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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of the month.

  • When to take on tasks that are outside of your job description
  • How to eliminate strategic overload
  • Getting AI to scale: 4 steps
  • Resist old routines when returning to the office
  • The hazards of a 'nice' company culture

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The Enterprisers Project, October 5th, 2021
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3 Hybrid Work Strategy Tips CIOs And IT Need Now
Moving to a hybrid work model presents a number of challenges for companies. Here's how IT leaders can help overcome obstacles and support success.
"Many companies are in the process of creating or refining their hybrid work strategy," writes Joe Berger in SearchCIO. "CIOs and other IT leaders are critical to ensuring that strategy is a success.

Planning a return to the office is complex: It's not as simple as turning on the lights and bringing employees back to the pre-pandemic office they remember. Business and IT leaders must rethink and improve office spaces to ensure employee safety and support their new hybrid workforce.

Here are three ways IT leaders can bring clarity to reopening plans, enable hybrid work and improve the employee experience..."

SearchCIO, October 4th, 2021
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A Journey In Organizational Resilience: Crisis Management
So far in this organizational resilience journey, we have focused mainly on the planning phase, or, as some call it, 'left of the boom'.
George Platsis writes in SecurityIntelligence, "For a moment, let's look at a 'right of the boom' (post-incident) theme: crisis management (CM), an important component of your cyber resilience planning.

A good CM plan will be part of a larger governance cybersecurity framework (a topic that we look at in the next piece) and has an emphasis on a vital attribute: communications. Carrying out a CM plan requires knowing roles and responsibilities, when to escalate, when to act, and what (and what not!) to say..."

SecurityIntelligence, October 4th, 2021
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The CIO's Guide To Managing Enterprise AI
How should Chief Information Officers prepare to lead AI efforts in the enterprise? The author of a new book explains exactly what you need to know, on episode #706 of the CXOTalk series of conversations with people shaping our world.
"Today's CIOs must ensure that their organizations have an "AI-ready" infrastructure capable of supporting data and applications related to AI," opines Michael Krigsman in ZDNet.

"The challenge is not whether to embrace AI, but how to prepare the organization to adopt AI in a way that increases business value and reduces risk. CIOs must also consider how to establish a distinct set of enterprise capabilities around AI. All this requires CIOs to establish a holistic view of their enterprise infrastructure and how it should evolve to support current and future capabilities related to AI and data..."

ZDNet, October 4th, 2021
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IT Leadership: 5 Traits Of Truly Digital Leaders
Running digital transformation efforts does not make you a digital leader. Here's what distinguishes leaders of successful digital businesses
"Every organization can make standalone digital investments, launch many digital transformation efforts, or even hire a team of digital executives to help them achieve digital nirvana," notes Mazen Ghalayini and MJ Johnson in The Enterprisers Project. "But actions made in isolation without fully adopting what it takes to become a digital business are destined to fail. The fact is, there's no silver bullet for building a digital organization, nor is there a clear deadline or desired end state.

To truly be digital - instead of just doing digital things - a business becomes a different version of itself by adopting a complete mindset and operational shift, preparing to adapt to change continuously. Becoming a digital business means accepting that change is the rule, not the exception - and that this constant state of change is the opportunity for them to stand out, not fall behind. And it takes an exceptional team. No single individual or IT leader can do it alone..."

The Enterprisers Project, October 8th, 2021
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People Are The Key To Successful Digital Transformation
The combined elements for achieving digital transformation
Pete Hanlon writes in ITProPortal, "Digital transformation - the adoption and integration of digital technologies across all areas of the business to fundamentally change and improve processes and value for customers. Whilst the concept appears a simple one. It is far from it.

It will look different across businesses, industries and countries. The conversation being raised due to varying issues or problems, improving customer experience or increasing productivity. All personal to the business. No one size fits all..."

ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Cybersecurity Awareness: The Basics Are The Foundation
It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) put out their 2021 #BeCyberSmart message kit... What do these mean for your business? Let's start off with the basics.
Cybersecurity Awareness Tips: Stop Throwing Good Money After Bad

George Platsis writes in SecurityIntelligence, "More than ever, basic cyber hygiene is vital to protecting data. Here's why: the risk footprint has never been larger. Some reasons were not surprising: big data becoming harder to manage, more alerts bogging down and burning out incident responders, a blast of Internet of Things devices coming online and 5G deployments being a management issue of their own..."

SecurityIntelligence, October 4th, 2021
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How To Be Cybersmart This Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybercriminals constantly adopt newer techniques to target internet users. Read the article to know the four crucial ways to be CyberSmart
"The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, with threat actors leveraging new hacking techniques to penetrate and exploit critical infrastructure. While organizations are worried about misconfigurations and poor security practices, human errors remain a major cause of cyberattacks and data breaches.

The Cost of Human Error

According to a study 'Psychology of Human Error' by Stanford University Professor Jeff Hancock and security firm Tessian, 88% of data breaches are caused by employees' mistakes. The study highlighted that nearly 43% said they're sure they have made a mistake at work that had security repercussions for themselves or their company. Several organizations claim that human error was the primary factor with a year-over-year increase in several security incidents. Almost 93% are concerned about human error causing accidental exposure of their cloud data..."

CISO MAG, October 4th, 2021
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Active Directory Security Is Hard. Here's Why And How To Fix It
IT teams can improve Active Directory security through better management of Attack Paths.
Andy Robbins writes in ITProPortal, "Active Directory (AD) is one of, if not THE, most critical services used by organizations of all sizes. In fact, for roughly 90 percent of Global Fortune 1000 companies, AD is the primary method utilized for seamless authentication and authorization when connecting and managing individual endpoints inside corporate networks. For these enterprises, AD is effectively the foundation upon which access is managed for endpoint management services, identity and authentication services, email authentication and critical business operations..."
ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
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Top Cybersecurity Statistics, Trends, And Facts
Survey data from the past year paints a picture for what your threat landscape will potentially look like in the coming months
"2021 has been a banner year for cybercriminals," opines Brian Carlson in CSO Online, "they have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in remote work, attacking both technical and social vulnerabilities. This historic increase in cybercrime resulted in everything from financial fraud involving CARES Act stimulus funds and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to a spike in phishing schemes and bot traffic. Piled on top of that is a growing wave of ransomware and software supply chain attacks..."
CSO Online, October 7th, 2021
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Top Security Risks To Watch For In Shifting To Hybrid Identity Management
Challenges of hybrid identity management
"It's easy to see why enterprises are gravitating toward a hybrid identity management model that promises the best of both worlds-a little bit in the cloud, and a little bit on-premises," opines Doug Davis in ITProPortal.

"In an Active Directory-centric environment, leveraging the cloud means integrating with Azure Active Directory. Azure Active Directory (AAD), after all, is designed with an eye toward SaaS applications, providing single sign-on and access control. As cloud adoption increases, the ability to manage both on-premises and cloud access is becoming a business necessity. Leveraging AAD alongside Active Directory (AD) helps make hybrid identity management a reality. As with anything in IT, however, the adage of look-before-you leap still applies..."

ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
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Cybersecurity Best Practices Lagging, Despite People Being Aware Of The Risks
The National Cybersecurity Alliance and CybSafe announced the release of a report which polled 2,000 individuals across the U.S. and UK. The report examined key cybersecurity trends, attitudes, and behaviors ahead of Cybersecurity Awareness Month this month.
'The cybersecurity threat landscape is as complex and diverse as it has ever been,' said Lisa Plaggemier, Interim Executive Director, National Cybersecurity Alliance.

'The daily headlines of data breaches and ransomware attacks is a testament to the problem getting worse, yet most people aren't aware of the simple steps they can take to be a part of the solution. It's critical to have a deeper understanding of both the challenges we face and the prevailing attitudes and behaviors among the public.' - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, October 7th, 2021
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Lenovo News
Lenovo Extends Exclusive Lenovo Legion PC And Monitor Partnership With Apex Legends Global Series
Renewed agreement maps out Lenovo's vision as one of the world's most globally recognized gaming brands
Lenovo, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and Respawn Entertainment announced Lenovo Legion will continue powering transformational experiences for Apex Legends Global Series esports competitors as it takes its official gaming equipment partnership to the next level.

As the world's top PC maker1, Lenovo is committed to providing high-performance equipment for top-tier competitive gaming experiences. Lenovo will provide more than 400 high-performance Lenovo Legion PCs and gaming monitors for all Apex Legends Global Series Majors - enabling the best in the world play on some of the best gaming equipment.

Lenovo News, October 14th, 2021
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Lenovo's CO2 Offset Service Receives First-Of-Its-Kind Dekra Validation In Sustainability
Through this service, Lenovo customers have offset more than 350,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide associated with the purchase of their IT equipment worldwid
"As the demand for environmentally-conscious products and services grows, Lenovo today announced the DEKRA validation of its global CO2 Offset Service. Conducted by the Business Assurance Services unit of this international testing, inspection and certification organization, this is the first DEKRA audit of its kind for an electronics manufacturer. Consisting of an in-depth assessment of Lenovo's carbon footprint calculation process, DEKRA has validated the accuracy of the related claims and verified the service's CO2 compensation process..."
Lenovo News, October 13th, 2021
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IT News - AI
Gartner Identifies Four Trends Driving Near-Term Artificial Intelligence Innovation
Responsible AI, Small and Wide Data, Operationalization and Efficient Resource Use Will Be Key to Scaling AI Initiatives
Four trends on the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2021 are driving near-term artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. These trends include responsible AI; small and wide data approaches; operationalization of AI platforms; and efficient use of data, model and compute resources.

'AI innovation is happening at a rapid pace, with an above-average number of technologies on the Hype Cycle reaching mainstream adoption within two to five years,' said Shubhangi Vashisth, senior principal research analyst at Gartner. 'Innovations including edge AI, computer vision, decision intelligence and machine learning are all poised to have a transformational impact on the market in coming years.' - Gartner

Gartner, October 5th, 2021
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Artificial Intelligence Market 2021
The artificial intelligence (AI) market is seeing explosive growth not only in traditionally tech-driven industries but also in new lines of business and in the homes of consumers
Shelby Hiter writes in Datamation, "As the demand for AI efficiencies continues to grow, data scientists and other AI experts are challenging themselves to harness and apply big data in new ways.

Read on to learn about artificial intelligence, how AI is being used, and the state of the AI market:..."

Datamation, October 8th, 2021
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Where AI Has Made Real Progress
Better data infrastructure has provided a big boost to AI's growth, but some things still require a human
"We've been overselling current capabilities of AI for years," writes Matt Asay in InfoWorld, "but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a bright future. That's perhaps why Stanford University researchers conceived of a 'One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence' (100 years!) back in 2016, with plans to update the report every five years through 2116, charting the progress of AI along the way. Five years after the inaugural report, the study authors recently released the second report.

The TL;DR? We've made 'remarkable progress' in just five years, on the back of ever-improving data infrastructure, yet we still fall 'far short of the field's founding aspiration of recreating full human-like intelligence in machines.' What we are discovering, however, is the importance of meshing human and machine to achieve better outcomes. Is it 'true' AI? Not as originally envisioned. But arguably it's better..."

InfoWorld, October 4th, 2021
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The Data And AI Landscape 2021: It A Mad, Mad, Mad World
Data and AI companies used to be considered tech companies. But the wave of IPOs and proliferation of unicorns is turning this market into its own sector. Our question is how sustainable is this MAD new world?
"While much of the world closed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gates opened wide for financing early and late-stage startups in the data and AI space," writes Tony Baer in ZDNet.

"A team at FirstMark Capital, led by partner Matt Turck, has issued the latest of its annual encyclopedic data and AI landscapes. At one end of the spectrum, Turck and colleagues wrote, there is the maturation as evidenced by the breakout IPOs of Snowflake and Confluent, reassuring the VC community that revenues and growth are real and that the onrush of funding is not triggering a replay of the dot com bubble..."

ZDNet, October 7th, 2021
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Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning 2021
Technology solution providers frequently list artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) products under one category of AI/ML.
Shelby Hiter write in Datamation, "The combination of these two tech trends has gained significant buzz in the business world, but AI and ML aren't the same thing: machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence.

Bartowsz Wojtowicz, a machine learning engineer at Netguru, a machine learning and digital transformation company, offered further distinction:

'AI describes a general concept of creating machines, simulating human cognitive capabilities - such as learning and problem solving,' Wojtowicz said. 'Whereas, machine learning is currently the most promising and most widely used application of AI, which allows computers to learn and improve based on experience'..."

Datamation, October 8th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
Darpa Program Aims To Build Quantum-Inspired Solvers
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Quantum-Inspired Classical Computing (QuICC) program seeks to leverage lessons learned from benchmarking quantum algorithms to develop QI solvers for a range of complex DOD optimization problems, and demonstrate the feasibility of reducing the required computational energy by at least two orders of magnitude over existing techniques.
"Department of Defense (DOD) must solve many complex optimization problems to enable mission capabilities - from determining the most efficient way to distribute supplies to minimizing warfighters' exposure to hostile forces. Solving these intricate scenarios is difficult, largely owing to the limitations of existing computing resources. Today, many optimization problems are solved on conventional computers running both heuristic and approximate algorithms, extracting the best solutions allowed by the limited time and energy that is available..." - insideHPC
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HP News
HP Threat Research Shows Attackers Exploiting Zero-Day Vulnerability Before Enterprises Can Patch
HP Wolf Security threat research team sees cybercriminals using legitimate cloud providers to host malware, and switching up file and script types to evade detection tools
HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released its latest global HP Wolf Security Threat Insights Report, providing analysis of real-world cybersecurity attacks. By isolating threats that have evaded detection tools and made it to user endpoints, HP Wolf Security has a unique insight into the latest techniques being used by cybercriminals.

The HP Wolf Security threat research team found evidence that cybercriminals are mobilizing quickly to weaponize new zero-day vulnerabilities. Exploits of the zero-day CVE-2021-404441 - a remote code execution vulnerability that enables exploitation of the MSHTML browser engine using Microsoft Office documents - were first captured by HP on September 8, a week before the patch was issued on September 14.

HP News, October 14th, 2021
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Microsoft News
5 Reasons To Attend The Digital Event: What's Next For Sustainability
It's more important than ever to reduce your organization's carbon footprint. When you take decisive action to set and meet sustainability goals, it's better for the planet and for your business
"At Microsoft, we're committed to becoming carbon negative by 2030-and to empowering businesses and organizations to reduce their environmental impact as well. Join us on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time for What's Next for Sustainability to gain insights from Microsoft president Brad Smith and other experts. During this free digital event, you'll learn how Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability can help you shift from ambition to action and record, report, and reduce your carbon emissions..."
Microsoft News, October 14th, 2021
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Announcing Microsoft Student Summit! Learn. Accelerate. Explore.
We love connecting with students, hearing their experiences, and helping them discover their passions and desired paths, particularly as they venture into the workforce
"Over the past year, we've seen students around the world take an increasing interest in their skill development, whether it be enrolling in short courses online or pursuing additional certifications and credentials to supplement their academic studies and diversify their resume. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across every country and industry around the world, opening new job roles and opportunities for innovation in ways we've never seen before. Students are our future, and we are committed to supporting them in every way possible to best prepare the workforce of tomorrow..."
Microsoft News, October 12th, 2021
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Empowering Cloud Sustainability With The Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard
As cloud services continue to scale, their impact on the environment cannot be overlooked
"That's why today we're announcing the general availability of the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard, a tool that helps Microsoft cloud customers understand, track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions associated with their cloud usage. The Emissions Impact Dashboard is part of our commitment to address our own environmental impact and help our customers do the same..."
Microsoft News, October 13th, 2021
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How A Startup Is Transforming The Lives Of Grocers In India's Villages With Cloud And AI
ElasticRun's platform is empowering grocery store owners in India's hinterland with its intelligent logistics and distribution network
"Until a couple of years ago, Ramachandra Kuchekar would shut his small grocery store once a month and travel to Pune, the nearest city from his village in western India. There he'd meet wholesalers and pick up supplies to stock his shelves.

It was always a costly trip. His store is his family's sole revenue source and shutting it on a working day meant losing a day's worth of business.

Kuchekar was not alone. According to industry estimates, India has over 12 million grocery stores, called kirana stores in local parlance. Ten million of these are in rural areas, which are not covered by conventional distribution networks for global and local fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). These stores rely on third-party wholesalers in bigger towns and cities for supplies..."

Microsoft News, October 12th, 2021
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Citrix News
A Strategy For Successful VDI Cloud Migrations
Migrating virtual desktops and applications to cloud can deliver significant value-adds to customers, and organizations everywhere are realizing the range of benefits they can reap when moving their desktop workloads to cloud
"They can enable highly intelligent workspaces, enhance security, perform deeper analytics, and ultimately do a lot more when they move their virtual desktop environments to the cloud.

A successful VDI cloud migration needs a strong technology stack, as well as a coherent strategy and design that ensure that the business gets optimal value from the move to cloud. Through the strategic partnership of Citrix and Wipro, organizations get to do much more than just migrate VDIs to the cloud.

In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the important strategic elements that can help organization succeed in their cloud migration and deliver better user experiences and business outcomes..."

Citrix News, October 13th, 2021
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Citrix And Google Cloud Team To Deliver Future Of Hybrid Work
Partners join forces to enable desktops-as-a-service in simple, secure way, empowering productive work from anywhere
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) and Google Cloud are expanding their strategic partnership to deliver the future of hybrid work for enterprise customers. The companies today announced a new collaboration which will include Citrix launching a new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering on Google Cloud. The service will leverage Citrix's management plane and market-leading HDX protocol to enable seamless delivery of virtualized applications and desktops on Google Cloud. The expanded partnership will empower distributed and hybrid workers to securely access the tools and information they need to engage and be productive, wherever they happen to be.
Citrix News, October 12th, 2021
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Citrix Converge 2021: Everything You Need To Know
Citrix Converge 2021, our global technical conference, opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25.
Over the course of four days, you'll have access to dozens of keynote and breakout sessions, panels, workshops, and labs featuring experts from Citrix, our partners, and customers, covering the breadth of Citrix technology. There's a lot on the Converge agenda. Read on for a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of Converge.

Register for Converge

Most importantly, you must be registered for Converge to attend sessions, enter the hackathon, and network with the community. Register, right here, right now!

The Citrix Developer Event Platform If you attended any of our Citrix Developer Focus events earlier this year, you used our new event platform, built on Swapcard, that will be hosting Citrix Converge 2021. The good people at Swapcard have created a short video that explains the various features. It's well worth watching to orient yourself before you dive in!

Citrix News, October 14th, 2021
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Citrix Study Reveals State Of Secure Remote Work
74 percent of security decision makers across US and Europe say procedures and controls have become more complex; 73 percent struggle to manage increase in threats
'It was like changing an engine on a plane while it was in flight.' That's how one security decision maker described the shift to remote work the pandemic forced last year. And as revealed by The State of Security in a Hybrid World, a survey of 1,250 security decision makers across medium to large organizations in the US, the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands conducted by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), things haven't gotten any easier.
Citrix News, October 14th, 2021
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Personalize Your Work With Citrix Workspace
Over the past year, companies lifted and shifted their culture and employee experience to be digitally led. Virtual whiteboards, collaboration spaces, and chat tools proliferated to keep workers connected to each other and the organization
"Technology fueled the transformation, but this transition removed the personal connections and fibers that often connect workers, replacing them with digital processes and chat threads.

But as more of our daily experiences are managed by technology, maintaining the individuality of the employee experience is even more important. With Citrix Workspace, we are focused on enabling people to further personalize their work, helping them make it their own regardless of device and location..."

Citrix News, October 12th, 2021
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Recapping Citrix Launchpad: Work
The shift to distributed work - accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic - has been a success for businesses that embraced new technology to support new ways of working
"Citrix research shows that 2/3 of employees whose organizations introduced productivity solutions like digital workspaces and communication and collaboration tools increased employee productivity.

But roughly the same share of employees has also reported that they're dealing with too many tools and are having to work harder to achieve that productivity. The new tools that were meant to make operations more secure, flexible, and agile have added complexity to the workday and gotten in the way of people doing their best work. Citrix technology can fuel productivity for your entire workforce, eliminating antiquated workflows and unifying your workers' most important tools so you can ensure a great employee experience..."

Citrix News, October 12th, 2021
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The Citrix Analytics App For Splunk, Now In Splunkbase!
The job of a security professional has never been easy, but today it may be more difficult than ever.
"Remote work is now the norm, making traditional, perimeter-based defense strategies ineffective. Employees use their personal, unmanaged devices for work. High-profile ransomware attacks are disrupting industries from beef to oil. Meanwhile, talent shortages have left security departments short-staffed.

Citrix Analytics for Security helps security teams address these challenges. Through machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), it learns how end users interact with apps, files, and devices. These tools help IT to detect risky behavior without dedicating a member of the security team to an endless review of log files. When risky or malicious behavior is identified, policy automation springs into action. With actions like logging users out of their account, initiating session recording, or expiring links to shared documents, Citrix Analytics for Security helps keep your data safe..."

Citrix News, October 13th, 2021
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What We Learned Launching Citrix Workspace Microapps Internally
At Citrix, we face many of the same challenges and opportunities as our customers: Increasing and optimizing efficiency; providing space for employees to do their very best work; and improving employee experience during a rapid and unprecedented shift to hybrid work. No small task.
"We rolled out Citrix Workspace to our employees to help meet these challenges head on. The Citrix digital workspace platform delivers a unified, secure, intelligent, and resilient work experience across any work channel and location to empower employees and organizations to perform at their best.

With our internal rollout of Citrix Workspace, we committed to continuous improvement of the experience through close partnership between our IT, product management, and engineering teams. The introduction of microapp workflows was one of the first enhancements we undertook. As with any new product or feature release, we learned from employee feedback and overcame obstacles to deliver a compelling employee experience..."

Citrix News, October 13th, 2021
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What's The State Of Secure Remote Work?
'It was like changing an engine on a plane while it was in flight.' That's how one security decision maker described the shift to remote work the pandemic forced last year.
"And as revealed by our The State of Security in a Hybrid World, a survey of 1,250 security decision makers across medium to large organizations in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, things haven't gotten any easier.

Securing the Future of Work

With end users working from anywhere - in some cases using personal devices to access cloud apps and corporate resources - the attack surface is larger than it has ever been. And many IT organizations are struggling to defend it. As our study found:..."

Citrix News, October 14th, 2021
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Work Your Way With Citrix Workspace And Microsoft Teams
As more companies support hybrid and remote work, the importance of the tools they provide workers to communicate and collaborate, regardless of location, continues to grow
"In 2020, solutions like Microsoft Teams saw dramatic increases in usage as more organizations made it central to their digital experience strategy.

While the Citrix Workspace app is a compelling personal productivity solution and can dramatically speed workflows and avoid time confetti, allowing organizations to choose the experience that fits them best is a hallmark of Citrix technology. And now, organizations that make Teams their central portal for employees can leverage Citrix Workspace and create powerful, customized, and focused user experiences with the Citrix Workspace app, available in Microsoft Teams..."

Citrix News, October 12th, 2021
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Nutanix News
Enhancing The Security Of Application Delivery In Frame
Nutanix's Frame desktop-as-a-service, with its ability to deliver virtual desktops and applications on non-persistent virtual machines, is a key part of the security posture of many customers
When combined with Frame application mode, which eliminates the Windows Desktop and focuses the end user on a single set of published applications, Frame provides enterprises with a secure way to deliver Windows applications and not lose control of the underlying data. As a part of our Enterprise Profiles capability, Nutanix released a feature that allows Frame administrators to further secure their Frame environment by forcing users with Enterprise Profiles to be logged in as a non-administrative local Windows user. Recently, this feature has been turned into a setting that can be applied to any Frame account that is not using the Frame Domain Join feature.
Nutanix News, October 12th, 2021
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HPE News
For A Third Year In A Row, HPE Is Named A Leader In The 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Primary Storage
We've been recognized for the completeness of our vision for Primary Storage - and our ability to execute
"The 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage has just been published, and I am proud to say that Gartner has recognized HPE as a Leader for the third year in a row! I'm thrilled Gartner chose to recognize HPE for our completeness of vision and our ability to execute. Download a copy for yourself here.

Underpinning HPE's achievement is a vision to simplify data management with a cloud operational experience. We deliver on this vision with the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, and we're now accelerating customer adoption of the cloud operating model with data-driven intelligence and a proven edge-to-cloud adoption framework. These factors give our customers crucial advantages: unprecedented levels of agility, protection against ransomware and cyberattacks, seamless operations across hybrid cloud, and lower costs..."

HPE News, October 14th, 2021
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HPE Accelerating Impact Is Transforming The Tech Nonprofit Sector And Advancing De&I Efforts
Since inception, HPE team members have directed nearly $4 million to tech non-profits through HPE Accelerating Impact
"I have a distinct memory of attending a conference as a teenager and learning that as a young black male in Oakland, I had a statistically greater chance of being incarcerated before the age of 21 than being admitted to the University of California. Now, as Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Chief Sustainability Officer and President of HPE Foundation, it seems I've truly beaten the odds. Along my journey, beyond college and through law school, and in my 20+ years at HPE, I've developed a deep appreciation for thoughtful, innovative solutions grounded in lived experience and community empowerment.

But my reality should be the norm, not the exception..."

HPE News, October 13th, 2021
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HPE Advances ENI's HPC4 Supercomputer To Bolster Research For New Energy Sources With HPE Greenlake
Global integrated energy company will use latest supercomputer, which doubles storage capacity and increases sustainability, to accelerate discovery of new energy sources with advanced modeling and simulation capabilities, while reducing operational costs and energy consumption
"Hewlett Packard Enterprise... announced the upgrade of Eni's existing supercomputer system, HPC4, to accelerate discovery of new energy sources. The new supercomputer, delivered as a service through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, will increase HPC4 performance, improve its computing capacity when running simulations, and double storage capacity to improve accuracy of image-intensive modeling and simulations of complex energy research.

The HPE GreenLake platform, which combines simplicity and agility with the governance, visibility and compliance of an on-premises environment, will allow Eni to more easily monitor HPC4 utilization and energy consumption, helping to increase sustainability..."

HPE News, October 12th, 2021
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Dell News
A Bright New Aurora On The Horizon: Alienware Unveils New Flagship Desktop To Commemorate Its 25th Anniversary
Step into a time portal with us - set the year for October 15, 1996. Until this day, there wasn't a true computer dedicated to serving PC gamers that existed on the marketplace
"Yet, wildly popular titles like Doom (1993), Civilizations II (1996) and Quake (1996) had rallied together a community of game enthusiasts and passionate techies enthralled in what the early days of PC gaming had to offer.

Inside a garage near Miami, two friends were busy day and night digging through crates of loose components and swapping them in and out of beige rectangular PC builds (considered ancient relics by today's standards) like mad scientists trying to perfect their secret formula. Only few ever-set foot inside this DIY chop-shop as it was off-limits to protect to the integrity of the project, like that of a (un)known location in the Nevada desert. It was here on Oct 15, 1996 that marked the launchpad for a daring new company with the vision of building custom, high-performance gaming computers for gamers everywhere. Today, as Alienware prepares to celebrate our milestone 25th anniversary, we are excited to pull back the curtain on another achievement..."

Dell News, October 15th, 2021
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Dell Technologies Edge Advancements Extend It Beyond The Data Center
Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads
Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) announces edge innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organizations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud-from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

'The edge is technology's next great frontier, and it's all around us, everywhere from retail to manufacturing, smart cities and hospitals,' said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer, Dell Technologies. 'At Dell, we're innovating simple solutions, so organizations can analyze data closer to where it's created, make faster decisions, improve outcomes and drive progress.'

Dell News, October 13th, 2021
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Dell Technologies Telecom Software And Solutions Speed 5G And Open Ran Innovation
Dell Technologies Bare Metal Orchestrator software gives communication service providers an agile and cost-effective way to deploy and operate their open network infrastructure across diverse geographies
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) introduces new telecom software, solutions and services to help communications service providers (CSPs) accelerate their open, cloud-native network deployments and create new revenue opportunities at the edge.

To support the massive growth of data expected from 5G applications and services, CSPs are moving compute infrastructure to the edge and looking to integrate a broad ecosystem of software vendors to capture new revenue opportunities. New technologies like Open RAN (ORAN) are giving CSPs a broader set of options for deploying network infrastructure to support future growth. However, this trend is leading to a large, geographically distributed, open compute deployment that can be difficult to deploy and manage.

Dell News, October 13th, 2021
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IT News - ERP
Are ERP-Centric Enterprises Being Left Behind?
Many large enterprise companies are rife with departments that depend on customized ERP software applications
Vaidya Aiyer writes in, "These systems accommodate vital business tasks ranging from inventory management to ordering capabilities to accounting programs to CRM platforms-all of which were custom-built to fit the enterprise's specific needs and meet the KPIs of each unique organization. These applications tend to sustain grades, patches and reworks, sometimes resulting in multiple redesigns over the course of decades, and these often are not properly documented. To make matters worse, these ERP software systems also tend to be written in outdated programming languages such as ABAP for SAP and PL/SQL for Oracle, making them a challenge to update...", October 6th, 2021
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Top ERP Systems Need Ability To Deliver As Well As Tech
Panorama Consulting Group's '2022 Top 10 ERP Systems' report focuses on function set, technology, usability and ability to deliver on implementation, support and services
Jim O'Donnell writes in SearchERP, "The top ERP systems are characterized by usability and functional reach, according to the "2022 Top 10 ERP Systems" report from Panorama Consulting Group.

The Denver-based firm, which provides ERP selection services, compiles a list of the top 10 ERP systems annually. Compared to previous years, Panorama's list of the best-rated vendors has seen little change, although Epicor, a vendor customarily present on the list, did not make the cut for 2022..."

SearchERP, October 8th, 2021
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IT News - HR
IT Hiring's Big Miss: How To Hire For Aptitude
If you're struggling to fill key IT roles, consider who you're missing - and shift your recruitment strategy to focus more on aptitude. Use this expert advice to broaden your talent pool
Julie McPherson, Haluk Saker write in The Enterprisers Project, "On the surface, it's easy to see IT hiring difficulties as a symptom of the pandemic. 2020 alone was an exercise in roller-coaster talent economics, and some recent reports indicate that hiring is slowing as fears of rising case numbers swell.

But to place the blame solely at the feet of the pandemic belies the fact that there's been a consistent widespread need for exceptional IT talent for years. As recently as 2019 organizations struggled to find the right people for their IT positions.

At issue is the hiring process itself. Understandably, many recruitment efforts have emphasized technical experience over soft skills, which are harder to measure but by no means less important. By narrowing their focus, potential employers have limited their talent pool and left no room for less traditional, more diverse applicants. What's missing, it seems, is a focus on aptitude - the unstated skillset that breeds innovation and drives new ways of thinking..."

The Enterprisers Project, October 7th, 2021
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Tips For Managing Remote Teams: 3 Secrets To Success
It's no secret that the world has changed over the course of the pandemic, including the ways we work.
"More and more employers are switching to at least a hybrid remote work setup, " writes Haiden Hibbert in Business 2 Community, "and while there are many benefits to this, you might face some new challenges when managing remote teams. Even if you're a seasoned remote team manager, it's always good to brush up and see where you can up your game. Here are some helpful tips to do just that..."
Business 2 Community, October 7th, 2021
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Legacy HR Technology Is Impacting Employee Productivity
The companies that are slow to digital transformation for their HR tech, are already falling behind competitors
Tony De Graaf writes in ITProPortal, "According to a recent report by Forrester, 90 percent of HR workers are losing up to four hours a week on admin and management tasks due to outdated technology. Despite the shift in the industry to remote working and recruiting therefore driving digital transformation, over 90 percent of organizations aren't maximizing their investment in HR tech. In fact, over 75 percent of organizations admitted the need to update their HR tech in the coming months..."
ITProPortal, October 7th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
6 Data Center Trends To Watch
Power failures remain the leading cause of major data-center outages, according to Uptime Institute's annual survey
"Data-center owners and operators face increasing complexity and operational challenges as they look to improve IT resiliency, build out capacity at the edge, and retain skilled staff in a tight labor market," writes Ann Bednarz in Networkworld.

"Meanwhile, use of the public cloud for mission-critical workloads is up, according to Uptime Institute, even as many enterprises seek greater transparency into cloud providers' operations..."

Networkworld, October 4th, 2021
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Best IT Management Tools 2021
Manage better your IT assets
"The best IT management tools make the process of managing IT systems simpler and easier, from customer support to diagnostics," writes Ritoban Mukherjee in ITProPortal.

"This is especially important, as running an organization involves keeping track of a wide variety of assets, both hardware and software. For a very long time, this task was handled by maintaining manual logs on a company spreadsheet. Now, it's done using dedicated software managed by the IT department..."

ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
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IT And Security Professionals Find Patching Complex, Cumbersome And Time-Consuming
It's well-known that many cyberattacks take advantage of vulnerabilities in software that has not been updated, but in 2021, why are companies often slack in installing patches?
"A new report from Ivanti Inc. may provide answers to that question," suggests Duncan Riley in siliconeANGLE. "The company surveyed information technology and security professionals and found that 71% consider patching overly complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

In the age of COVID-19 and shift to remote work, 57% of respondents said remote work had increased the complexity and scale of patch management. That shift, with employees connecting with various devices to access corporate networks, data and services as they work and collaborate from new and different locations, is said to have made patching harder than ever..."

siliconeANGLE, October 7th, 2021
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IT News - HPC
Bringing Supercomputing Technologies To Every Industry At Any Scale
Data is everywhere. In order to get to actionable insights faster, your IT infrastructure needs to quickly process that data and act on it
"Today's organizations are looking for more effective ways to deploy data-intensive workloads quickly and securely-with optimal time to value. The answer? Supercomputing technologies.

Today's supercomputing technologies are no longer just built into giant systems. Your organization can utilize the same components of a supercomputing system but on a smaller scale-at your scale..." - HPCWire

HPCWire, October 4th, 2021
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IT News - DR
The Business Continuity Plan Of The Future
What information should the business continuity plan of the future contain? Nick Simms considers how business continuity plans need to change in the light of COVID-19 and the widespread ability to work from home.
Nick Simms writes in Continuity Central, "The business continuity plan of the past was usually predicated on the loss of the building and that only a certain percentage of the staff - usually 20-25 percent of the total - could be accommodated at a recovery site. The remaining 75-80 percent of staff were usually told to go home and wait for further instructions. The business continuity plan, therefore, tended to focus on who would go where and what their priorities and key tasks would be when they got there. Anything that was generic, such as muster points following an evacuation, would usually be contained in a crisis management plan or on a wallet card given to all staff..."
Continuity Central, October 7th, 2021
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IT News - Networks
Best Network Monitoring Tools Of 2021
Remote monitoring and management software
"The best network monitoring tools make it simpler and easier to manage all aspects of remote monitoring of your IT infrastructure," writes Brian Turner and Will Dalton in ITProPortal.

"This is important because IT is now at the heart of any given business, and applies to every department, every section, and every employee. Yet the larger the business, the more difficult it can be to monitor and maintain the network infrastructure, and keep it monitored for security threats..."

ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
IT Careers: 5 Ways To Get Out Of A Rut
Feeling stuck in your IT job? Consider this advice to improve your outlook and move your IT career forward
"IT career ruts happen for many reasons," warns Sampa David Sampa in The Enterprisers Project. "If you're feeling stuck, it may have to do with your workplace culture, or with the person you see in the mirror every day. Routine work can lead to boredom. At the same time, workplace pressures may create a sense of fear, so performing tasks is no longer enjoyable and rewarding as survival instincts take over and the fear of losing a job outweighs everything else.

The combination of fear and boredom often leads to a feeling of inertia in your career. You might find it difficult to take on new challenges due to a fear of coming up short..."

The Enterprisers Project, October 6th, 2021
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IT News - Compliance
How To Create A Data Retention Policy
Data is one of, if not the most valuable resource in today's world. Keeping this data safe from hackers or misuse is crucial
"Due to the high volume of data that companies capture and retain," writes Lansford Roberts in CIOinsight, "and taking into consideration the amount of laws and regulations that have a primary focus to safeguard that data - it's critical to develop and deploy a robust data retention policy that will improve your business and meet archival regulations imposed by law.

Let's take a look at what exactly data retention is, how it is composed, and some guidance on how to develop your data retention policy..."

CIOinsight, October 8th, 2021
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IT News - Email
4 Steps To Protect The C-Suite From Business Email Compromise Attacks
Preventing top executives from becoming BEC victims requires a different approach. Putting the risk in business terms is key
"The damage from executive email account takeovers can run into millions of dollars, as recent examples show," writes Rosalyn Page in CSO Online.

"In 2019, Toyota Boshoku Corporation lost $37 million after the information in a payment direction from a third-party was changed, sending millions to the fraudsters. The recent SolarWinds attack was bad enough, and now Nobelium, the group responsible, has since launched a campaign of email attacks appearing to originate from USAID after its Constant Contact email account was compromised..."

CSO Online, October 4th, 2021
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