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IT News - CxO
7 IT Metrics That Matter Most
As the number of IT metrics multiply, it's important to zero in on the key indicators that offer at-a-glance insights on essential enterprise functions
John Edwards writes in CIO, "Metrics are essential tools that help IT leaders focus their teams and resources on important core business areas, such as transformation and operations. Yet while highly useful, metrics can also be dangerous when improperly used. It's easy, for instance, to rely on the wrong metric to track a specific operation, a mistake that can lead to inaccurate or misleading results. Complicating things is the constant flow of new metrics, many of which have yet to prove their long-term value..."
CIO, September 2nd, 2021
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Digital Transformation Metrics: 5 Questions To Ask
How do you measure the success of digital transformation efforts? Ask these real-world questions when building digital transformation metrics
"Just about every company understands the importance of digital transformation in 2021," opines Andrew Butt in The Enterprisers Project. "From surging online consumer activity to the digital tools that can drastically improve communication, collaboration, and productivity, it's clear that the companies that fail to digitize their operations and services will be at a severe competitive disadvantage.

But for a company's digital transformation work to be deemed successful, you will need to assess several key performance indicators. An effective digital transformation isn't a box companies can check: It's an ongoing process that requires constant evaluation and adjustment..."

The Enterprisers Project, August 30th, 2021
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The CIO's Role In Maintaining A Strong Supply Chain
Supply chains are no longer focused wholly on just-in-time delivery and logistics any more than CIOs are focused entirely on help desks and printers
Jason Dury, Jack O'Meara write in CIO Dive, "The job of chief information officer is not for those that have trouble managing stress, time, or big issues. CIOs who take an enterprise-wide and business leadership view of their responsibilities have numerous, immensely important, wide-ranging, and both strategic and operationally detailed roles.

CIOs have to work in a collaborative way with other business and government leaders because there is inevitably overlap in key functional areas. And some of these areas, such as cybersecurity, are growing significantly..."

CIO Dive, August 30th, 2021
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CIO Think Tank: 5G In The Enterprise
How will IT harness the power and promise of 5G? In this roadmap report, dozens of IT leaders share use cases, challenges, and insights
"Last year," notes Derek Slater in CIO, "a sudden shift to remote work reinforced a vital concept that companies might have started taking for granted: Connectivity is the lifeblood of work. What role should 5G, the latest generation of wireless broadband, play in that connection?

That's the question explored in a series of virtual CIO Think Tank roundtables held in May and June 2021. Dozens of IT leaders took part in three panel discussions, identifying 5G's potential and hurdles for enterprise adoption, highlighting innovative possible use cases, and illuminating the kinds of partnerships needed for 5G technology and infrastructure..."

CIO, September 1st, 2021
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CXOTALK: Customer Experience, Ecommerce, and Digital Transformation at FTD
How does a 110-year old flower retailer, wholesaler, and delivery network transform itself with eCommerce? We hear from the CEO of FTD, Charlie Cole, to learn about customer engagement, CX strategy, eCommerce strategy, digital transformation, and business metrics at this iconic brand.
Charlie also explains the customer service and supply chain implications of running an eCommerce website selling perishable products like flowers.


  • About FTD and the flower business
  • Customer satisfaction and experience
  • Challenges to creating customer success and loyalty
  • Complexities of eCommerce
  • CEO priorities
  • Corporate culture and customer service
  • Building customer loyalty and employee trust
  • Using data in corporate operations

This transcript was lightly edited for length and clarity.

CXOTALK, August 30th, 2021
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3 Storytelling Lessons Learned: CIOs Share
Crafting a story that resonates and rallies a team takes patience, repetition, and reflection. Learn from winners of the Seattle CIO of the Year Awards
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Effective storytelling in IT can help leaders win buy-in for an idea, rally their teams to take on a tough project, and make work meaningful for people on the front lines. But getting everyone on board with your vision is rarely as simple as telling a single story. It takes patience, repetition, reflection, and practice to hone this valuable core skill.

We asked CIOs who recently won the 2021 Seattle CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards what storytelling victories from their career they are proud of. The awards were presented by the Seattle CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."

The Enterprisers Project, September 2nd, 2021
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Getting Ahead Of A Major Blind Spot For CISOs: Third-Party Risk
For many CISOs and security leaders, it was not long ago that their remit focused on the networks and digital ecosystems for their organization alone
"In today's digital world, those days are a thing of the past with a growing number of businesses relying on third-party vendors to scale, save time and outsource expertise in order to stay ahead. With this change, new security risks affiliated with third-party vendors are more prevalent than ever before.

Supply-chain attacks like SolarWinds making headlines and causing domino effects to organizations involved have made third-party security risk a topic that's present in boardrooms and SOCs alike. In fact, supply-chain attacks were reported as one of the top concerns of U.S. CISOs in 2021..."

HelpNet Security, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - Security
What Are The Cybersecurity Threats Every Board Needs To Be Aware Of Today?
As cybercrime becomes more prevalent what are the threats to watch out for
Pascal Geenens writes in ITProPortal, "In the last few months the cyber security community has witnessed the propagation of new organized hacktivist groups spurred on by the innovations used by nation-states. Pascal Geenens, director of threat intelligence at Radware, provides the low down.

In the second quarter of 2021, companies were fending off each month on average around 5000 malicious events. Compared to the second quarter of 2020, this represents a jump in blocked attacks of around 30 percent and an increase of more than 40 percent in average blocked volume. Companies based in America and Europe, Middle East and Africa had to defend against twice as much volume compared to Asia Pacific..."

ITProPortal, August 31st, 2021
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FBI And CISA Warn That Cybercriminals Don't Take Holidays
The FBI and CISA (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) have jointly issued an advisory to organisations, warning about an increase in the number of attacks coinciding with weekends and holidays.
Graham Cluley wrote in Security Boulevard "With the Labor Day weekend rapidly approaching, the agencies have reminded businesses to be especially vigilant, remain diligent about their network defences, and 'engage in preemptive threat hunting on their networks to search for signs of threat actors.'

To underline their point, the FBI and CISA have warned that they have noted a trend for ransomware and other cyber attacks to occur at times when offices are normally closed. To underline the seriousness of the issue, the agencies have detailed three major ransomware attacks in recent months that coincided with holiday weekends, causing significant disruption:..."

Security Boulevard, September 2nd, 2021
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Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management (CIEM) & Identity Management For Beginners
The public cloud eliminated traditional network boundaries, so cloud security is based on different strategies, like entitlement management
"The security boundary of your cloud is your Identities," writes Eric Kedrosky in Security Boulevard, "both people users and non-people identities, and they need to be managed accordingly. There can be tens of thousands of non-people identities in your cloud environment, and it is the use cases of these non-people identities make security even more complex.

Identity-based use cases are proliferating dramatically, which brings into question their entitlements. In the cloud, we call these entitlements an Identity's Effective Permissions, the end-to-end permission of the actions that an Identity can take and the data it can access..."

Security Boulevard, August 31st, 2021
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Why Phishing Is A Bigger Threat Than Ransomware
While enterprise security teams have had their hands full battling an increasing number of more sophisticated ransomware attacks, phishing attacks are on the rise with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions
"In fact," writes Jonathan Andresen in Security Boulevard, "just this past week Microsoft warned of a widespread credential phishing campaign that leverages open redirector links in email communications as a vector to trick users into visiting malicious websites while effectively bypassing security software.

'Attackers combine these links with social engineering baits that impersonate well-known productivity tools and services to lure users into clicking,' Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team said in a report published this week.

Security Boulevard, September 1st, 2021
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Ransom DDoS: What You Need To Know Now
According to the 2021 Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report, Ransom DDoS (RDoS) threats are on the rise. Imperva researchers have been monitoring threats against several of our customers where extortionists have demanded payment in BitCoin to prevent DDoS attacks
"As security teams prepare cyber-attack mitigation strategies for 2022, data collected by Imperva strongly suggests that evaluating and improving RDoS detection and response capabilities should be a priority," notes Bruce Lynch in Security Boulevard. "In this post, we'll explain what an RDoS attack is, how it plays out, and what you need to do to prevent it.

RDoS attacks are DDoS attacks - malicious attempts to make an online service unavailable to users, usually by temporarily interrupting or suspending the services of its hosting server - with an extortion component. Today, they are remarkably easy to carry out. The technical skills required to carry out an RDoS attack are extremely low, and the tools for reconnaissance on your organization's networks are publicly available. DDoS 'stressors', a.k.a. 'DDoSers' or 'Booters' which are ostensibly intended to enable you to research and pressure test your network, actually help cybercriminals plan an attack against your network. Search engines make it simple for hackers to collect information about all of your network ranges and networking services, information that you use to keep your IT systems working and accessible, but which makes your systems easier to attack..."

Security Boulevard, August 31st, 2021
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Best Threat Intelligence Platforms & Tools For 2021
Threat intelligence platforms take security beyond traditional defensive strategies.
"Threat intelligence helps IT to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals and prevent information or financial loss," notes Drew Robb in CIOinsight.

"This makes it possible to warn organizations about potentially malicious activity inside the network. Unusual patterns or behavior are flagged so security analysts can find out what is going on.

Threat intelligence platforms, then, deal with any threats or potential threats related to computer systems and web-based applications. This represents a way to collect relevant information relating to cyber threats. Further, threat intelligence software applies analytics to that information, adding a predictive capability and risk estimation..."

CIOinsight, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Is This The Fastest USB Flash Drive In The World?
Kingston's latest flash drive features USB-C connectivity and record-breaking speeds
"Kingston has announced that its new high performance USB-C flash drive the DataTraveler Max is now available," reports Anthony Spadafora in

"The DataTraveler Max (DT Max) is one of the fastest USB drives on the market with read speeds of up to 1000 Mbps and write speeds of up to 900 Mbps.

According to Kingston, the company designed the DT Max with portability and convenience in mind. However, the flash drive also features a unique ridged casing that protects its USB-C connector when its not in use and is easily moved in a single motion...", August 31st, 2021
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Is There Any Scope Left For Storage Industry Real Innovation?
Over the past 9 decades, the storage industry has brought to market numerous ground-breaking technologies and architectures, many of which are still in use today, years after they first appeared on the market
Every day, vendors announce new products that seemingly offer something different from the myriad of competing solutions already available; but are these simple updates to existing technologies, with a few tweaks and additions? Or are they truly original? At a time when so much has already been developed, can storage vendors still be innovative?

To find out, let's go back to the very start of the storage industry as we know it. It was nearly a century ago, in 1928, that Austrian scientist Fritz Pfleumer patented the first magnetic tape. Since then, tape has played a significant role in the storage of data. Veniamin Simonov, director of product management, Nakivo, Inc., agrees: 'There have been numerous breakthroughs in the storage industry since the times of magnetic tape which, over the years, has helped to revolutionise how data is stored. Since then, we've seen the move to disk storage, which has included floppy disks, HDD drives, optical disk drives, and so on.', August 31st, 2021
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Hybrid Disk/Flash Storage Isn't New, But It Is Getting Better
Five years ago, Western Digital, known for its hard disk drive (HDD) storage technologies, doled out $19 billion in cash and stock for SanDisk and its solid state drive (SDD) product portfolio, giving it deep expertise in the non-volatile flash memory space at a time when enterprises were looking for expanded storage options in the wake of the rise of the cloud and the edge
Jeffrey Burt writes in The Next Platform, "At the time the deal was announced in 2015 - the acquisition closed a year later - then-CEO of Western Digital Steve Milligan boasted that the 'combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry.' The company also noted that with SanDisk in the fold, the combination of the two will enable Western Digital to 'vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.'

The deal gave Western Digital a much broader portfolio of technologies and expanded reach beyond HDDs. Earlier this month, the company announced that in the most recent quarter, revenue jumped 15 percent year-over-year, to $4.9 billion..."

The Next Platform, September 1st, 2021
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Set Up A Rock-Solid Virtualized Storage Management Strategy
An effective deployment and oversight strategy is essential to get the most out of your virtual storage. Find out what software, hardware and tools can ensure it all runs smoothly
"Despite the benefits of virtualized storage," writes Robert Sheldon in SearchServerVirtualization, "there's not a clear way to deploy or manage the technology; this is in part because organizations have different requirements, and offerings vary significantly in capabilities, technology requirements and use cases.

Storage virtualization can help simplify management and improve resource use. It also streamlines advanced feature application across the storage pool and extend the life of older storage systems.

When admins deploy and manage virtual storage, they must account for four main considerations..."

SearchServerVirtualization, August 30th, 2021
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New Workloads Driving All-Flash Object Storage Adoption, Says ESG
Digital transformation initiatives and new workloads are driving all-flash object storage adoption in business, according to a report from IT research firm ESG
Daniel Robinson writes in Blocks & File, "Key findings of the report - The Digital Era Is Fueling Adoption of All-flash Object Storage - are that all-flash object storage is still in its early adoption phase, but ESG expects it to become pervasive. While 95 per cent of organisations are using flash storage systems, only 23 per cent of those use all-flash object storage. At the same time, 87 per cent of those not currently using it intend to evaluate the technology over the next year..."
Blocks & File, August 31st, 2021
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Five Key Questions To Ask About Storage-As-A-Service And Consumption Models
We look at important questions to ask providers of consumption-based storage procurement services, such as base costs and burst, usage measurement and upgrade paths
"Enterprises have long had to balance capital and operational expenditure (capex/opex) when it comes to their IT budgets. Storage is no exception," writes Stephen Pritchard in ComputerWeekly.

"Over the past decade, the volume of data being stored has risen sharply - and continues to do so. Researchers at Statista predict an average annual growth rate of 42% between 2020 and 2022.

But predicting exactly how much storage any one business needs remains difficult. Businesses risk over-provisioning, and so leaving valuable capital equipment underused, or investing too little in storage capacity, making it harder to roll out new applications. This has fuelled the rise of as-a-service and consumption models of storage procurement..."

ComputerWeekly, September 3rd, 2021
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Lenovo News
Lenovo Delivers New Innovation For Resilient Edge Computing
Lenovo to deliver an integrated, cost effective, virtualized edge computing solution with VMware
Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) announced it will be the first-to-market with VMware's software solution for the edge running on the resilient ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Servers. The new solution will be delivered directly to customer edge sites with the VMware software solution pre-loaded on a pair of ruggedized and security enhanced ThinkSystem SE350. In addition, Lenovo also announced the enhancement of Lenovo Open Cloud Automation management software to automate the planning, deployment and ongoing management of datacenter cloud deployments all the way to edge sites. Organizations can now plan their data center cloud and edge infrastructure solutions using the same management software.
Lenovo News, September 7th, 2021
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Lenovo Introduces The Powerful And Flexible Thinkedge SE70 Edge AI Platform
Edge AI computing applications are numerous and growing rapidly as businesses intelligently transform operations and services with increasingly powerful analytics and automation capabilities.
During its annual TechWorld event, Lenovo introduced the ThinkEdge SE70, a powerful and flexible artificial intelligence (AI) edge platform for enterprise. The ThinkEdge SE70 is designed to meet the expanding intelligent transformation needs from logistics, transportation and smart cities to retail, healthcare and manufacturing. The new edge solution from Lenovo is created in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) leveraging AWS Panorama and is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX platform.
Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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Lenovo Launches Global Everything-As-A-Service Strategy
From the pocket to the cloud, Lenovo offers its entire portfolio as a service under an expanded Lenovo TruScale umbrella
At its annual Tech World event, Lenovo announced an evolution in its consumption-based business model, introducing Lenovo TruScale, a new portfolio-spanning everything-as-a-service offering. This announcement is part of Lenovo's continuing transformation for the next reality - a new era where consumers and business leaders need new solutions and technologies to face unprecedented change in business, education, living and beyond.
Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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Lenovo Leads In Launching Windows 11 On New Yoga Laptops
Three new consumer PCs include world's lightest 14-inch OLED laptop
As the world rebuilds and re-opens, the shift to a more hybrid lifestyle will impact how we work, learn, connect and play. Those who embrace and have access to smarter technology will thrive in the next hybrid reality. Adept at making quick pivots to what's next, Lenovo was already accelerating the evolution of the PC to be faster, more mobile, portable and powerful to meet people's expectations. Consumers gaming or collaborating virtually from home stand to benefit most from the latest Windows 11 PCs with next-gen hardware and software inside...
Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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Lenovo Unveils A Brighter Future For Hybrid With Premium Tablets With 5G And Next-Gen Add-Ons
Also launches new security enhanced wireless ecosystem, Project Unity, and smart audio accessory
Tablets are indispensable for both work and play delivering endless ways to enjoy entertainment and get more done at home and on the go. The world needs a healthy escape now more than ever ergo consumers are spending more time streaming everything from shows and movies to games. According to research, Millennial parents are more likely to provide their kids with their own tablet than their own TVs, continuing the pattern of young digital natives learning and engaging through streaming on YouTube and other social platforms over cable.
Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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Lenovo Unveils New 'Everything-As-A-Service' Platform And Broad Range Of New Innovations For The Next Reality At 7th Annual Global Tech World Event
Lenovo's tech showcase features launch of Lenovo TruScale as an Everything-as-a-Service platform, an enhanced edge to cloud portfolio, software, new A.I. platform, green and responsible innovation, and a wide array of the latest Yoga and Chromebook laptops, tablets, monitors, and more
At its 7th annual global technology event, Tech World, Lenovo unveiled a wave of new innovations - from a dramatically expanded 'Everything-as-a-Service' business model with Lenovo TruScale, to a series of new Edge to Cloud infrastructure and datacenter products, to a wide range of new laptops, tablets, monitors, and edge computing and accessory devices built to help businesses and consumers navigate what the company sees as 'the next reality.'

Along with announcing a number of new products and services, Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang delivered a keynote speech, discussing key trends - including the persistence of hybrid work-life solutions, the demand for more sophisticated infrastructure services, and the prospects and power of artificial intelligence to help shape how the world will live, learn, work and connect in the coming years.

Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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Work, Play And Game With Unyielding Display Performance
Lenovo announced the latest additions to its broad monitors portfolio, including an all new ThinkVision P27u-20 professional display and two new gaming monitors, Lenovo G27e-20 and Lenovo G24e-20
"Expand your professional workspace with the new premium ThinkVision P27u-20 monitor offering dual wide color gamut (99.1% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB) with factory calibrated color accuracy. Designed for photography, video and graphics content creators seeking a high-performance display to extend screen space for effective application multitasking, the monitor also adds the convenience of Intel Thunderbolt 4 docking display capability.

The Energy Star 8.0 compliant ThinkVision P27u-20 delivers detailed clarity on a 27-inch Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) IPS screen with VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 support for realistic brightness and darkness..."

Lenovo News, September 8th, 2021
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IT News - AI
Three Ways Conversational AI Could Boost Productivity
Tired of distractions around the home office? Need some encouragement from the "boss"? Artificial intelligence could one day come to the rescue
"Conversational AI is," writes Rob Enderle in ComputerWorld, "at heart, a new interface in computing where the computer learns how to best work with a human rather than the reverse. While primarily focused for now on tele-sales, it has several other potential uses, including personal tutors or virtual bosses. Being a digital boss myself, this last may be particularly critical during the pandemic because those working from home can get distracted by things that might not have been intrusive when in the office..."
ComputerWorld, September 3rd, 2021
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Meet The New Demand For Creativity With AI
The pandemic caught many companies unprepared and gave them new pressure to increase their efforts to serve customers and employees through digital acceleration
Diego Lo Giudice, writes for Forrester, "Future fit organizations responded with utmost creativity by pivoting quickly to new business models while supporting existing customers. They optimized and automated processes and reorganized their workforce to adapt to the new context. And they quickly adopted new technologies that helped them become more resilient. Will all of the urgency brought about by the pandemic just disappear?

Based on past pandemic events, scientists say that, on average, 50% of what changes during a pandemic stays. Pandemics prove that humans and organizations change quickly when put under pressure. Forrester believes that in the digital world, businesses must and will keep most of the changes made during the pandemic going forward..."

Forrester, September 2nd, 2021
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Looking For AI Success? It's All About The Data
As the number of industries integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations continues to grow, more organizations are scrutinizing their AI system design workflows, including the roles of modeling and data
"Within the workflows, organizations are finding and confirming that starting with good data plays the largest role in producing accurate insights, writes David Willingham in EnterpriseAI.

"That is because when the data is fed into a model, it shapes how the model analyzes, learns, and arrives at its decisions. If that model is forced to analyze substandard data, its insights will be substandard. Conversely, if the model is fed the most accurate and useful data available, its insights will be useful.

So how does one ensure the data fed into an AI model is the best available?..."

EnterpriseAI, August 30th, 2021
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The State of MLOps in 2021
MLOps is the art and science of bringing machine learning to production, and it means many things to many people. The State of MLOps is an effort to define and monitor this market
"How is the MLOps market defined, what should you be looking for if you want to address MLOps in your organization, and what are the options?" asks George Anadiotis in ZDNet.

These are all highly relevant questions to operationalize machine learning -- and not just because MLOps is hitting peak (Gartner) hype. A few people are trying to address those in the Gartners of the world and beyond.

Ori Cohen and Lior Gavish are among them. Their opinion counts because they are both machine learning practitioners with years of experience whose daily job touches upon various aspects of MLOps..."

ZDNet, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Technology
Look for PCIe 5.0, NVMe 2.0 to boost storage performance
Enterprises that need high-performance storage for AI and ML workloads can keep an eye out for new products based on the latest PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 2.0 specifications
"Enterprise buyers in need of higher performance storage might want to start checking with vendors about their plans to support PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 2.0 technologies," writes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

"The NVM Express Inc. organization recently finalized the 2.0 version of the non-volatile memory specification that can help to lower latency and boost storage performance. New NVMe 2.0 features include command sets for key-value (KV) and Zoned Namespace (ZNS) technologies that can run on PCIe, remote direct memory access (RDMA) and TCP transports..."

SearchStorage, September 2nd, 2021
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HP News
HP Launches 'HP Pays Your PTA' Campaign With Filmmaker, Actor And Dad Justin Baldoni
Campaign features Baldoni along with internet personalities, The Holderness Family, putting their own spin on a new anthem for parents, Back to School Alright, to drive awareness for a new PTA fundraising platform from HP Instant Ink
HP Inc., in partnership with filmmaker, actor and father of two Justin Baldoni and fan-favorite YouTube sensation, Kim and Penn Holderness of The Holderness Family, introduce HP Pays Your PTA, a new way to fundraise for Parent Teacher Associations across the country. To help spread the word, Baldoni and The Holderness Family debuted music videos featuring the song, 'Back to School Alright' a relatable anthem that captures the stressors of back-to-school, while raising awareness for PTA fundraising...
HP News, September 9th, 2021
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New Cybersecurity Report From HP Reveals 91% Of IT Teams Feel Pressure To Compromise Security
Securing the growing hybrid workplace presents exponential threat landscape
HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) released its HP Wolf Security Rebellions & Rejections report, a comprehensive global study highlighting the tension between IT teams and employees working from home (WFH) that security leaders must resolve in order to secure the future of work.

The findings show that IT teams have been forced into compromising security for business continuity at a time of rising threats. Making matters worse, their attempts to increase or update security measures for remote workers have often been rejected. This is particularly true for the future workforce of 18-24-year-olds - digital natives who feel increasingly frustrated with security getting in the way of deadlines, leading many to circumvent controls.

HP News, September 9th, 2021
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Microsoft News
Microsoft And Linkedin Share Latest Data And Innovation For Hybrid Work
We've heard many business leaders come forward with strong opinions on how, when and where people should work in a hybrid world.
This morning Satya Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn, sat down to talk about the key secular trends they're seeing as people and organizations everywhere adjust to hybrid work. Their conversation is part of an effort between Microsoft and LinkedIn to help leaders and their teams navigate this new world of work, and here I'll share more about the trends we're seeing, the data behind them and the product updates we're announcing today across Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva and LinkedIn.
Microsoft News, September 9th, 2021
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Citrix News
How Are Organizations Leveraging Mobility To Empower Employees?
First, let me introduce myself. I joined Citrix three months ago as Director of Product Management for Citrix Workspace app (mobile and client-side cloud services)
"Our goal within my product management team is to optimize the digital workspace user experience on mobile devices to deliver secure mobility that accelerates productivity for employees, regardless of where they're working.

One of the best parts of my role is all the customer conversations. It has been insightful learning how organizations of all sizes are focused on accelerating their workforce mobility plans to help employees work securely from anywhere. And it's a privilege to share with these same customers how Citrix is focused on enhancing and expanding our mobility-related experience in conjunction with our digital workspace strategy. That's why I'm in this role..."

Citrix News, September 9th, 2021
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Secure Your Data With New Malware Threat Detection In Citrix Sharefile
Although remote and hybrid work are now the norm, they can create gaps in your data security if you aren't careful
"Studies have shown a massive spike in the number of malware attacks since the start of pandemic. In fact, researchers measured 648 new malware threats every minute during Q4 2020, according to a report from McAfee.

Employees are accessing, sharing, and collaborating on content from their home network using their personal and mobile devices, but there's a big security difference between using your phone for work at home versus a shared public space. In 2021, the cyber community saw a 667 percent surge in phishing emails related to COVID-19. Malware attacks are the most common undetected threat and can quickly spread across an organization, resulting in security and compliance issues..."

Citrix News, September 8th, 2021
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Simplifying Business Continuity And Hybrid Multi-Cloud
Welcome to the seventh and final installment of our Seven Ways to Simplify Your Digital Workspace Deployment in 2021 blog series. In this blog post, we are going to look at how to simplify business continuity and hybrid cloud.
"The challenges of maintaining a modern workforce are various and can be daunting. Desktops and user data must be available across multiple geographies to enable your business to continue if and when disaster strikes. A subset of end-users accesses their desktops and specialized apps infrequently. Hosting these solutions in a traditional on-prem datacenter isn't economically feasible. As we have seen in recent months, end-users may be required to work from home or a remote location. Traditional on-prem solutions cannot scale within hours for rapid changes in workforce mobility and increase the demand for access. Many companies have come to realize the value of leveraging cloud providers to augment their on-prem environment. However, maintaining separate infrastructures is more complex and requires specialized replication..."
Citrix News, September 7th, 2021
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So Your Company Just Upgraded To Citrix Workspace. Now What?
We get it. You've been heads-down, holding down the IT fort over this past year making sure all the newly remote workers can access their apps and desktops.
"Maybe you've been managing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for years (in fact, you might know it by its old name 'XenApp'). And then somebody up the chain upgrades your subscription to Citrix Workspace Premium Plus.

So, now you're probably left wondering just what is that, and, more importantly, what do you do with it?..."

Citrix News, September 9th, 2021
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Nutanix News
EG Group Drives Miles Further With Nutanix In The Tank
Nutanix Cloud Platform Reinforces Fast-Paced Business Model Powering Expanding Global Garage Operator
Nutanix announced today that, following the deployment of Nutanix Cloud Platform across its global network, leading convenience retailer EG Group is already reaping the benefits of that investment and is empowered to implement ambitious plans for further rapid growth.

Starting with a single location in 2001, EG Group has become one of the UK's fastest growing forecourt operators with an expanding portfolio of approximately 6,200 sites across mainland Europe, Australia, the U.S. and the UK. One byproduct of this rapid growth, however, tends to be a mixed inheritance of legacy IT unfit for purpose in the context of a large, fast-paced business like EG Group...

Microsoft News, September 9th, 2021
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HPE News
HPE Introduces HPE Pointnext Complete Care Support To Help Customers Manage Complex Edge-To-Cloud IT Environments
Customers can manage complex edge-to-cloud IT environments with one service
Today, I am excited to announce HPE is redefining the IT support experience with the launch of HPE Pointnext Complete Care, a new service to help customers save valuable time and resources. Customers can take advantage of these new capabilities standalone, or as part of the cloud experience we offer with HPE GreenLake.

As more value and complexity shifts to software, HPE is also investing in AI-based tooling and expertise to provide solutions such as Software Asset Management, and optimization services for critical workloads such as SAP, Microsoft Azure and many more, all available as scalable solution blocks that can be added as needed.

HPE News, September 9th, 2021
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Dell News
A New Dawn For Data Protection Innovation
New Innovations from Dell Technologies Power Up Your Cyber-Defenses to Reduce Risk and Increase IT Efficiency
"Tune in to any news outlet and you're likely to hear about a recent cyberattack. It may be an attack on a small company or a government agency or global organization. Cyberattacks don't differentiate and they are increasingly persistent at putting organizations and their data at risk.

But, while your organization may not know when a cyberattack is going to hit, you can be ready for when it does.

Our latest Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index 2021 Snapshot, announced today, confirms the need to be cyber-ready with a comprehensive data protection strategy. Dell Technologies is helping our customers prevent these threats with an extensive portfolio of infrastructure with built-in security with the ability to detect and respond to threats. Through our portfolio of innovative solutions and services, customers can protect and recover IT assets in the event of a ransomware or malware attack..."

Dell News, September 9th, 2021
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Changing The Game With Hybrid Cloud And Apex
During the past year we have come to understand how critical IT is to business and how it must be a priority moving forward. The operating costs of data centers are becoming the largest expense of IT. IDC reports that the OPEX spend on IT will be around 300% more than CAPEX by 2023.
"Most organizations prefer to consume infrastructure without worrying about the day-to-day operations. They often look to public cloud as the answer, as it allows them to focus on deploying and managing their workloads and applications rather than worrying about managing and maintaining the infrastructure.

While public clouds is an option, there are risks:..."

Dell News, September 10th, 2021
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Dell Precision 7560 Review
Dell's Precision 7560 is its most powerful 15.6-inch mobile workstation.
"This model's component loadout includes Intel's 11th generation Xeon and Core processors, NVIDIA workstation-grade GPUs up to the 16GB RTX A5000, up to 128GB of ECC memory, and space for three NVMe drives. Its top screen option sports a UHD (3840x2160) resolution and a 100% Adobe RGB color rating.

The 7560 also has top-notch security options; Windows, Ubuntu, and Red Hat operating systems options; and a standard three-year warranty. Overall, the Precision 7560 is a worthy alternative to its chief rivals, the Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 and the HP ZBook Fury 15 G8. It won't be cheap even if you have access to corporate or fleet discounts, but if you're looking for the most performance you can get in a 15.6-inch form factor, the Precision 7560 won't steer you wrong..."

StorageReview, September 7th, 2021
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Deploying Cloud Services Faster With Apex Console
Are your sites deployment-ready? Get it right the first time with site surveys and site management through the APEX Console.
Dell Technologies APEX is a breakthrough portfolio of as-a-Service offerings that simplify digital transformation by increasing IT agility and control. APEX simplifies the technology experience by shifting the way we deliver our portfolio to focus more on outcomes and less on infrastructure. Our customers experience this shift primarily through the APEX Console, which provides self-service access to a catalog of infrastructure and cloud services and serves as a hub for managing subscriptions, monitoring service performance, optimizing utilization and spend, and more.
Dell News, September 8th, 2021
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Majority Of Organizations Uncertain They Can Recover From A Ransomware Attack, Says New Dell Technologies Report
Study shows organizations are managing more than 10 times the amount of data than they did five years ago - Eighty-two percent of IT decision makers are concerned their existing data protection solutions won't meet all future business challenges
"The Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) 2021 Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) findings reveal organizations are facing several data protection challenges driven by the constant threat of ransomware and the consumption of emerging technologies such as cloud-native applications, Kubernetes containers and artificial intelligence.

According to a recent IDC survey, more than one-third of organizations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the previous 12 monthsi. To help address these rising - and seemingly inevitable - issues, Dell Technologies is introducing new software and services to accelerate virtual machine (VM) backup data availability, simplify management of large data sets, and maintain business continuity while alleviating dependencies on day-to-day cyber recovery operations..."

Dell News, September 9th, 2021
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The Coming Digital Divide
In a world where every company is now a technology company, IT staffing has become the biggest challenge to their digital future.
"We've spent years talking about digital transformation, but the events from the past year and a half have signaled it is now here. During a very challenging time, we found organizations and businesses dramatically change how they service customers and deliver value to their stakeholders. Digital transformation is no longer an aspirational target, but rather a modern-day reality.

Every organization has woken up to the fact that they are now a technology company. Now comes the messy part. With this shift, entire industries are being reshaped by those organizations who can successfully navigate this change..."

Dell News, September 9th, 2021
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IT News - PM
Best IT Project Management Tools & Software 2021
Because IT touches the entire business, the projects can be large and complex
Jenn Fulmer writes in IT Business Edge, "Despite the large projects they're facing, only 23 percent of organizations use a project management tool, leaving over 50 percent of teams without the key performance indicators they need to effectively evaluate projects and processes. IT project management software helps companies stay on track with their project goals, identify bottlenecks quickly, and improve their project procedures overall..."
IT Business Edge, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - CRM
CRM System: Important Benefits Of Getting One For Your Business
A customer relationship management or CRM system is one of the most important ingredients in the recipe for sustainable business growth
Rick Kranz notes in Business 2 Community, "After all, you need to stay focused on your customers (and prospective customers) at all times. This is in order to provide them with relevant messaging, informative content, and exceptional experiences.

That being said, what are some of the specific benefits that a CRM system can offer? Let's dig into that question and see how many key benefits we can unearth..."

Business 2 Community, September 2nd, 2021
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Hubspot CRM: What Is It And How Can It Benefit Your Business?
Most businesses in today's marketplace use a CRM as a powerful multi-purpose tool. One that results in increased customer retention, higher conversion rates, and sustainable growth.
"CRM stands for customer relationship management," writes Rick Kranz in Business 2 Community. "And as its name implies, a CRM system is designed for managing most (if not all) aspects of your relationships with your customers. Of course, there is a lot of different CRM options on the market today. One of the most popular ones is the HubSpot CRM system. Why should you seriously consider investing in it? Let's discuss just a few reasons why in the information below.

The advantages of using a CRM platform as a 'single source of truth' are plainly evident, especially when you think about how companies used to keep track of customer data. Perhaps the marketing team would have a 'buyer's journey' in place to inform their ad creative. Sales reps would have their own tools designed to nurture leads and close deals. Senior management would have a high-level strategy for expanding brand awareness via multiple channels that their consumers preferred. However, all of this information was fragmented at best, and often led to mixed results..."

Business 2 Community, August 30th, 2021
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The Impact Of Using A CRM On Business Activities
A CRM system is a tool used to organize and store all data related customer information. It allows you track sales leads, phone calls, emails, meetings in one central hub for improved efficiency of operations with your customers
Matthew Popham writes in Business 2 Community, "Because we have all the customer data in one hub, it greatly improves operational efficiency. Lending a helping hand in improved customer service and sales is beneficial for everyone involved.

A CRM system allows for personalized messages and offers as well as tracking data to extract insights. This leads to a more effective sales strategy, which is essential in today's business environment.

Marketing and sales processes run more smoothly with a CRM system. The sales department can work independently while collaborating seamlessly with other departments like marketing. Questions like, 'Who spoke to the client last?' or 'What did they talk about?', become obsolete..."

Business 2 Community, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - HR
How HR Departments Of One Can Claim A 'Seat At The Table'
During an Aug. 24 webinar, speaker and consultant Lori Kleiman offered three tips to those attempting to pivot to a more strategic role.
"The HR pros who operate solo deal with a conundrum: They're assigned long lists of administrative tasks, but they're likely to want more strategic work," writes Katie Clarey in HRDIVE.

"This problem pushes single-person HR departments to prioritize agility and efficiency, according to Lori Kleiman, a consultant and speaker who specializes in small business operations. To make progress toward their goals, practitioners need to consider the practical and the philosophical, said Kleiman, who once staffed an HR department of one. They'll need to find tech tools that help them multitask, for instance; they'll also need to devise a strategy to ensure their department contributes to business growth..."

HRDIVE, September 2nd, 2021
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IT News - Linux
Linux Kernel 5.14 Officially Released, This Is What's New
With Linux turning 30 years old, what better way to celebrate than with a new kernel release as Linus Torvalds just announced today the general availability of the Linux 5.14 series.
"Less than two months in development, the Linux 5.14 kernel brings cool new features to the table," reports Marius Nestor in 9to5linux, "such as the merge of the core scheduling functionality to better protect our Linux computers against some Spectre vulnerabilities, the burstable CFS bandwidth controller, or the new mechanism for better controlling resource limits within user namespaces.

Also new is an I/O priority controller for control groups designed for managing the priority of block-I/O requests generated by the members of each group, a new rate limiter for the split-lock detection feature on the x86 architecture for sleeping processes that create a split lock, as well as a new PCI-over-virtio driver for supporting PCI drivers in user-mode..."

9to5linux, August 30th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
How To Improve Cloud Management
Cloud technology underpins emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, edge computing and containerization. Organizations must prioritize implementing effective cloud management practices to avoid spiraling costs and potential security and compliance violations
"The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly accelerated cloud adoption. To support remote work, many businesses have moved workloads from on-premises servers to the public cloud. At the same time, thanks to the proliferation of technologies like AI and machine learning, organizations are generating more data than ever, much of which is also being stored in the cloud. It's no surprise then, that the explosion in demand for cloud services is showing no sign of slowing down. Gartner predicts that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow by 23.1% in 2021 to total $332.3 billion...", September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - IoT
Why Can't IoT Get Out Of Its Own Way?
Most IoT projects don't make it past proof of concept, but some have proven successful. Explore three examples that showcase how IoT can improve processes and lives
Brian Gilmore writes in IoT Agenda, "It is a recurring theme across enterprises, whether startups or Fortune 100: IoT is more complicated than we'd hoped. From the early promises of the first IoT platforms to the utter confusion of the hundreds that followed in those footsteps, the IoT ecosystem is still a Wild West of vendors, slide decks and handwaving. And the customers suffer for it.

The failure rate for IoT projects is estimated to be anywhere from 50% to 75%. Including all of the one-offs and home lab proofs of concept makes that rate far higher. Like the cloud -- and just about every other massive technology trend before it -- IoT was a product before it was out of the cradle. Nobody wanted to miss the bus this time, and the market acted before it really stopped to think about the basics. So, what is IoT, and why would we use it?..."

IoT Agenda, September 2nd, 2021
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How Edge Computing Can Unlock The Potential Of IoT
The opportunities that lie in IoT
"Cloud technology has long been accepted as fundamental to the way the modern world operates," writes Tim Lovejoy in, "with even the most skeptical and reluctant sectors now embracing the value it offers. What comes next, as IoT devices proliferate in our work and home lives, is a move towards edge computing, which has particular advantages for the public sector.

IoT presents vast opportunities across the public sector. Autonomous transport, health monitoring devices, traffic and lighting applications, law enforcement are all possibilities as well as smart bin sensors to ensure rubbish never overflows...", September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Developer
Top Programming Languages: Why One Language Dominates When It Comes To New Technologies
One coding language stands out for the IEEE - but it's not without its weaknesses
"Python remains a clear leader among programming languages for engineers, beating out Java, and JavaScript in IEEE Spectrum's 2021 language rankings," reports Liam Tung in ZDNet.

"The publication IEEE Spectrum taps members from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other sources to come up with its annual programming language rankings.

Once again, IEEE Spectrum puts Python as the most popular programming language. It's seen massive growth because it's relatively easy to learn and has a healthy ecosystem of libraries to refine its use in data science and machine learning, such as Tensor Flow, NumPy and SciPy..."

ZDNet, September 1st, 2021
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