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IT News - CxO
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3 Takeaways From 2020 For CISOs To Guide This Year's Strategy
In a threat environment that mixes old and new tricks, CISOs must create a strategy that can address them all.
"Last year cast a shockingly bright spotlight on cybersecurity with the risks that surfaced due to the rise of remote work. The year was capped off by one of the most significant supply chain hacks. This incident, coupled with the onslaught of ransomware and other cyberattacks in 2020, provides an opportunity for some deep insight into where the focus of cybersecurity efforts needs to be in order to prepare for the future..." - CISO MAG
CISO MAG, May 20th, 2021
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5 Ways To Help Teams Step Outside Their Comfort Zone: Colorado CIO Of The Year Winners
How can you encourage teams to take risks and embrace change? Listen to what these top CIOs have to say
"Once you're wrapped in a warm blanket of security and familiarity, it can be challenging to pull back the covers and step into the crisp air of change," writes Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"But there can be big benefits for expanding your comfort zone, especially when you work in IT where change is constant.

We caught up with CIOs who recently won the 2021 Colorado CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to learn how they're encouraging their teams to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The awards were presented by the Colorado CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."

The Enterprisers Project, May 17th, 2021
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What Lessons Can CIOs Learn From The Colonial Pipeline Hack?
The news angles and repercussions of the Colonial Pipeline hack just keep multiplying. It's a story that serves to emphasize that a data breach bringing down a database or website is one thing - but crashing key infrastructure is quite another
"No ransomware attack has captured the imagination of the public like the Colonial Pipeline debacle," opines Drew Robb in CIOinsight.

"Millions paid in ransom, long lines at gas stations, soaring prices, federal government dallying, even a public explanation from CEO Joseph Blount as to why the company paid the ransom - this one has so many avenues to explore.

Investigators are delving into the exact causes. Whatever the specifics in the Colonial Pipeline hack, the contributing factors are unlikely to fall outside of these familiar vulnerabilities, each of which CIOs need to pay close attention to..."

CIOinsight, May 20th, 2021
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Making The Leap From IT Expert To IT Leader
Transitioning to an IT leadership role takes new skills, self-awareness, and an eye for the business value of tech as you become a key point-person for business-IT collaboration.
Sarah K. White writes in CIO, "The leap to leadership is a big one - especially in IT. That's because the transition from IT expert to IT leader requires a significant shift in skills and a new mindset about the role technology plays in the business.

In becoming an IT leader, your technical knowledge still matters, but you'll also need to develop a deeper understanding of the business side of the organization - and acquire the skills necessary to collaborate directly with other, non-technical leaders in the organization..."

CIO, May 20th, 2021
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5 Questions Every CISO Should Ask Before Moving Company
Companies are in a war for the best CISO talent. It's no surprise that finding individuals with all the skill sets (technical, managerial, and leadership) in equal measure is a major challenge
"The role of a Chief Information Security Officer is a much-coveted position that blends extensive technical know-how, managerial excellence, and strong leadership skills. It's no surprise that finding individuals with all of these skill sets in equal measure is a major challenge. Companies are in a war for the best CISO talent, meaning candidates are likely faced with multiple offers at any one time.

With this in mind, here are the five questions every CISO should ask before moving company..." - CISO MAG

CISO MAG, May 19th, 2021
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Can You Depend On Your Cyber Insurance?
You've got cyber insurance in case the worst happens. But what does your policy cover and what will it not pay out for? Your worst-case scenario might be worse than you think.
Dave McKay writes in CloudSavvy IT, "Cyber liability insurance is a specific form of insurance that covers financial losses that arise from cyberincidents. Typically these are cyberattacks and data breaches. As with all insurance policies, you'll harbor two hopes. One is you never have to use it. The second is that if you do need to make a claim the insurance company accepts your claim and pay out.

There's a lot you can do to make your organization as safe as possible. However, there's always a risk that a new vulnerability is discovered and exploited by threat actors before it is identified by the manufacturer and a patch issued to address that vulnerability. This is one form of zero-day vulnerability..."

CloudSavvy IT, May 20th, 2021
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CISOs: Missing An Opportunity To Partner With Your CDO?
CISOs can tap into the CDOs data knowledge and governance skills, while CDOs can tap into the CISO's knowledge of internal and external threats.
"Recently," writes Myles Suer in eWeek "I was talking with a major analyst firm about data and security. The name of the firm will not be mentioned to protect the not-so-innocent. During this call, I was amazed to learn that most CISOs remain focused - even with their increasing board level visibility - on protecting their enterprises from outside intrusion or compromise, but not on protecting their enterprise's most valuable asset - data - from threats internal and external..."
eWeek, May 18th, 2021
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IT News - Security
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CMMC Is Not As Scary As You Think
Many federal contractors are nervous about the U.S. Department of Defense's new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
Jim Delorenzo reports in Security Boulevard, "According to the U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)):

'DoD is migrating to the new CMMC framework in order to assess and enhance the cybersecurity posture of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector. The CMMC is intended to serve as a verification mechanism to ensure that DIB companies implement appropriate cybersecurity practices and processes to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within their unclassified networks.'

And yes, that means that if contractors are not certified at the proper level, they will be unable to bid on federal contracts..."

Security Boulevard, May 20th, 2021
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10 Legal Questions You Should Be Asking About Ransomware
Ransomware attacks have become so popular amongst cyberattackers that it has become its industry with shrink-wrapped and Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) options made widely available for sale on the dark web.
"Data extortion through cyber means is an insidious threat that thousands of companies throughout the world experience firsthand. For many bad actors, it is the attack of choice owing to its ease of execution, low risk of detection, and huge financial upside. According to Coveware Inc., the average ransom payment ($111,605) has increased by 33% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020. Companies big and small have suffered from ransomware attacks leaving them with an unimaginable business interruption..." - CISO MAG
CISO MAG, May 21st, 2021
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Defend Against Insider Threats From Remote Workers
The dramatic increase in telework and the transition to cloud-based applications means more people are working from remote locations on personal and company-provided devices
Renee Tarun writes in CSO Online, "Security and IT teams have adjusted their strategies to contend with these changes, but one area that is often underestimated is the potential impact of insider threats. Remote work isn't likely to go away any time soon. In fact, 54% of employed adults who say that their job responsibilities can mostly be done from home say that they want to work from home all or most of the time when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Businesses face significant risks from insider threats, but damage from insider sources can be difficult to track down because these threats cover such a wide range of behaviors and motives. It's even more difficult when employees aren't on site. Threats might come from a disgruntled staffer who wants to disrupt operations, an employee who sells customer data to get some extra cash, or a careless co-worker who ignores a company policy..."

CSO Online, May 19th, 2021
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Infosec Experts: Threat Landscape Is Worst In 60 Years
Between an increasing sophistication seen in nation-state groups and a rise in ransomware that's affecting everyone, the threat landscape may be reaching a historic peak
"Ransomware is now a bigger threat to global security than nation-state campaigns, two infosec experts divulged during an RSA keynote Thursday," reports Arielle Waldman in SearchSecurity.

"Dmitri Alperovitch, chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, and Sandra Joyce, executive vice president and head of global intelligence at FireEye, led a discussion on the current global threat landscape, and ransomware attacks topped the list. While nation-state groups instill fear by taking advantage of the global pandemic or targeting things like critical infrastructures, and new trends like DNS hijacking are returning, they said ransomware is affecting everyone. The risk has only advanced over the years, as ransomware gangs turn to extortion and double extortion tactics. During the keynote, Alperovitch and Joyce revealed that the next step in ransomware's evolution may be far more dangerous..."

SearchSecurity, May 20th, 2021
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5 Dangerous Beliefs Companies Hold About Cybercrime
Just as the world seems to finally be recovering and re-opening, a cyber pandemic is looming large on the horizon
"Bad actors continue an unrelenting cyber assault that the pandemic did nothing to diminish," writes Melody Kaufmann in Security Boulevard.

"In fact, cybercrime has been on the rise. Open-source software supply chain attacks have surged by 430% in the past year, cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have risen by 45% since November 2020, and credential theft accounts for about 56% of attacks organizations experience. Companies like Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds, and Experian keep showing up in the headlines because organizations still refuse to read the writing that has been on the proverbial wall for over a decade..."

Security Boulevard, May 19th, 2021
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User Behavior Analytics: What It Is And How It Advances Digital Security
Organizations are struggling to pinpoint threats that come from real user accounts
"Take insider threats, as an example," suggests David Bisson in Security Intelligence.

"In a 2020 report, 68% of IT and security experts felt their employers were somewhat or very at risk to insider attacks. Over half (53%) said it had become at least somewhat harder to detect an insider attack after migrating to the cloud. About the same proportion admitted that it was more difficult to detect insider threats than external attacks. When asked why, 59% said it was because insiders already had credential access to the network and services. User behavior analytics (UBA) presents one way to solve these problems..."

Security Intelligence, May 19th, 2021
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Cybersecurity Training: Raising Awareness And Securing Your Business
Organizations are increasingly faced with threats from sophisticated criminal organizations and nation-state actors
"To mitigate the risks posed by cyber criminals, organizations must secure and protect their proprietary and sensitive information. They must also commit to training their employees to do their part to protect proprietary and sensitive information. Cybersecurity awareness and training programs educate employees about cybersecurity threats, risks and best practices as well as how to navigate the ever-changing and evolving threat landscape..."
Tripwire, May 17th, 2021
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Why Anti-Phishing Training Isn't Enough
Not only is relying on employees' awareness insufficient to prevent sophisticated social engineering attacks, some training methods can create other problems
Aviv Grafi writes in Dark Reading, "It's time we take a hard look at why we rely so much on end users to catch phishing scams that can jeopardize an entire company. As hackers continue to advance their social engineering techniques, phishing attacks are becoming harder to detect and are missed 39% of the time. While you might think your anti-phishing training program is up to date, your organization will continue to be at risk as long as email is necessary for business operations.

Because we all engage with email daily, we have a degree of blind trust despite continuous, sophisticated anti-phishing training. On many occasions, hackers scheme to elicit emotional responses from their target - for example, by sending urgent messages "from" human resources or the CEO. These are more likely to result in improper downloads or email responses that can damage the entire organization..."

Dark Reading, May 18th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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Seagate May Have Just Unveiled The World's Fastest HDD
Seagate's Exos 2X14 HDD can deliver a sustained transfer rate of 524MB/s
"Seagate has finally disclosed the official specs of its first dual-actuator hard disk drive (HDD) the Mach.2 Exos 2X14 and listed it on its website," reports Anthony Spadafora in techradar.pro.

"Although SSDs have now become the standard for business laptops and workstations, HDDs still have a place in data centers due to their ability to store large amounts of data relatively cheaply. However, Seagate's Mach.2 multi-actuator technology aims to speed up the rate at which HDDs can transfer data without sacrificing their storage capacity..."

techradar.pro, May 22nd, 2021
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12 Ways To Manage Your Data Storage Strategy
Data storage systems were never easy to manage, and with spiraling capacities it's gotten even harder. Try these 12 techs and practices to help ease the storage management burden
"Businesses run on data," opines Rich Castagna in SearchStorage. "With more data collection sources and opportunities than ever, coupled with advanced analytics that turn raw data into useful, actionable information in real time, protecting data storage resources is more critical than ever.

Data must be easy to access but stored in a secure enough manner to protect it from malicious attacks, machine failures or human errors that could jeopardize its integrity. Under any circumstances, those requisites might be tough to satisfy, but given the deluge of data that most companies must contend with, the job might seem insurmountable..."

SearchStorage, May 17th, 2021
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Lenovo News
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Beyond The Numbers: Lenovo Retail Solutions
Lenovo announced its Q4 and fiscal year financial results. As we reflect on the past year, and look to the year ahead, services, software, and solutions are more important than ever in driving Lenovo's vision to create a smarter future.
"That's why on April 1st, 2021, Lenovo brought together services and solutions teams and capabilities from across the company to form a dedicated organization - the new Solutions & Services Group (SSG). This business group will further strengthen our attached services portfolio and increase attach rates, enhance and expand managed services, and develop repeatable solutions in key vertical industries.

Learn more from Ken Wong, SVP & President of Lenovo's Solutions and Services Group, as he talks about the new SSG business group and Lenovo's Retail Solutions..."

Lenovo News, May 27th, 2021
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Lenovo Delivers Record Fourth Quarter Results And New Fiscal Year Milestone - Surges Past US$60 Billion Revenue Mark, With Record Annual Profits
Lenovo Group announced record results for the Group for both its fourth quarter and fiscal year, with phenomenal growth across all parts of the business
"The results demonstrate the Group's resilience and ability to achieve balanced, consistent, and sustainable growth as it continues to diversify and transform in line with its 3S (Smart IoT, Smart Infrastructure, Smart Solutions) corporate strategy.

Fourth quarter Group revenue grew at 48% year-to-year to US$15.6 billion. Profit recorded its highest growth rate in two years - with pre-tax income of US$380 million and net income of US$260 million - up 392% and 512% respectively. The Q4 results closed out a record year, with annual Group revenue surging past US$60 billion, adding more than US$10 billion on the previous fiscal year. Profit grew even faster, with pre-tax income of almost US$1.8 billion and net income of US$1.2 billion - both up more than 70% year-on-year..."

Lenovo News, May 27th, 2021
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Lenovo's Leaders Reflect On An Unprecedented Year And Driving A Service-Led Future
We sat down with our business group* leaders to dive deeper into their business performance highlights, hear about the lessons they learned while facing the unique challenges of the last year and the opportunities they see in the year ahead
Gianfrano Lanci: "I'm incredibly proud of the entire IDG team for their remarkable resilience and optimism during a challenging time for all last year. Through a relentless commitment to putting customers and communities first, IDG achieved a record high revenue, growing 20 percent year-on-year last fiscal year.

We had our best fourth quarter ever for IDG's PCs and Smart Devices business, up 46 percent year-on-year and profitability at an all-time high at 6.7 percent. In fact, every single one of our geographies achieved high double-digit growth in PCs and Smart Devices revenue and PC volume outgrew the market to further reinforce Lenovo's position as the world's #1 PC company..."

Lenovo News, May 27th, 2021
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IT News - AI
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Artificial Intelligence (AI): How To Plan A Pilot Project
Artificial intelligence can be transformational, but many organizations struggle with where to begin. Consider four tips to choose an AI pilot project
David Talby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents an opportunity for businesses in nearly every industry to evolve and improve business operations. The numbers speak for themselves: Data from Fortune Business Insights shows that the AI market size was valued at $27 billion in 2019 - a figure projected to reach $267 billion by 2027. It's no wonder enterprises are grappling to get involved in what is likely the most prolific technology of our time.

But implementing an AI strategy is challenging, especially for legacy organizations and those who simply don't know where to begin..."

The Enterprisers Project, May 20th, 2021
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Easing Machine Learning For Developers, Google's Vertex AI Managed ML Platform Now Available
Google Cloud has been busy over the last few years building a wide range of AI and machine learning tools for developers to help them find real-world uses for AI and ML within their enterprises
Todd R. Weiss opines in EnterpriseAI, "But as the tools proliferated, the AI and ML workflows, modeling, experimentation and more began getting complicated. Something was needed to make sense of the mess.

With just such a fix in mind, Google Cloud has unveiled its new Vertex AI managed ML platform, which is designed to streamline and accelerate ML modeling and maintenance to help overwhelmed enterprises get a better handle of their ML and AI initiatives. The platform is now generally available..."

EnterpriseAI, May 19th, 2021
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AI Of Autonomous Cars Finding Its Way Into Conventional Cars, A Big Crossover
There's an old proverb that dates back to at least the year 1670 and declares that sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander
Lance Eliot writes in AI Trends, "A more modern and altogether familiar version is the assertion that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. That's a saying that we all know well. In today's world, this ostensibly suggests that something applicable in one instance is likely applicable in another (consult your favored online dictionary for further elaboration).

I often highlight cutting-edge technology bringing about AI-based true self-driving cars. I like to highlight foundational R&D work taking place in research labs that are focused on creating autonomous vehicles..."

AI Trends, May 20th, 2021
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Taking Inventory - Where Do We Stand With AI And ML In Cyber Security?
Before diving into cyber security and how the industry is using AI at this point, let's define the term AI first
Raffael Marty writes in Security Boulevard, "Artificial Intelligence (AI), as the term is used today, is the overarching concept covering machine learning (supervised, including Deep Learning, and unsupervised), as well as other algorithmic approaches that are more than just simple statistics. These other algorithms include the fields of natural language processing (NLP), natural language understanding (NLU), reinforcement learning, and knowledge representation. These are the most relevant approaches in cyber security.

Given this definition, how evolved are cyber security products when it comes to using AI and ML?..."

Security Boulevard, May 20th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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Ampere Altra Max 128-Core Server Processor Available As Company Lays Out 5 nm Roadmap
The 5nm process Ampere chips will debut in 2022 with a follow up in 2023.
"Ampere said its Altra Max 128-core server processor is now available, and the company outlined its roadmap for its next-generation chips," writes Larry Dignan in Zdnet.

"The chipmaker, which makes Arm-based server processors for hyperscale cloud deployments, also said its next-gen products will use cores developed by the company. The 5nm process Ampere chips will debut in 2022 with a follow up in 2023..."

Zdnet, May 19th, 2021
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HP News
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HP Inc. Reports Fiscal 2021 Second Quarter Results
HP Inc. and its subsidiaries ('HP') announced fiscal 2021 second quarter net revenue of $15.9 billion, up 27.3% (up 25.4% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.
Second quarter GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.98, up from $0.53 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.82 to $0.88. Second quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.93, up from $0.51 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.84 to $0.90. Second quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $70 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related (credits)/charges, and tax adjustments.

'We delivered another strong quarter, with double-digit top and bottom line growth. HP technology is increasingly at the heart of hybrid work and we are benefitting from exceptional demand for our products and services,' said Enrique Lores, HP Inc. President and CEO. 'Our performance and our positive outlook for the full year reflect the relevance of our innovation, the resilience of our business model, and the operational excellence of our teams.'

HP News, May 27th, 2021
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Microsoft News
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Azure Applied AI Services Accelerate AI Solution Development To Help Businesses Soar
At any given moment, turnaround coordinators for German airline Lufthansa CityLine have their eyes glued to monitors displaying more than half a dozen video feeds of airplanes parked at gates around the airport
The coordinators' job is to ensure that the planes are unloaded, refueled, cleaned, restocked and reloaded so that every passenger reaches their destination safely, on time and with their luggage.

Minutes lost here or there in the turnaround process can add up, costing airlines millions of dollars a year. As many in the industry note, airplanes only make money while in the air.

'Think of a pitstop in a car race, and this is pretty much the same that happens in a turnaround for an aircraft,' said Philipp Grindemann, head of business development and project management for Lufthansa CityLine. 'All the processes need to be on time, need to be fast, need to be lean.'

Microsoft News, May 25th, 2021
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From Conversation To Code: Microsoft Introduces Its First Product Features Powered By GPT-3
At its Build developers conference, Microsoft unveiled its first features in a customer product powered by GPT-3, the powerful natural language model developed by OpenAI, which will help users build apps without needing to know how to write computer code or formulas
"GPT-3 will be integrated in Microsoft Power Apps, the low code app development platform that helps everyone from people with little or no coding experience - so-called 'citizen developers' - to professional developers with deep programming expertise build applications to improve business productivity or processes. This includes apps to review non-profit gift donations, manage travel during COVID-19 or reduce overtime required to maintain wind turbines..."
Microsoft News, May 25th, 2021
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Microsoft 'Loves' Developers: Welcome To Build 2021
This past year has been unlike any other, and developers have been critical to helping businesses in every industry and people everywhere respond and adapt to the challenges of a global pandemic. Developers have never been more important to the world - and it is increasingly clear that they are the next generation of digital creators
"As a company built by developers and for developers, our goal at Microsoft is to provide them with the agility to address the real-world needs of their customers. Developers and their teams need best-in-class tools and services that help them reduce the time it takes to go from an idea to value. Our ambition is to be the platform for platform creators and empower developers to build what comes next.

Microsoft has the richest developer tools in the world with the Visual Studio family, GitHub, and .NET. The Microsoft Cloud includes offerings such as Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, as well as our end-to-end security, identity and access management solutions. With the Microsoft Cloud, we have an incredibly comprehensive platform that developers can use to build apps and solutions to reach any person on the planet. We build products with developers in mind, which enables us to partner with our customers in their journey to support and accelerate developer velocity..."

Microsoft News, May 25th, 2021
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Powering Critical Infrastructure With Microsoft Cloud Technology
Last week, the government of France announced a trusted cloud doctrine that includes a cloud-first policy to enhance the protection and sovereignty of its critical infrastructure and public sector workloads
"To support this important initiative, today, Orange and Capgemini announced they intend to establish a new company, 'Bleu,' that will deliver a Microsoft-powered cloud and modern productivity solutions (Azure and Microsoft 365) for public sector and critical infrastructure organizations, with the support of the French state. Together with Capgemini and Orange, we're humbled to support France in its efforts to realize benefits from the digital transformation of its most mission-critical national operations, foster the development of a local business ecosystem and emerge stronger in a post-pandemic future.

This announcement is the most recent example of nations around the world relying on Microsoft cloud technology to improve services to residents and business communities, while innovating faster, increasing efficiency and getting world-class security. Critical industries, along with local and national governments, are using the Microsoft cloud today to accelerate their digital transformation with confidence in a consistent hybrid environment designed for flexibility and scale, with protection and compliance..."

Microsoft News, May 26th, 2021
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Born Digital Poised To Deliver Substantial Economic Gains - But They'll Need Some Help
Latest Citrix research shows young workers can drive an extra $1.9 trillion in corporate profits if given support to adapt to new realities of work
"Today's young employees are the engines of the knowledge economy and tomorrow's business leaders. And according to The Born Digital Effect, the latest research from Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), they're primed to deliver an extra $1.9 trillion in corporate profits. But they'll need some help to pull it off.

Made up of Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) and Generation Z (born after 1997) workers, the Born Digital are the first generation to grow up in an entirely digital world, and now account for most of the global workforce..."

Citrix News, May 25th, 2021
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Building A New, Better, And More Collaborative Future Of Work Post-Pandemic
With hindsight, it's easy to look back and see how our workplaces and cultures could have been better prepared for a year like 2020
Our digital infrastructures weren't as strong and dynamic as we hoped, our work cultures and skills weren't as ready for new ways of working as we needed, and our digital applications were simply designed for a different era and different needs. But hindsight only provides perspective on what could have been better. It doesn't necessarily create a map for the future to anticipate twists and turns, especially in today's disruptive times.

The reality today is that organizations still must take stock and prepare for a new future of work. One where large-scale change - created by an exponential continuum of global tech innovation along with recent systemically disruptive events - is a regular fixture. Research has shown that deeply interconnected systems, which our human world of pervasive transportation systems and digital networks has now become, are highly effective at rapidly propagating and amplifying disruptive events. Yet undeniably, there is also great value in our global supply chains and widely available digital knowledge, among the many attendant benefits of technology. In the end, it's a double-edged sword. As with all technology, there are both benefits and opportunity costs.

Citrix News, May 27th, 2021
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Chart Your Cloud Journey With New Citrix Education Courses
Moving to the cloud can be a major change for your organization, and particularly your IT team.
"We know you are looking for guidance and knowledge to streamline your transition to cloud services.

One valuable tool is a proven project roadmap. Another is a series of cloud training courses that follow that roadmap.

Citrix offers both..."

Citrix News, May 25th, 2021
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What's New And Next With Citrix Virtual Apps And Desktops: Q&A Edition
At the end of March, we delivered our What's new and next with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops webinar update for the first quarter of 2021
"Thanks to everyone who attended. For those who missed it (or who would like to view it again), the recording is available on demand.

During the webinar, we discussed recent feature additions and improvements across our on-premises and cloud releases and gave an update on our upcoming Long-Term Service Release (LTSR).

We received a lot of great questions from our audience during the sessions, many around Service Continuity, an exciting new feature that is approaching general availability. Service Continuity helps to ensure virtual apps and desktops are still accessible in the event of a network disruption. Here's a recap of key topics from the webinar and the Q&A..."

Citrix News, May 25th, 2021
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Why Collaborative Work Management Has Become A Top CIO Priority For 2021
When the world shifted to remote work overnight, partners and IT leaders had to scramble to keep businesses functioning
"Citrix Partners led the charge, helping to roll out remote work tools to help customers and their employees meet the challenge. Thank you, Citrix Partners! You were instrumental in keeping hundreds of thousands of employees connected while shifting to remote work!

The downside of this abrupt shift to remote work is that it magnified complexity, exposed bad process, and highlighted policy and program gaps. Unnecessary steps or inefficient processes that were tolerated when everyone was sitting next to each other in the office became barriers to efficiency..."

Citrix News, May 25th, 2021
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Nutanix News
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Application Mobility Across Cloud Is No Longer A Pipedream:
If you are a cloud engineer or hold any IT practitioner role, this scenario may be very familiar to you. In this blog series, we will focus on a day-to-day situation that you may go through within your IT function and demonstrate how Nutanix may be able to solve these situations with our hybrid and multicloud solutions. This is the first of a series of 5 blogs. Let's talk about application mobility from on-prem to cloud environments today!
"When your boss says 'we are going to be a cloud-first company,' a few common questions come to mind: 'how quickly do we need to get to the cloud?'and "are there any budget constraints?" But you know the answers are going to be "NOW, if not yesterday," and "keep the cost to a minimum."

So we worked hard. We ran hundreds of applications in our private cloud to ensure data security in our on-prem environment and build automation policies to deliver IT needs in a timely fashion. As time goes on, we encounter some upswings and downswings in utilization. We begin to anticipate them and scale up in advance, then draw down afterward. Shutting down some VMs and storage wasn't that hard, but drawing down full servers was very costly. Once purchased, they were there to stay in our datacenter for good..."

Nutanix News, May 25th, 2021
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Nutanix Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results
Continues Momentum with Run-rate ACV up 28% YoY, Bolstered by Over 100% YoY Growth in Emerging Product New ACV
Nutanix announced financial results for its second quarter ended January 31, 2021.

'We delivered a strong quarter across the board, exceeding guidance on all metrics and continuing our momentum with key customer wins and solid execution,' said Rajiv Ramaswami, President and CEO of Nutanix. 'In my first two months as CEO of Nutanix, my conviction that we have a talented employee base, loyal customers who love the simplicity of our software, and a strong market opportunity ahead of us has only been reinforced.'

'We delivered record ACV billings with growth of 14 percent year-over-year, bolstered by the strength of our emerging products,' said Duston Williams, CFO of Nutanix. 'We continued to make progress on our transition to subscription and maintained our disciplined approach to managing operating expenses, which were lower than expected this quarter. We look forward to continuing to execute on our transformation and are confident Nutanix is well positioned for long-term value creation.'

Nutanix News, May 25th, 2021
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HPE News
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HPEFS Is Bringing Offers To Businesses Of All Sizes As We Enter A Wave Of Recovery
In early 2020 in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, HPE Financial Services announced 2 billion dollars in financing and solutions for customers
"A year ago, when HPE Financial Services (HPEFS) announced 2 billion dollars in financing and solutions to help customers with their challenges, partners who had been contacted by the press had said that these were 'great tools to move companies forward with IT projects' at a moment when they 'evaluate the damage, figure out what they can and can't do.' Customers later concurred. Plymouth Tube's Michael Fluharty, Information Technology Manager said, 'With aging hardware and cost containment in full force, HPEFS saved the day by offering truly innovative payment options giving us the ability to deploy a much-needed new solution in the middle of a pandemic.'

Now, as the economy rebounds and GDP inches closer to pre-pandemic levels, companies need creative ways to boost their investment capacity for digital priorities in order to ride the wave of recovery, or else get left behind.&#8203;.."

HPE News, May 25th, 2021
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Dell News
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A Conversation With Visual Storyteller Drew Geraci
From the U.S. Navy to Netflix. #DellInsideCircle member Andrew 'Drew' Geraci is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer who has been in the industry for over 15 years
"Andrew 'Drew' Geraci is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer who has been in the industry for over 15 years. Passionate about visual storytelling and creating brilliantly colored and high impact HDR time-lapse productions, Drew founded District 7 Media as a second act following nearly a decade of service in the U.S. Navy as a Mass Communications Specialist.

As a #DellInsideCircle member, Dell Precision workstations and displays are crucial to bringing Drew's visual story-telling to life. I recently sat down with him to discuss the role of technology for creators..."

Dell News, May 24th, 2021
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Dell Technologies And VMware Announce Reference Architectures For Telco
Together, Dell Technologies and VMware can help you build and operate cloud-native, disaggregated networks while monetizing your investments through the creation and sale of new enterprise services
"One major way technology can drive human progress is through communication. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) should be empowered to use open and modern technologies that will not only drive revenue, but also increase innovation. And within the Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business, we are enabling just that.

Recently, at Dell Technologies World 2021, we announced the launch of the Dell Technologies Reference Architecture for VMware Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition 2.0 and the Dell Technologies Reference Architecture for VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN 1.0 (documentation to be released at a later date). These offerings are a great way to kick off any Telecom transformation journey and modernize your cloud. Our reference architectures enable you to focus on cloud-native technologies with agility and multi-layer automation. As Dell Technologies and VMware, we provide best-in-breed compute, networking and storage solutions for your 5G cloud-native network. Our solution brief also provides rich insight into these offers and why our partnership is ahead of its time. We're bringing you the platform and ecosystem to unlock significant value while mitigating risk..."

Dell News, May 27th, 2021
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Digital Transformation Helps Global SaaS Provider Achieve 300% Growth
Dell Technologies helps Trintech support a growing customer base with a modern, virtual infrastructure for Microsoft SQL Server
"Trintech is a rapidly growing financial software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider offering specialized accounting software that supports monthly, quarterly, and annual closings for large multinational companies. According to Matt Bertram, VP of Technology at Trintech, 'our partnership with Dell Technologies, incorporating both Dell EMC PowerEdge and VMware Cloud Foundation, helped Trintech grow revenue by 300%, triple the number of SaaS customers supported on this infrastructure and increased operational efficiencies by more than 350%.' In addition, Matt reports that Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes running on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers increased IOPS by about 700%, while saving the company approximately 300% on SQL Server licensing costs..."
Dell News, May 26th, 2021
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Future-Of-Work Solutions Power Dell Technologies' Record First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results
Record first quarter revenue of $24.5 billion, up 12%, driven by growth across Infrastructure Solutions, Client Solutions and VMware business units
Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) announces record financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter. Revenue was up 12% to $24.5 billion. The company generated operating income of $1.4 billion, a 96% increase over the same period in the prior year, and non-GAAP operating income of $2.7 billion, up 26%. Net income was $938 million, non-GAAP net income was $1.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA was $3.2 billion. Net cash from operating activities was $2.2 billion. Diluted earnings per share was $1.13, up 495% and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $2.13, up 59%.
Dell News, May 27th, 2021
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IT News - HR
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What Are CIOs Looking For In Current IT Grads?
Few industries are experiencing the growth and role diversification happening in computer and IT professions
Shelby Hiter writes in CIOinsitght, "IT roles, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, big data, and information security, are expected to grow by 531,200 jobs from 2019 to 2029, which bodes well for IT graduates entering the job market.

But in a booming IT job market, are IT graduates truly prepared for the work that they're heading toward? Do they possess both the technical and pragmatic skills to succeed when pitted against more experienced IT professionals? We connected with more than 50 CIOs and other IT leaders to learn more about what they're looking for in new hires. Here's what they had to say..."

CIOinsitght, May 19th, 2021
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'Tension' Emerges Between Employers, Employees On Hybrid Work Preferences
A different set of preferences is emerging between employers and their employees on how to continue work arrangements after the danger of the pandemic has passed, a survey released May 12 by employment law firm Littler has found
"While 4% of employers estimated that most employees prefer to come back full time for in-person work, 28% said they expected to require such an arrangement regardless," reports Emilie Shumway in HR Dive.

"Future workplace structure has been top of mind for employers as more employees become vaccinated against the coronavirus and the CDC updates its guidelines to clear fully vaccinated people to safely associate without social distancing or wearing a mask..."

HR Dive, May 20th, 2021
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4 Strategies For Retaining IT Talent
Author and career development expert Bev Kaye shares her best advice for inspiring, motivating, and keeping top performers
"Some are calling it the turnover tsunami," writes Dan Roberts in CIO, "One in four workers plans to quit their current jobs once the pandemic is over. That number jumps to one in three for Millennials and employees with children. As for the IT profession, a new survey by Blind, an anonymous social network popular with tech workers, found that almost half of their users (49%) plan to land a new position this year.

The headlines are attention-grabbing, but this has been a long time in the making. In fact, many companies were already dealing with high turnover before the pandemic. The past year may have delayed some employees' plans, but renewed confidence in the future has them looking ahead and considering their options. Now that organizations have adjusted to the idea of remote and hybrid workforces, top IT talent has more opportunities to choose from than ever before..."

CIO, May 20th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
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Do Private Data Centers Make Sense Anymore?
What becomes of private data centers as hybrid architecture continues to evolve and redefine the norm?
"Hybrid architectures have been a popular choice for enterprise organizations for years," writes Andrew Froehlich in Network Computing, "but a mainstay of such infrastructure might be facing its sunset.

While the rational for a split public/private infrastructure may still exist, the logic behind doing so is dwindling thanks to new service models offered through public cloud service providers (CSPs). Let's look at reasons why enterprises still choose to operate private data centers in 2021, the downside of going this route, and why new edge computing solutions may signal the end of the private data center..."

Network Computing, May 21st, 2021
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Data Center Threats: Turning Remote Access Into Money
Data centers are an appealing target for cybercriminals.
Giovanni Vigna blogs for vmware, VMware, "Even though they may be more difficult to compromise than the home computer of a kid playing Fortnite or the laptop of a sales representative connecting to a random wireless network, they can bring very large rewards: databases with millions of records containing financial and personal information, substantial computational resources that can be used to mine cryptocurrencies, and access to key assets that can be held for ransom..."
VMware, May 20th, 2021
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Dealing With Software IT Hasn't Approved - Shadow IT
This article will explore how organisations can deal with and leverage shadow IT, software that hasn't been approved by IT
"Shadow IT has become more common within companies in various industries," opines Aaron Hurst in Information Age, "mainly through remotely based employees deviating from tools provided by the IT department and looking for more agile alternatives. But while making use of new software and applications may lead to tasks being completed faster, shadow IT does coe with the risk of vulnerabilities. In this article, we explore how IT teams can deal with shadow IT, and mitigate security risks while continuing to maintain high performance..."
Information Age, May 20th, 2021
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Semiconductor Shortage Hurts Network Equipment Makers And Customers
Semiconductors are scarce, and so are many types of network gear. The wait for things to get back to normal may be a long one
"The global semiconductor shortage is forcing many tech manufacturers to slow or even halt production," writes John Edwards in Network Computing.

"Makers of PCs, servers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, vehicles, and industrial machines are all scrambling to find the chips they need to fulfill orders amid surging demand for their products. Network equipment manufacturers are also feeling the impact of the ongoing chip scarcity, and relief may still be months away.

Bill Wyckoff, vice president of hardware and advanced solutions at technology equipment provider SHI International, said he's seeing shipping delays afflicting a wide range of manufacturers. "Conservative production forecasts in response to the global uncertainty of 2020 didn't anticipate the sharp and surprising increase in demand from sectors like 5G infrastructure, automotive, mobile, cloud, and consumer products, creating a perfectly disconnected storm between supply and demand," he explained..."

Network Computing, May 20th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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How To Build A Cloud Security Observability Strategy
Security observability in the cloud involves more than workload monitoring. Read up on the essential observability components and tools needed to reap the security benefits
Dave Shackleford writes in SearchCloudSecurity, "Public cloud adoption is complicated. It typically requires a significant focus on threat detection and the retooling of workflows and playbooks for security event management, monitoring, detection and response.

Fortunately, a wide variety of third-party and cloud-native tools and services offer capabilities that enable effective cloud event collection, aggregation and analysis. Many organizations are considering the use of observability and security event orientation and decision-making in their cloud monitoring, detection and response strategies. The observability approach may aid in developing sound metrics and tracking to ensure security operations improve over time..."

SearchCloudSecurity, May 19th, 2021
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