a zero-trust approach reduces risk and helps an organization comply with regulations, while also reducing friction for users. Zero-trust is a rare, simple solution that works much better than the complexity of the past..."

DARKReading, November 23rd, 2021
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8 Ways You Could Be Inviting A Cybersecurity Attack
Cultural and systemic issues may be leaving your organization vulnerable
"Many business leaders still believe cybersecurity is a problem that can be solved if they invest enough money and hire the right people with the right technical knowledge who will keep them out of the headlines.

In fact, it's often systemic and cultural issues between IT and non-IT executives, not technical competency or funding, that leave organizations exposed to cybersecurity attacks..."

Gartner, November 22nd, 2021
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CISA Urges Critical Infrastructure Companies To Strenghten Cybersecurity
CISA reminds organizations that attackers don't have the same holiday plans as them
"The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are reminding organizations, businesses, and critical infrastructure to stay vigilant against threats during the upcoming holiday season.

The advisory leans on history to warn critical infrastructure partners that the holidays provide an opportune time for cyber actors from 'halfway across the world' to launch attacks to disrupt critical networks and systems...", November 23rd, 2021
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Ethical Hacking, Book Review: A Hands-On Guide For Would-Be Security Professionals
Daniel G Graham's book won't help hackers who already have a wide range of tools to attack networks and devices. But it will help defenders who want to turn those techniques to more benevolent use
"The parlous state of software and IT infrastructure security is also a career opportunity, with malware analysts, security researchers, penetration testers and red teams all in demand. Defenders need to know how attackers think, and what tools they use, so they can assess their own infrastructure for vulnerabilities and learn to detect malicious activity in the network..."
ZDNet, November 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Should You Use An S3 Alternative For Object Storage?
Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) provides a very useful interface for storing objects in redudant cloud storage, where you don't have to worry about the underlying hardware. On top of being a service offered by Amazon, it's also an industry standard API, and there are many services compatible with it.
"In many cases, if you move to another cloud provider, you will have to rework a lot of your application. But, if you're using S3 as your object storage backend, you'll be able to move seamlessly to many other services.

This is because S3 is an open API standard. AWS's Simple Storage Service is just an implementation of this standard; it's native, and obviously will have the best support, but there are other services that will offer acceptable performance and stability, often for lower cost..."

CloudSavvy IT, November 24th, 2021
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Study: Storage Systems Are Weakest Link In IT Infrastructure Security
Continuity Software analyzed systems from businesses in multiple industry sectors in the US, Europe, and Middle East, finding that storage system security lags behind compute and network security
"Storage systems have a significantly weaker security posture than the other two layers of IT infrastructure - compute and network equipment - according to a report from cybersecurity company Continuity Software.

By analyzing data from more than 400 enterprise storage devices, the research revealed 6,300 discrete security issues related to 15 vulnerabilities that, on average, every enterprise security device is exposed to. The study examined equipment from vendors including Brocade, Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Hitachi Data Systems, and NetApp..."

CSO Online, November 23rd, 2021
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NVMe HDD Edges Closer to Reality
When you think NVMe, SSDs are the first thing that comes to mind. And for good reason, the NVMe interface changed the game when it comes to flash latency and throughput
"In June, NVM Express, the non-profit organization behind NVMe specifications, released solutions that include support for Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). Additionally, the specifications facilitate the emerging NVMe device ecosystem, including enterprise and client solid-state drives (SSDs), removable cards, and compute accelerators..."
StorageReview, November 22nd, 2021
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Lenovo News
Work For Humankind: Lenovo Invites You To Work From One Of Earth's Most Remote Locations With Smarter Technology
Research conducted by Lenovo reveals more than two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennial respondents feel it's important to give back and contribute positively to local communities during a 'Work from Anywhere' experience
Lenovo announces the launch of Work for Humankind, a bold initiative that calls on volunteers from around the world to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to make a long-lasting difference while working from one of the most remote places in the world with some of the most advanced, smarter technology. Lenovo is inviting volunteers from across the globe to apply for the opportunity to participate in daily life of this island community.

Work for Humankind's location - Robinson Crusoe Island, a destination more than 400 miles west of mainland Chile and is one of the most ecologically rich places on the planet

Lenovo News, December 2nd, 2021
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IT News - AI
Building and Implementing Responsible AI: A Practical Guide
Artificial intelligence can help companies solve complex business challenges and identify new opportunities - but businesses need to be able to trust the technology
"Currently, only 25 percent of businesses have processes fully enabled by AI and only 20 percent of companies have an ethical AI framework. This can create serious business consequences.

In today's business environment, however, AI is vital. Retailers, for example, are facing a hectic holiday season and AI can create better online experiences at speed. AI increases productivity, product quality and consumption. By automating tedious tasks, AI helps companies alleviate the burdens facing IT teams that are holding down the fort during these unprecedented times..."

Enterprise AI, November 24th, 2021
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193 Countries Adopt First-Ever Global Agreement On The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence
All the Member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Thursday a historic agreement that defines the common values and principles needed to ensure the healthy development of AI.
Artificial intelligence is present in everyday life, from booking flights and applying for loans to steering driverless cars. It is also used in specialized fields such as cancer screening or to help create inclusive environments for the disabled.

According to UNESCO, AI is also supporting the decision-making of governments and the private sector, as well as helping combat global problems such as climate change and world hunger.

However, the agency warns that the technology 'is bringing unprecedented challenges'.

UN News, November 25th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
AI, Cloud, 5G To Be The Most Important Technologies In 2022, Says Study
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Cloud Computing and 5G will be the most important technologies in 2022, according to IEEE's recent Global Study
"The new survey of global technology leaders from the U.S., U.K., China, India and Brazil, which included 350 CIOs, CTOs and IT directors, covers the most important technologies in 2022, industries most impacted by technology in the year ahead, and technology trends through the next decade.

The most important technologies, innovation, sustainability and the future

Which technologies will be the most important in 2022? Among total respondents, more than one in five (21%) say AI and ML, cloud computing (20%) and 5G (17%) will be the most important technologies next year. Because of the global pandemic, technology leaders surveyed said in 2021 they accelerated adoption of cloud computing (60%), AI and ML (51%), and 5G (46%), among others...", November 24th, 2021
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Holographic Data Storage: Next Big Thing Or Bust?
The latest work in holographic storage development approaches its uses in a different way. Take a deep dive into the possibilities and potential of this 3D storage
"Holographic data storage has been discussed for decades. Once slated as the next generation of optical storage, it promised greater densities and access speeds than today's Blu-ray discs.

Over the years, numerous research teams tried to build holographic systems that could meet the growing demands of data storage. However, these teams achieved few concrete results beyond the occasional prototype. Their efforts were not in vain, however. Microsoft breathed new life into holographic storage with Project HSD, a collaboration between Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Azure, whose goal is to adapt holographic technology to cloud-scale storage..."

SearchStorage, November 23rd, 2021
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The Top Business Technology Trends For 2021-2022
With the new year just around the corner, the world of business is set to see great change. From 5G and the Internet of Things to the blockchain, new technology trends are creating a digital transformation for companies on a global level. In this article, we'll take a look at the latest trends in technology to keep an eye out for in 2022 and beyond.
  • 2022 Updates to ISO 27002
  • 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Privacy and Data Regulations for Advertisers
  • Hybrid Workforces Become the New Norm
  • Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency

Which Technology Trend Will Impact Your Business?

Business 2 Community, November 22nd, 2021
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Microsoft News
Behind The Unprecedented Effort To Protect Customers Against The Nobelium Nation-State Attack
Defending against a major cyberattack requires the same level of readiness that you need for any major crisis, according to Microsoft 365 Security Chief of Staff Elizabeth Stephens, a 19-year Marine Corps veteran who served in three combat deployments
There's a mission. There's a plan of action. And there's an expert team ready to go. Stephens was part of a dedicated response team that was mobilized in response to the NOBELIUM nation-state attack in December 2020.

'All of the teams came together in a way that very much reminded me of the way my Marine Corps came together,' said Stephens. 'The way we respond is very much like first responders. We pride ourselves on being able to come together regardless of our areas of specialty and expertise and fill in the gaps between each other very quickly to get a mission completed. 'It's about' selflessness and the sense of, if we weren't defending then who else was going to?'

Microsoft News, December 2nd, 2021
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How Powerpoint Transformed The Life's Work Of An Educator #IDPD
A teacher who is deaf uses the popular digital tool to empower people with disabilities
Michio Inaba teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing. He knows what they are experiencing - he lost his hearing in an auto accident when he was six years old.

He identifies with his students in a fundamental way and has made it his life's work 'to create classes that are easier for the kids at my school to understand.'

Now a deputy director at Deaf Support Osaka, a non-profit institution in Japan's second-largest city, he has produced more than 500 educational videos with a tool that many of us use every day for office work: PowerPoint.

Microsoft News, December 3rd, 2021
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Inclusion For All This International Day Of Persons With Disabilities
According to Stats Canada one in five (22%) of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over has one or more disabilities. And at some point, most of us will face some type of temporary, situational, or permanent disability
On, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are reminded that the pandemic has affected everyone. It has disrupted how we think, act and how we operate in our daily lives. But for the 6.2 million Canadians or more than one billion people in the world living with a disability, the effects of the pandemic have been even more acute. In many circumstances, people with disabilities have been subjected to higher risks of COVID transmission while others have faced challenges because of lockdowns and regulations that have distanced them from their communities and necessary support systems.
Microsoft News, December 3rd, 2021
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Microsoft And KPMG Collaborate To Build Industry Optimization Solutions Using Azure Quantum
Microsoft and KPMG are working together to explore and solve common business problems utilizing quantum-inspired optimization techniques available through Azure Quantum.
Optimization problems are found in many industries and are often difficult to solve using traditional methods which can accelerate optimization. Emulating these quantum effects on classical computers has led to the development of quantum-inspired optimization (QIO) algorithms that run on classical hardware. These algorithms allow researchers, developers, and solution providers to benefit from quantum approaches on classical hardware today, providing a speed-up over traditional approaches.
Microsoft News, December 2nd, 2021
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Citrix News
Optimizing Citrix Workspace Microapps
The importance of crowdsourcing and citizen developers, plus lessons learned
While adopting Citrix Workspace microapps internally in 2020, we learned some things about how to make the process more seamless and effective. We've been sharing these insights in a series of blog posts to help our customers benefit from our experience.

In the first three posts, we covered planning, launching, and rolling out the technology. This final post addresses optimization and lessons learned.

Citrix News, November 30th, 2021
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The Top 10 FAQs From Our Citrix Virtual Apps And Desktops Webinar
It is always exciting to share what's new and upcoming with the products our customers know and love. Last month, Paul Carley and I delivered a What's New and What's Next with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops webinar. If you missed it and are looking to get the latest information
With all the engagement and great questions we got, we wanted to follow up with answers to the most commonly asked questions we received. From on-premises environments to cloud and hybrid deployments, there is a ton to love about the latest updates. Let's look at the top 10 most frequently asked questions from the webinar to give you more insight into what's new and next in the world of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.
Citrix News, November 29th, 2021
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With Computer Chips In Short Supply, The Future Is Now For It Buyers
A global shortage of microchips has slowed the delivery of IT hardware and increased prices
With the impact of the squeeze expected to last for a year or more, technology decision-makers must act quickly to avoid being caught short. According to The Wall Street Journal, 'Corporate tech leaders are dealing with dwindling supplies of the physical building blocks of IT.'

Microchip Shortages Become the Norm

The reasons behind the chip shortage are varied. The shift to hybrid and remote work combined with evolving digital consumer buying patterns has skyrocketed demand. Advance buying and stockpiling early in the pandemic further depleted supply. And bottlenecks caused by rising container prices and a shortage of truck drivers have slowed every link in global supply chains.

Citrix News, December 1st, 2021
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Work 2022: Rewriting The Rules For Work
The great unplanned work from home experiment has advanced thinking on workforce strategies, work models, and business models by decades. And we're about to see a massive explosion in innovation because of it.
Business today is a moving target. From talent shortages and supply chain disruptions to pricing pressures and the ongoing pandemic, it's tough to predict what will happen in the next five minutes, much less the next year. But one thing is clear: work has changed forever, and there's no going back. Unplanned investments made over the last year to accommodate remote work have torn down barriers and given way to new ways of operating that will fuel unprecedented levels of innovation and growth in the year ahead. Here are five things you can plan on:
Citrix News, November 29th, 2021
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Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) Vs. VPN: How They Differ
Before 2020, there were signs of a growing - albeit slow - shift to remote work
But during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations were forced to quickly adopt hybrid or remote work policies to keep operations running and protect their workforce. Since then, IT teams have continued to deploy corporate applications and desktops in the cloud while allowing remote employees to use unmanaged devices and unsanctioned networks to do their jobs. Consequently, this has opened the door to a plethora of inherent network security risks.
Citrix News, December 2nd, 2021
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HPE News
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Selected To Build New Supercomputer For The U.S. Department Of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory To Accelerate Discovery Of Renewable Power
NREL's new Kestrel supercomputer will deliver more than 5X faster performance to tackle ongoing R&D to unlock energy efficiency and renewable energy for tomorrow's clean energy systems
HPE announced that it is has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a world leader in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to build a new supercomputer to support ongoing R&D that will transform energy from geothermal, water, wind, solar, and fuels. The new supercomputer will also support energy initiatives related to security, resilience, storage, systems integration, energy justice, and community transitions, as well as transportation and mobility, buildings, and advanced manufacturing.

In continuing its naming theme of supercomputers that honors various bird species, such as with previous system generations named 'Peregrine' and 'Eagle,' NREL has named the new supercomputer 'Kestrel,' after the American falcon.

HPE News, December 1st, 2021
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HPE Reports Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter And Full-Year Results
Exceeds FY21 commitments; Edge-to-cloud strategy driving strong momentum across all businesses entering FY22
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced financial results for fiscal year 2021 and the fourth quarter, ended October 31, 2021.

'HPE ended fiscal year 2021 with record demand for our edge-to-cloud portfolio, and we are well positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunity in front of us,' said Antonio Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 'In 2021, we accelerated our pivot to as a service, strengthened our core capabilities, and invested in bold innovation in high-growth segments. As our customers continue to demand greater connectivity, access to solutions that allow them to extract value from their data no matter where it lives, and a cloud-everywhere experience, HPE is poised to accelerate our market leadership and provide strong shareholder returns.'

HPE News, November 30th, 2021
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Thailand's National Science And Technology Development Agency Bolsters R&D And Strengthens Nation's Economy With New Supercomputer From Hewlett Packard Enterprise
New supercomputer speeds time-to-insight and accelerates innovation for Thailand's efforts in medicine, energy sources, weather forecasting and more with advanced modeling, simulation, AI and analytics capabilities
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced that it is building a new supercomputer for Thailand's National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) that is 30X faster than its existing system. The new supercomputer will be hosted in the NSTDA Supercomputer center (ThaiSC), which is one Thailand's leading national science and technology infrastructure (NSTI) centers within the NSTDA that delivers cutting-edge high performance computing (HPC) resources for the national R&D's efforts. The system will support all research communities in Thailand across public and private organizations.
HPE News, November 30th, 2021
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Zerto In-Cloud For AWS: Edge To Cloud Disaster Recovery At Scale
New DR software scales to protect 1,000+ Amazon EC2 instances across regions, availability zones, and accounts
Cyber resilience is a key focus at AWS re:Invent this year, and it's no wonder. Data is everything to your business, it's growing at mind-boggling rates, and it's under siege - threatened by disruption brought on by cybercrime, natural disasters, or simple human error. Sadly, we are seeing the rise of ransomware growing daily, with cyber criminals getting more brazen as they hold business-critical data hostage. However, at Zerto we have been protecting businesses from these threats for over a decade.
HPE News, November 30th, 2021
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Dell News
Dell Technologies And AWS Collaborate To Help Customers Protect Their Data From Ransomware Attacks
Dell Technologies and AWS bring industry-leading data protection to customers with a public cloud vault, operational air gap and enhanced security
Dell Technologies and AWS are bringing Dell's cyber recovery vault to the AWS Marketplace with the launch of Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS. Through the AWS Marketplace, customers can easily purchase and deploy an air-gapped cyber vault from Dell, the leading provider of data protection appliances & software globally1, to help securely protect and isolate data away from a ransomware attack.

Dell EMC PowerProtect Cyber Recovery for AWS provides multiple layers of protection with a modern approach that allows AWS customers to resume normal business operations quickly and confidently after a cyberattack. The solution moves a customer's critical data away from the attack surface, physically and logically isolating it with a secure, automated operational air gap. Unlike standard backup solutions, this air gap locks down management interfaces, requiring separate security credentials and multi-factor authentication for access.

Dell News, December 1st, 2021
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Dell Technologies Joins Hands With Four Institutes Of Higher Learning To Shape Next Generation Of Tech Talent In Singapore
Dell Technologies, together with Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic, will equip over 5,000 students with critical core skills tied to new and emerging technologies
Dell Technologies today announced a joint commitment with four Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to enhance the pre-employment training curriculum for over 5,000 tertiary students in Singapore over the next two years. The programme seeks to build and attract a robust talent pipeline for the local information and communications technology (ICT) sector by equipping the students with industry-relevant skills.

Together with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore Management University (SMU), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Dell Technologies will co-develop new content for curriculum modules, specialist diplomas and degree courses focused on critical core skills tied to new and emerging technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital cities management.

Dell News, December 3rd, 2021
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Five Key Questions To Answer Before A Storage Refresh
When you refresh storage systems in the data center, there can be many points of resistance that may require support. Discover five key questions to ask yourself when approaching a refresh.
Technology refreshes have become pervasive and commonplace in our lives. I'm sure most of you have upgraded your phone or laptop, moved to a smarter TV or re-evaluated your home WiFi in the last two years. These transitions have become second nature and we often do them without much thought as we seek to have the latest and best of what's available. When a company needs to refresh storage systems in the data center, there can often be more resistance to change. With data as the new capital, is your current storage hardware letting you tap into its real potential?
Dell News, December 3rd, 2021
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Protect Your Data And Your Dollars In The Cloud
If you have your head in the clouds, be sure to keep your feet on the ground - especially when it comes to public cloud spending. Use the public cloud marketplace and don't leave money on the table.
Predicting public cloud spend is a tricky, high stakes business. Get it right, and you can win the hearts and minds of your end-users by delivering on all the benefits of cloud - increased speed, agility and efficiency. Get it wrong, and you can end up pouring vast sums of money down a public cloud sink hole.

In a recent blog post, I discussed how multi-cloud data services providers, like Dell Technologies and Faction, help to deliver hybrid, multi-cloud capabilities that accelerate cloud-first initiatives, while simultaneously mitigating the risk of cost-over runs.

Dell News, December 2nd, 2021
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Public Cloud Vault To Secure, Isolate And Recover Data
Dell bolsters AWS Marketplace portfolio with a public cloud vault to secure, isolate and recover data from a ransomware attack
Across all industries and among organizations of every size, cyberattacks are on the rise. Cyber Security Ventures estimates that every 11 seconds a cyber or ransomware attack occurs. Yet, many organizations still lack confidence in their data protection solutions in the face of these modern threats. The 2021 Global Data Protection Index reported that 67% of IT decision makers are not confident that all business-critical data can be recovered after a destructive cyberattack. With more organizations building their business upon, and trusting their organization and data with multiple cloud vendors, having confidence that critical data is secured from ransomware - and can be recovered with integrity - is a priority.
Dell News, December 1st, 2021
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When It Comes To Growth, There Is No Taking Sides
An omni-channel business model with a robust partner ecosystem is at the core of our corporate growth strategy.
Dell Technologies' recent Q3 performance was fueled by our unwavering focus on customers, and we delivered record results and growth. That growth was made possible by our long-standing omni-channel strategy, leveraging Dell's sellers AND our channel partners. While there's a tendency in the industry to talk about direct or channel, it's not about choosing one or the other, and certainly not about choosing one at the expense of the other.

Dell Technologies is focused on taking share, not taking sides. An omni-channel business model with a robust partner ecosystem is at the core of our corporate growth strategy.

Dell News, December 3rd, 2021
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IT News - CRM
11 Challenges In CRM And How To Solve Them
Customer relationship management (CRM) software is designed to help businesses manage their interactions with customers
"The goal of any good CRM system is to give you, as a business owner, better insight into your customers. A CRM system can help you increase sales, making it easier for your sales team to reach out to individual customers or tailor targeted interactions based on each customer's unique preferences.

CRM software has become an indispensable component of many businesses, especially those that have multiple departments or locations. However, there are challenges in CRM adoption, integration, and implementation that can sometimes affect performance or simply make the software more difficult to use..."

CIOinsight, November 22nd, 2021
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IT News - HR
Worried About Employee Turnover? Ask These 6 Questions To Size Your Risk
The answers will help you respond effectively.
"Gartner research indicates that one in five employees, on average, is actively looking for a new job. Some industries and functions are feeling even more acute pain: 31% of IT workers, for example, actively sought out a new job in Q3 2021.

Is turnover coming at your organization? It's critical to know how big the risk is so you can mitigate the impact on business continuity and results..."

Gartner, November 24th, 2021
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Nearly 600,000 Open Cybersecurity-Related Jobs Were Listed Over 12 Months
New CyberSeek data reveals that there were 597,767 online job listings for cybersecurity-related positions in the 12 months from October 2020 through September 2021.
"Employers are seeking cybersecurity professionals at all stops on the career pathway; from entry-level cybersecurity specialists (8,889 job openings) to mid-level cybersecurity analysts (27,919) to advanced-level cybersecurity engineers (61,579)..."
HelpNet Security, November 26th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
How To Plan For A Data Center Migration
By migrating from a traditional data center environment to a cloud environment, teams will be able to more easily optimize their workloads using the tools that cloud platforms provide
"While there are potential challenges associated with data center migration, the benefits of moving from physical infrastructures, enterprise data centers, or on-premises data storage systems to a cloud data center or a hybrid cloud system are well worth the effort.

Now that we've gone over the potential challenges of data center migration, how do businesses enable a successful data center migration while effectively managing risk?

Below, we've laid out a repeatable high-level migration strategy that is broken down into four phases: Discovery, Planning, Execution, and Optimization. By leveraging a repeatable framework as such, organizations create the opportunity to identify assets, minimize migration costs and risks using a multi-phased migration approach, enable deployment and configuration, and finally, optimize the end state..."

Network Computing, November 22nd, 2021
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10 Strategic Tech Trends For The Infrastructure Industry In 2022
The time has come for digital transformation in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Here are 10 technology trends that will shape the future of infrastructure.
"Compared to early adopters on the road to digital transformation, the infrastructure industry, meaning the 'built environment' consisting of the human-made places and spaces in which we live, work, and play, could be considered a laggard. But it is a laggard with enormous market opportunity-to the tune of $21T annually worldwide and an annual spend of $1.4T in the U.S., representing 4% of US GDP.

Many of the strategic technologies that we know well from deployments in high-tech, finance, and other industries, such as AI/ML and data analytics, are now permeating the infrastructure industry, as are other unique technology enablers specific to architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)..."

CIO, November 24th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
7 Reasons Why Brands Move To Cloud Contact Center
Strong communication is precious between customers and the company
"A cloud contact center can be defined as a capacity where all the communication between a company and customers can be held via multiple different channels such as chats, E-mails, SMS, Social media, voice, etc. A report by FinancesOnline stated that 87% of the employers will speed up their cloud migration due to the pandemic.

Companies are now moving towards cloud from on-premises facilities. In simple terms, if we try to understand the cloud contact center is completely on the cloud which is easily accessible from anywhere, anytime whereas On-Prem does not allow you to work outside the office as your servers are kept in your office premises only..."

Business 2 Community, November 26th, 2021
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IT News - IoT
How Internet of Things (IoT) Edge Computing is Used by Volkswagen Group, Bharat Light & Power, Eneco, SISAG, and Deep Sky Vineyard: Case Studies
The Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing play a major role in how organizations in a variety of industries operate
"Below are some examples of how IoT and edge computing technologies helped a range of organizations improve their workflows:...

5 IoT Edge Computing Case Studies

  • Deep Sky Vineyard
  • Eneco
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Bharat Light & Power


Datamation, November 22nd, 2021
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12 Key Steps For A Successful Cloud Migration
Exploring Internet of Things (IoT) cloud trends provides valuable insight into the extent to which organizations and consumers have embraced both of these technologies
"As Mordor Intelligence reports, the IoT market was valued at $1.1 trillion in 2020 and is expected to grow to $6 trillion by 2026, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 32% between 2021 and 2026. These numbers come as no surprise when we consider that recent Microsoft research revealed that around 94% of companies would use some variety of IoT by the end of 2021...

Cloud adoption, in general, has been on the rise as well. Gartner forecasts end-user spending on cloud services to reach nearly $400 billion by the end of 2021 and $482 billion by the end of 2022. Further, the research firm predicts, public cloud spending will grow to more than 45% of all enterprise IT spending - up from less than 17% in 2021..."

Datamation, November 22nd, 2021
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Addressing Authentication Issues Within IoT
Staying Safe, While Staying Connected
"As more organizations enter the digital landscape of the Internet of Things (IoT), there are parallel increases in the number and frequencies of cyberattacks. IoT has a great capacity for beneficial technological impact across all industries, but unless organizations can embrace better cybersecurity, they are all under massive risk of attack.

Make no mistake: threat actors have taken note of the increasing number of connected devices and the complexity of the interacting systems-and they've been evolving right alongside it. Cybercriminals will often focus on the weakest link they spot in a system. In many cases, it's authentication: the process of ensuring that a user is who they say they are..."

Security Boulevard, November 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Careers
Zoom Job Interviews: Dress To Dodge A Bullet
What is the dress code for men on job interviews, whether live or Zoom?
"Some people say you can never go wrong overdressing, others say you don't want to look stodgy. One friend always wears a sports jacket with a button down shirt, no tie.

Recent history: I had a Zoom interview with a manufacturing company and I dressed like my friend suggested. For a media firm where nobody on LinkedIn looked a day over 28, I wore a button down shirt, no jacket..."

Nick's Reply: "How you dress for a job interview in-person or online can have a big effect, though not just for the reasons you think. What you wear might help you dodge a bullet! But first let's address the obvious: How to suss out the right way to dress..."

Ask The Headhunter, November 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Email
5 Open Source Alternatives To Microsoft Exchange
There is no need to settle for a proprietary solution. Try one of these Linux-based email and groupware services.
"For decades, Microsoft Exchange has ruled the market for email and groupware services. This top dog dominates the corporate world, and the omnipresent Outlook mail client has become the de facto standard for groupware. Since Exchange is closely integrated with Microsoft's Office products, users have access to a wide variety of productivity software and features, whether they're using a desktop or a mobile client.

However, many companies have concerns about storing their data in the Microsoft cloud. In this article, I look at some open source alternatives and their advantages. It's not just about becoming vendor-independent and reducing costs; it's about using software with open standards and a different level of security-for the groupware server itself and the operating system behind it...", November 24th, 2021
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9 Cloud And On-Premises Email Security Suites Compared
These email security suites have evolved to keep pace with email-enabled threats.
"Email remains the soft underbelly of enterprise security because it is the most tempting target for hackers. They just need one victim to succumb to a phishing lure to enter your network. Phishing (in all its forms) is just one of many attacks that can leverage a poorly protected email infrastructure. Account takeovers (due to reused passwords), business email compromises, payment fraud, specialized mobile malware, and spam messages that contain hidden malware or poisoned web links. That places a heavy burden on any email security solution..."
CSO Online, November 22nd, 2021
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IT News - Developer
How Software Development Will Change In 2022
Businesses need a pipeline of software-enabled functionality that has to be delivered quickly and reliably without overworking software teams
"Over the past year, I have studied in detail how the software development productivity space is changing. Over this time, I have spoken to engineering leaders from dozens of organisations, reviewed the latest literature and even conducted representative opinion polling among software engineers.

While the future is uncertain, there are three key trends that technology leaders cannot afford to miss. How tech leaders implement these trends within their organisations will help to define how successful they are in boosting productivity and driving developer wellbeing..."

ComputerWeekly, November 23rd, 2021
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Application Security Code Reviews: Best Practices
Secure code reviews are an essential part of the software development life cycle (SDLC)
"By employing a series of security audit methodologies, you are able to proactively identify vulnerabilities or errors in an application.

During the development of your software application, did you consider the current OWASP Top 10 web application security risks? How often do you review the CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses?..."

IT Business Edge, November 23rd, 2021
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