IT News and Events  
October 11th, 2021 — October 17th, 2021
Volume 283, Issue 2
IT - CxO
8 Top Enterprise Risk Management Trends In 2021
SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021

Several emerging trends are reshaping the risk management landscape, including GRC platforms, maturity frameworks, risk appetite statements, CIO roles and ERM's competitive advantage.

"Enterprise risk management has taken center stage as organizations grapple with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Executives quickly realized that stronger ERM programs were required to remain competitive in these rapidly shifting times. Risk leaders viewed the pandemic as a call to explore enterprise risk management as a competitive differentiator to take advantage of new opportunities when circumstances dictate change..."

1 In 3 C-Suite Execs Automate Processes To Tackle Hiring Crunch
CIODIVE, October 13th, 2021

To contend with hiring shortages, one-third of C-suite executives are turning to automation, according to West Monroe's Quarterly Executive Poll. The company surveyed 150 C-suite executives at companies with annual revenue of at least $250 million.

"The seven in 10 C-suite members planning to increase hiring in the coming quarter will face a constrained tech talent market, a reality that makes automation an attractive asset to boost efficiency.

Job postings for tech occupations in September reached 295,000, according to CompTIA analysis of official data. Unemployment for IT roles was just 2.2%, signs of high-demand for available skilled IT labor..."

10 Phishing Stats That'll Make Your C-Suite Think
Security Boulevard, October 12th, 2021

Wanting to run a phishing simulation is one thing, but persuading colleagues of the importance of doing so is another.

"You need to keep your organization safe, not just satisfy basic compliance requirements. You need to improve security awareness and colleague behaviors, throughout your organization, to make a real difference to your ongoing cybersecurity.

We've collated a few facts, figures, and bullet points to help busy security teams convince those who hold the purse strings, to make them realize running phishing tests and raising cybersecurity awareness is an important and valuable use of security team resources...."

5 Benefits Of Developing A Digital Transformation Strategy
TechRepublic, October 11th, 2021

More business is conducted online than ever, and companies that recognize the need to develop a digital transformation strategy to meet Millennials and younger people where they are can benefit

"Companies and institutions of every size have been affected by the pandemic and challenged to take a hard look at developing a digital transformation strategy faster than anticipated. For those that choose to make this strategic shift, there are some undeniable benefits.

How important is digital transformation across all sectors?

Developing a digital transformation strategy involves rethinking and reimagining how work gets done and how you reach your customers. It involves your people, processes and the tools or technologies you use. Does it impact all sectors? The answer, for the most part, is yes..."

5 Ways CIOs Are Redefining Teamwork For A Hybrid World
CIO, October 13th, 2021

From smaller teams, to video tech that creates more equitable meetings, to a rebalanced brain trust in the office, CIOs are trying out new approaches to IT teamwork.

"CIO Paul Blowers describes the past 16 months at accounting firm Plante Moran as 'a grand experiment' in getting work done. Throughout, Blowers has flexed, reconfigured, and stress-tested his mostly remote, 120-persona IT team to determine how productivity, creativity, and culture would hold up through the pandemic.

The experiment proved successful, and the company is making hybrid work permanent. Now Blowers has an eye on the long-term effects that permanent hybrid work will have on teamwork..."

9 Common Risk Management Failures And How To Avoid Them
SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021

As enterprises rework post-pandemic business models at unprecedented speeds, failure to mitigate risks due to governance, transparency and cultural issues is costly but avoidable

"Enterprises are making massive changes to their business models at a faster rate than ever before due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and environmental mandates. While risks alone are only one cost of doing business, the added costs associated with mitigating these risks and the fallout from doing it poorly, if at all, have increased substantially.

Risk management failures are often depicted as the result of unfortunate events, reckless behavior or bad judgment. But a deeper analysis often reveals systemic problems that might have been addressed with a more proactive and ongoing enterprise risk management program. Many of these problems can lead to any of nine common risk management failures..."

CIO Interview: Cynthia Stoddard, CIO, Adobe
ComputerWeekly, October 14th, 2021

Leading IT at one of the world's best-known software companies brings its own challenges and opportunities around digital transformation

"Cynthia Stoddard, CIO at Adobe, is an experienced IT chief using her knowledge to help shape the future direction of one of the world's best-known technology companies, saying: 'My number one priority is supporting the business.'

Stoddard joined Adobe in June 2016, having previously been CIO at NetApp and a host of other big-name organisations. She was impressed by the culture of the organisation as soon as soon as she went for an interview..."

Leadership On Demand: The Portfolio CIO
ITProPortal, October 14th, 2021

How can enterprises make the most of the rising tide of 'on-demand' technology leadership

"Digital transformation is far from a level playing field. For many small or medium businesses the path to modernization includes several barriers. These obstacles are often even more pronounced for that business in non-technology sectors such as logistics, distribution, manufacturing, retail, education, engineering services, facilities management, health care operations and professional services.

These barriers can usually be summarised in terms of the understanding of digital transformation by the existing executive team, and the subsequent capacity to engage in such projects..."

NASCIO 2021: State CIO Survey Details Tech Priorities Post-Pandemic
StateTech, October 12th, 2021

In an annual study, IT leaders plan to expand digital services, fraud detection, and identity and access management solutions

"The COVID-19 pandemic sped digital transformation across state governments, and many of the innovations will continue into the future, agreed state CIOs at the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Monday.

Speaking during a panel on the release of 'Driving Digital Acceleration: The 2021 State CIO Survey' from NASCIO, Grant Thornton and CompTIA, Ohio CIO Katrina Flory and Illinois Acting CIO Jennifer Ricker observed that the pandemic stressed the importance of investments in digital services, collaboration tools, broadband expansion and other areas..."

Three Ideas To Simplify Your IT Now
Security Boulevard, October 14th, 2021

And just like that its October and another Cybersecurity Awareness Month is upon us.

"Since last year at this time things have changed immensely and it's clear that protecting your company's most critical data is becoming more complex by the day. Gartner predicts that 81% of enterprises will adopt a multi-cloud environment to increase business resiliency. At the same time, hybrid work is now the norm and while this is good news for employees who have grown accustomed to working on their own terms, this puts a bigger strain on IT and security teams especially with the intensifying threat landscape. Bad actors are becoming more sophisticated and it's becoming harder for employees to discern valid communications from credential stealing attacks. And, with no network perimeter, enterprise IT teams need to take steps to secure this new reality..."

Worldwide IT and Business Services Forecast Shows Signs of Improvement Due to Strong Demand and the Improving Economic Outlook, According to IDC
IDC, October 13th, 2021

Worldwide IT and business services revenue is expected to grow by 3.4% (in constant currency) in 2021

"In nominal dollar denominated revenue based on today's exchange rate, the market will grow by 6% year over year, due to FX fluctuation.

The services market is forecast to top $1.1 trillion in 2021. This year's recovery is more or less in line with IDC's forecast from April. This has been consistent with what major vendors have been reporting in the first and second quarters of this year.

IDC believes that the market will continue to expand through 2023 and 2024 with growth between 3.8% to 4.0% annually. The mid-term and long-term market growth have also increased slightly by 20-50 basis points each year, pushing the market's long-term growth rate to 4.3%, up from the previous forecast of 4.1%. A better economic outlook has contributed to the improved optimism, but the main driver was the stronger demand for IT and business services across several regions outside the U.S., particularly where large government-led digitalization programs and schemes are taking place (i.e., in Europe, APAC, etc.)..."

Your First 90 Days As CISO - 9 Steps To Success
CISO MAG, October 16th, 2021

The challenges faced by new CISOs aren't just logistical. They include securing their environment from both known and unknown threats, dealing with stakeholders with unique needs and demands.

"Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are an essential pillar of an organization's defense, and they must account for a lot. Especially for new CISOs, this can be a daunting task. The first 90 days for a new CISO are crucial in setting up their security team, so there is little time to waste, and much to accomplish.

A new guide by XDR provider Cynet (download here) looks to give new and veteran CISOs a durable foundation to build a successful security organization. The challenges faced by new CISOs aren't just logistical. They include securing their environment from both known and unknown threats, dealing with stakeholders with unique needs and demands, and interfacing with management to show the value of strong security..."

Enterprise Risk Management Team: Roles And Responsibilities
SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021

Every facet of an enterprise's operations is exposed to risk, requiring an all-encompassing risk management team composed of a diverse mix of corporate executives and managers

"Enterprise risk management brings together executive-level risk owners to manage the entire scope of an organization's risks more effectively. Typically, an ERM team cooperatively identifies and manages risks and their cross-functional impacts.

"The ultimate goal of an organization is to achieve a strategy," said Joey Gyengo, principal at global professional services network KPMG. 'ERM helps bend the curve in a more successful way so we can manage some downside volatility as well as achieve upside potential. It's understanding your risks and where things need to go as well as where they could go wrong -- how an organization can execute on strategy while building resilience.'..."

Traditional vs. Enterprise Risk Management: How Do They Differ?
SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021

Traditional risk management and enterprise risk management are similar in their aim to mitigate risks that can harm a company. But there are important differences between the two

"Businesses understand they cannot exist in a risk-free environment. How to manage the risks they face depends on many variables, including the industry the business is in and its size.

In some industry verticals, such as financial services and insurance, the risk function tends to be more mature than at other companies because their business models are risk-based and they are subject to regulations which require them to manage risks in specific ways. In verticals where risk is not the primary business, risk management also exists, but the universe of risks tends to vary from industry to industry and company to company, as do the ways in which they manage risk..."

IT - Storage
Gartner Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage, October 11th, 2021

With several bizarre elements, some absences and questionnable presences

"As an annual rendez-vous, Gartner unveils its Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage on October 1, 2021 and it invites to make comments, remarks and even critics. The exercice is not easy even for analysts as the market changed rapidly.

And of course, many companies immediately published a press release claiming victory or proudness to be listed and we can understand why especially for small players. We find Nutanix, Pure Storage, Qumulo, Scality and Weka promotional content or press release..."

Enterprise Data Storage Environments Riddled With Vulnerabilities
Dark Reading, October 14th, 2021

Many organizations are not properly protecting their storage and backup systems from compromise, new study finds

"Despite a dramatic increase in ransomware attacks, enterprise storage and backup environments have a dangerously weaker security posture than the compute and network layers of the IT infrastructure, new research shows.

Continuity recently analyzed data gathered from 423 storage systems belonging to customers in the banking, financial services, transportation, healthcare, and other sectors. Systems that were analyzed included storage area network/network-attached storage (SAN/NAS) systems, storage management servers, virtual SANs, virtual storage systems, and data protection appliances..."

Hitachi Vantara's New VSP 5600 Hits 33 Million Iops
SearchStorage, October 12th, 2021

Hitachi Vantara launched new VSP 5000 models and added storage options to its E Series. The products may help enable storage consolidation for customers

"Hitachi Vantara has expanded its storage portfolio with new Virtual Storage Platform 5000 models that dramatically speed up throughout and performance and added new storage options to its E-Series platform. The storage vendor, which unveiled the products Tuesday at its digital infrastructure event, also said it wants to help simplify customer storage management.

Hitachi added the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5600 and 5200 to its enterprise flagship storage platform. The new arrays still have end-to-end NVMe but now provide a 42% improvement in data reduction efficiency, according to Hitachi..."

Storage Systems Vulnerabilities: Act Now To Avoid Disasters
Help Net Security, October 14th, 2021

Continuity issued a research report which provided an analysis of the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations of enterprise storage systems.

"The findings revealed that storage systems have a significantly weaker security posture than the other two layers of IT infrastructure: compute or network.

These findings are alarming given the fact that, unlike an attack on individual endpoints or servers, which can cause problems, an attack that targets storage systems can be truly devastating.

A compromise of a single storage array can bring down thousands of servers - and wipe out petabytes of data, a frightening prospect given the rise in ransomware attacks over the past three years that target corporate data..."

Nearly 68 Million HDDs Shipped in 3Q21, October 12th, 2021

Here is an abstract of a report, SDAS: HDD Information Service, Preliminary CQ3 '21 Quarterly Update, dated October 6, 2021, by Trendfocus, Inc.

Preliminary 3CQ21 Results: Nearly 68 Million HDDs Shipped As Solid Enterprise Demand Continues.

3Q21 WW HDD shipments

Addressing Bias In Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Datamation, October 11th, 2021

The link between artificial intelligence (AI) and bias is alarming.

"As AI evolves to become more human-like, it's becoming clear that human bias is impacting technology in negative, potentially dangerous ways.

Here, we explore how AI and bias are linked and what's being done to reduce the impact of bias in AI applications: ..."

3 Questions On AI And Bias

  • How Does Bias In AI Impact Automated Decision Systems?
  • Why Does Bias Exist In AI?
  • How Can We Reduce Bias In AI?

Read on...

How Can You Use Machine Learning To Optimize Pricing In Fintech?
SmartDataCollective, October 13th, 2021

Fintech companies can't afford to ignore the importance of machine learning technology in making pricing decisions

"FinTech is about connecting with customers. They expect something different from classically understood banking. The more you know about your audience, the more you can offer them. It's similar to prices - price optimization through machine learning is a great tool to grow your revenue. What can you learn from real-market examples?

Figuring out the best pricing model can be tricky. Especially with a newly developed product, when you have to convince people to set up accounts and trust you with both: data and money. That's where machine learning algorithms come into place. By processing and analyzing big amounts of data, they can help you establish optimized pricing plans. How exactly?..."

How AI Is Being Used In Robotics
Datamation, October 11th, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) is driving the robotics market into various areas, including mobile robots on the factory floor, robots that can do a large number of tasks rather than being specialized on one, and robots that can stay in control of inventory levels as well as fetching orders for delivery.

"Such advanced functionality has raised the complexity of robotics. Hence the need for AI.

Artificial intelligence provides the ability to monitor many parameters in real-time and make decisions. For example, in an inventory robot, the machine has to be able to know its own location, the location of all stock, know stock levels, work out the sequence to go and retrieve items for orders, know the location of other robots on the floor, be able to navigate around the site, know when a human is near and change course, take deliveries to shipping, keep track of everything, and more.

The mobile robot also has to interoperate with various shop floor systems, computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, and other industrial systems. AI helps all those disparate systems work together seamlessly by being able to process their various inputs in real-time and coordinate action..."

How AI Is Changing The World Of Audio Technology
AiTHORITY, October 14th, 2021

Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have opened opportunities for brands and publications to reach broader markets by creating new moments of engagement and enhancing established ones

"This trend is particularly true when it comes to leveraging audio. From automotive and media to healthcare and packaged goods, every industry can benefit from utilizing these automated capabilities and formulating a proactive audio strategy.

Consider the populations that would connect better and more frequently through the use of AI-generated, automated text-to-speech, and language translation services:

  • 2.2 billion people globally have a visual impairment of some kind
  • An estimated 1 person in 10 lives with dyslexia
  • 30 percent of the population identifies as auditory learners
  • Ten percent of students in the United States report English as their second language
  • Many countries still struggle with low literacy rates

Likewise, in today's busy world, everyone multitasks..."

The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Datamation, October 11th, 2021

Humans continue to pose questions about artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics.

"Back 1951, when Christopher Strachey launched his AI-driven checkers program at the University of Manchester in England, people were questioning the implications of human-mimicking machines.

Today, depending on who is giving the answer, AI is either the key to driving society toward a peaceful, harmonious future or the biggest potential threat to humankind.

We can find examples to support both perspectives in the business world and beyond. But reaching a consensus about the ethical bounds of AI is an endless societal debate that will morph as AI applications evolve, becoming more sophisticated - and more human-like.

Here, we examine a series of questions on and AI and ethics society will wrestle with for the foreseeable future:...

IT - Technology
6 Tech Trends Defining Future Cities
GCN, October 13th, 2021

Sustainable neighborhoods, a supercharged infrastructure and inclusive innovation that strikes back at surveillance capitalism - these will be the mainstays that shape the future of urban technology, according to a report from the Jacobs Institute's Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech

"For the report, the research team conducted a 10-year horizon scan, scouring thousands of published journals, news articles and blogs to identify the most relevant and important trends. The raw data was synthesized to reveal 217 unique perspectives and 49 trends that describe the direction of urban tech in the next decade.

Anthony Townsend, the project lead, says the report could serve as a blueprint for the future..."

Paving The Way For Terabit Ethernet, October 13th, 2021

A Q&A with Tim Klein, CEO at the storage connectivity company ATTO

Despite advancements in Wi-Fi technology and the recent introduction of Wi-Fi 6, Ethernet is still the go to technology businesses utilize when they need to move large amounts of data quickly, particularly in data centers. While the technology behind Ethernet is now more than 40 years old, new protocols have been developed over the years that enable even more gigabytes of data to be sent over it.

IT - Blockchain
11 Ways A Software Development Company Can Use Blockchain Technology
Business 2 Community, October 11th, 2021

Ever since its creation in 2009, blockchain technology has proven to be a powerful and disruptive technology with applications that go beyond the realm of cryptocurrencies

"The list of applications for blockchain technology keeps growing, and more and more organizations are choosing blockchain technology for their software applications.

What is blockchain technology?

A blockchain is a distributed record on a shared open database that is maintained by a network of computers, which are called nodes, and is secured through consensus protocols of encryption and cryptography..."

Bitcoin: The Stateless Emergence
Bitcoin Magazine, October 14th, 2021

Bitcoin transcends the nation-state and all expectations that come along with being associated with a fiat standard

"Let's talk about what it means to be a state currency so that we can understand Bitcoin's transcendence.


Fiat currency, by definition, is a government-issued currency that is not backed by a commodity, such as gold. Governments manage nation-states and control the supply of fiat currency - this can be referred to as M1 supply, which encompasses most physical representations of money..."

3 Ways To Get ERP Benefits Faster
Industrial Distribution, October 14th, 2021

A variety of factors can lead to long ROI timelines for ERP. Here are the keys to accelerating the benefits seen from a new system

"A new ERP system can be a mess to implement. The ERP system must keep track of all the moving parts and internal processes, making it crucial that the ERP system be set up to touch all aspects of your firm. This takes a long time but you need to reap the benefits quickly.

ERP Benefits

What are the benefits of ERP? Well, this all depends on your goals and how long you are willing to wait for them. Within 5 years of implementation, you can expect to see the following benefits:..."

Modern SaaS Shifts Core ERP Architectures
ComputerWeekly, October 13th, 2021

There are numerous ways to achieve the same result. Salesforce, Microsoft and Microsoft offer a different way to consider enterprise systems

"While organisations are unlikely to rip out and replace enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, industry watchers believe their role is likely to change.

At the recent CCS Insight Predictions for 2022 and Beyond event, the analyst firm noted that since application platforms such as Microsoft 365, Salesforce and ServiceNow are present in every industry sector, they have become core components in enterprise IT.

According to CCS Insight, their ubiquity in supporting productivity and streamlining operational workflows makes these platforms catalysts for accelerating the digital transformation of workforce, supply chain and customer processes..."

8 Ways To Attract And Hire The Best Nontraditional Candidates On The Market
HRDIVE, October 11th, 2021

If your company only seriously considers candidates who have conventionally impressive resumes, you're doing yourself a huge disservice.

"As talent leaders know firsthand, nontraditional candidates often turn out to be incredible employees too - whether they have unconventional work histories and educational backgrounds, they're returning to paid work after a hiatus, or they're looking to move into a new career. Plus, these types of workers can increase diversity for your organization, offering new voices, skill sets, and perspectives.

Here are a few low-risk strategies for attracting, assessing, and hiring high-potential nontraditional candidates:..."

The Future Of Work Is Flexible
Business 2 Community, October 16th, 2021

It feels cliche to open any article with 'the world of work has changed since the global pandemic' but it's true.

"The world of work has changed since the global pandemic. Since March 2020 many salaried and tech workers have been forced to work from their own home, whilst performing caring responsibilities, juggling the burn out and the threat of their companies going under, and generally adapting to a 'new normal'.

Many big companies have announced they're closing their permanent offices forever, work has become home and home has become work..."

Biggest Trends In Data Visualization Taking Shape In 2022
SmartDataCollective, October 13th, 2021

There are many trends in data visualization that are worth monitoring in the coming years.

"There are countless examples of big data transforming many different industries. It can be used for something as visual as reducing traffic jams, to personalizing products and services, to improving the experience in multiplayer video games.

There is no disputing the fact that the collection and analysis of massive amounts of unstructured data has been a huge breakthrough. This is something that you can learn more about in just about any technology blog. We would like to talk about data visualization and its role in the big data movement..."

Welcome To The Next Generation Of Business Intelligence
Forbes, October 15th, 2021

The Business Intelligence industry has long promised a future where every worker can use data to make smarter business decisions

"Although that promise continues to be out of reach for most companies, the industry has come a long way over the past few decades, and we believe we are on the cusp of a new generation of BI that will finally turn that promise into reality.

We started with 'Gen One' BI - on-premises data and heavy-IT driven reporting projects - which was burdensome for both IT teams and end users. While cumbersome and requiring heavy investments, a few enterprises overcame those hurdles and reaped big benefits, lighting the spark for analytics..."

IT - EdTech
100 Essential EdTech Tools By Category
teachthought, October 11th, 2021

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

"Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.

Here, we've compiled a list of some of 100 essential edtech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher's tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom..."

Can EdTech Deliver On Its Pandemic Promise?
Financial Times, October 13th, 2021

The effectiveness of education technology in low-income countries divides opinion

"Education technology was adopted widely during the pandemic as schools around the world were forced to close and sought alternative ways to teach children.

While sometimes overhyped in the past - much-vaunted interactive whiteboards were often left unused - edtech now has the potential to support education in lower-income countries. The benefits can be as much for policymakers and school leaders as for teachers and students in the classroom and beyond. For example, online management systems can be used to track attendance and test scores, provide lesson plans and help allocate resources. Self-learning tools for students include supplementary apps, test preparation and live lessons..."

Interactive EdTech Tools Help Drive Student Engagement
EdTech, October 13th, 2021

Solutions from GoGuardian and Pear Deck help teachers generate student engagement and maximize instructional time with real-time views of student work

"Student engagement is a high priority for educators across K-12.

In its 2021 State of Engagement Report, GoGuardian's research insights underscore the value of learning experiences that address the whole child - creatively, cognitively and emotionally. Strong and meaningful teacher-student relationships can help make this vision a reality, especially when digital tools are used to bring students in at every step of the learning process.

Regardless of the format in which instruction is delivered, teachers report that engagement happens best when the human element is front and center. And engagement drives success, setting up students to do their very best, both inside and outside the classroom..."

The Link Between EdTech, Curiosity And Creativity In The Classroom
EdSurge, October 12th, 2021

'Why do wolves howl at the moon?' - 'How do cars move?' - 'Why don't haircuts hurt?'

"Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in the presence of a child has seen how instinctively and wondrously curious they are about the world around them. Their developing brains observe and question the new, unfamiliar or confusing in an effort to understand the world and their place in it. Such exploration is key to learning. But if you're like me, your K-12 experience focused more on educational standards than creative exploration.

Education is complicated. Schools and districts are tasked with many challenges-from classroom management and test scores to student safety and emotional well-being. It's not surprising, then, that the more creative, exploratory elements of instruction take a backseat at times. Yet, we know that teachers deem them essential..."

DDN News
AI And The Rise Of Intelligent Infrastructure Platforms
DDN News, October 14th, 2021

Businesses in every market recognize Artificial Intelligence as a critical business priority. Research shows time and again, companies that can scale AI, and implement it in production, are seeing enormous returns on their investments. Other businesses are struggling to reach important milestones or failing to scale workloads in production

"To create meaningful business change, AI requires a clearly defined data-led approach. How that data is collected, managed, and analyzed is a cornerstone consideration for companies who see the application of AI to their industry as the key differentiator. From real-time decision-making and breakthrough research to better customer service, AI is ready to amplify value and create new opportunities for businesses prepared to take advantage. Making the right infrastructure choice is essential to maximizing productivity and managing costs as applications grow over time..."

DDN Federal Government Business Grows Over 30% As Company Doubles Size Of Federal Team
DDN News, October 13th, 2021

DDN Makes Long-term Investments and Offers Best in Class AI and Multicloud Storage Solutions in Support of U.S. Federal Digital Transformation

DDN, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management solutions, today announced it has expanded DDN Federal division, doubling the size of its team over the past nine months.

DDN's Federal Government group is expanding under the guidance of new vice president of Federal Sales, Jeff Jordan, who is bolstering the team with technical, system architecture and sales expertise to provide optimized solutions for scalable multicloud, AI and converged data storage requirements. These long-term investments are in response to the accelerating demand for DDN's data storage systems by the U.S. government, which resulted in more than 30% annual sales growth in 2021.

The Project Management Time Machine
Project Smart, October 11th, 2021

Over the years, we've all made mistakes on our projects. But hopefully, we've learned from our mistakes, big and small, to become better project managers.

"I can think back to errors in my early career and wince. These days, however, I share my learnings with our apprentices, hoping they will wince slightly less in the future than I do now.

If you're like me and further along in your career, what would you go back and tell your younger self to do differently?

Here's the advice I'd give my younger self if I had a time machine..."

IT - Operations
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Next Big Issue For CIOs
CIO, October 13th, 2021

Google, Salesforce, SAP, and others are making it easier for CIOs to manage greenhouse gas emissions, not just in the server room but across the whole enterprise.

"CIOs have a significant role to play in helping enterprises report and reduce greenhouse gas emission - and it goes way beyond switching to energy-efficient cloud computing or turning off the office PCs at night.

That's the message coming out of recent customer events put on by software and IT services vendors including SAP, Salesforce, and Google, which this week is making sustainability a big feature of its Next 21 cloud computing event..."

Best Change Management Tools For 2021
CIOinsight, October 12th, 2021

Winston Churchill once said, 'To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.' If he'd had to deal with modern IT environments, he might have reconsidered.

"The world of IT deals with enormous challenges, many of them to do with too much change, too fast. IT is being asked to add new systems, rip out old ones, move everything to the cloud tomorrow, make sure everything is virtualized, refresh all the servers and PCs, and of course digitalize the entire infrastructure and enact endless security provisions across all systems.

This of course is impossible. Nevertheless, it is largely what is being demanded. Regardless of how much or how little of the IT shopping list is being implemented, there is a phenomenal amount of change occurring. Change management tools are an attempt to bring some sanity to the wild world of changing IT..."

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Shadow IT?
SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021

As employees continue working remotely, the prevalence of shadow IT grows. This inevitability is forcing IT leaders to weigh the pros and cons of unsanctioned technology use.

"Workers want a way to do their jobs efficiently. Many turn to their own applications to do so.

Employees commonly turn to unsanctioned email accounts, messenger platforms, video conferencing products, collaboration tools and file-sharing services, among other applications.

The significant amount of shadow IT that employees use within the enterprise has been a longtime challenge for many CIOs. And use is on the rise as employees expect consumer experiences in the workplace. That's especially true for the new generation of digital natives. Yet, IT leaders can use shadow IT activities to recognize its value as feedback and proceed accordingly, while also taking the necessary risk mitigation steps..."

What Is DCIM? Data Center Infrastructure Management
ServerWatch, October 11th, 2021

Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a set of best practices that provide centralized management of data centers

"With the right tools, the data center operators can monitor their system operation status and manage equipment and wiring seamlessly. DCIM makes the operation management of data centers easier and more flexible.

In this article, we discuss DCIM, why it is necessary, and its benefits..."

IT - Security
Why CISOs Need A New Approach To Cloud Security, October 11th, 2021

While the last decade has seen a number of enterprises experimenting with cloud, the pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption significantly, in part due to the surge of remote work

"Today cloud represents a new way of doing business, alongside new rules around ownership and responsibility, and new cybersecurity considerations to take into account. In fact, one of the key challenges that often remains unaddressed is the phenomenal rise of cyber security incidents, including data theft, cryptomining, and ransomware, among others. The need of the hour is to protect organizations from cyber attacks, whether they are in the initial stages of cloud adoption or in a mature and steady environment. In a recent interaction with CXOToday, Kapil Makhija, Head-Technology Cloud Business, Oracle India, explains how CISOs should learn to defend against cyber-attacks and gear up for a cloud-first world..."

The Changing Role Of The CISO
Tripwire, October 11th, 2021

Back in the early days of networking, many companies assigned all of the responsibilities to anyone who showed any aptitude towards operating a computer

"In many companies, this was an accountant or someone else who also managed sensitive financial information. The assumption was that the person managing the corporate books was the most trustworthy person in the organization. This is perhaps true of finance, but as you can imagine, not only were the networks poorly managed, but the security consisted of whatever the software manufacturer put into place.

As computer science evolved not only as a discipline but also as a career, more companies recognized the need for more qualified individuals to manage the machines. Along with the evolution of computing, security slowly emerged. However, it creeped along with the same approach as the early networking days, that is, it was trusted to the network administrators..."

4 Cybersecurity Best Practices For Edge Computing
Networkworld, October 14th, 2021

Incidents of cyber-attacks against IT networks are intensifying globally

"The recent spate of ransomware attacks on the American oil pipeline system and the global meat supply chain highlights both the vulnerabilities that exist in our IT infrastructure, as well as the devastating impact these cyber breaches can have even when that breach might seem relatively innocuous. In the case of the Colonial Pipeline hack, the attack reportedly only reached the front-end business IT systems, not the IT and operations technology (OT) that actually control the pipeline itself. But, nonetheless, the attack resulted in shutting down the entire pipeline for a period of time causing alarming gas shortages up and down much of the East Coast of the United States. Long lines and panic buying became the norm for days..."

5 Best Practices To Improve Remote Workforce Security
Security Boulevard, October 14th, 2021

Remote workforces are here to stay. By the end of 2021, 51% of all knowledge workers worldwide are expected to be working remotely, up from 27% of knowledge workers in 2019, according to Gartner, Inc.

"This unprecedented (and fast) increase in remote workers introduced new security challenges and considerations. As enterprises extended their systems and IT environments to accommodate long-term remote work, malicious actors respond with phishing scams, cloud vulnerability exploits, endpoint ransomware attempts, and more.

By following some industry best practices, you can repair what may have been overlooked, improve IT security, and support and empower your workforce to work-from-home (WFH).

Here are five best practices that you can use to validate and improve your WFH security strategy:..."

6 Ways The Pandemic Has Triggered Long-Term Security Changes
CSO Online, October 11th, 2021

With some changes prompted by COVID-19 likely to be permanent, enterprises will need to revise their data security strategies

"Some of the changes to IT environments prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic-primarily work-from-home (WFH) and cloud adoption-are here to stay and will require long-term revisions to enterprise cybersecurity strategies.

The often hasty measures that many organizations have deployed to ensure that remote workers can securely access enterprise data will need to be replaced or strengthened with controls that can address the requirements of a post-pandemic world, security experts say. There will be a need for capabilities that enable better visibility, control, and management of IT infrastructures where data is scattered across on-premises and cloud environments and users access it from both managed and unmanaged networks and devices..."

Analysis Of 80 Million Ransomware Samples Reveals A World Under Attack
tripwire, October 14th, 2021

Google has released a report taking a close look at the more than 80 million ransomware samples uploaded to its VirusTotal service in the last year and a half.

"Each day, approximately 150,000 ransomware samples were analysed by the free VirusTotal service after being submitted by suspicious computer users, and shared with the security community to enhance their threat intelligence and improve anti-virus products.

VirusTotal's first Ransomware Activity Report reveals that it received ransomware submissions from 140 different countries around the world, and discovered at least 130 different ransomware families had been active since January 2020.

During deeper analysis of a smaller, curated and representative set of around one million double-checked ransomware samples, VirusTotal determined that the Gandcrab ransomware-as-a-service operation rules the chart for the most commonly seen family of ransomware by number of samples delivered, thanks largely to a surge in activity in early 2020:..."

Data Breach Numbers, Costs And Impacts All Rise In
Security Boulevard, October 11th, 2021

By almost any measure, the breadth, depth and impact of data breaches have dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a roundup of the numbers.

"Last week, we examined new legislation that would mandate reporting of critical infrastructure data breaches.

But that blog raised many follow-up questions and comments from readers, like:

  • Are ransomware attacks considered data breaches?
  • Show me the numbers - where are the documented increases, and what did they truly cost?
  • How is the U.S. different from the rest of the world when it comes to data breaches and related costs to organizations?


Let's start by addressing the last two questions..."

Increased Security Spending To Support Distributed Workforce
Dark Reading, October 14th, 2021

Security leaders are deploying or actively considering cloud security, threat intel, and XDR technologies

"With the easing of pandemic-related restrictions, many organizations are embracing a hybrid workforce - with some employees returning to the office full time, part time, or remaining fully remote.

As a result, security leaders are interested in remote worker technology, cloud security products such as cloud access security broker (CASB), and integrated risk management technologies. Data from the Dark Reading and Omdia Enterprise Security in a Post-Pandemic World report shows many security leaders expect cybersecurity spending to increase over the next few months. Interest is also high in capabilities that are critical to support a distributed workforce and increased cloud adoption..."

Security Threats Are Evolving Too Quickly For Businesses To Keep Up
ITProPortal, October 11th, 2021

Businesses are struggling with staff shortages and asset visibility

"Cybercriminals are coming up with new attack methods and technologies faster than businesses can adapt, leaving them vulnerable to data theft and more. This is according to a new report from security education firm ISMG, funded by ReliaQuest.

Surveying more than 200 respondents from a variety of industries, ISMG found that the sophistication of adversaries and attacks that 'evolve faster than we can adapt' is the single greatest challenge for almost two-thirds (60 percent) of businesses..."

The Best Cybersecurity Strategy: Comprehensive Asset Management
eWeek, October 11th, 2021

A Joint Cybersecurity Advisory listed the most commonly exploited software vulnerabilities, and provided guidance on using extended visibility and software asset management to mitigate emerging threats.

"It's not a sexy, cutting-edge algorithm, but research shows comprehensive asset management is your best tool to mitigate the most commonly exploited vulnerabilities.

A Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, authored by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), presented the top 30 vulnerabilities routinely exploited in 2020. The importance of keeping software assets patched and compliant becomes abundantly clear..."

The Challenges Of Being A CISO During The COVID-19 Pandemic
IT Security Guru, October 14th, 2021

IT Security Guru catches up with Security Serious Unsung Heroes Awards finalist Dominic Grunden to get his take on being a CISO during the pandemic

"The pre-COVID-19 CISO. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been a tumultuous time for Chief information security officers (CISOs) who on any given day have a long and complicated list of responsibilities. CISOs are no strangers to disruption and challenges, but during the pandemic they have faced many disruptions it has caused and created a wealth of new challenges.

Securing a rapid transition to a remote workforce. COVID-19 accelerated the shift to remote working globally and, while the opportunity to work from anywhere has been welcomed by many globally, it has presented multiple security challenges..."

The CISO Reporting Structure Is Broken
FCW, October 14th, 2021

How can a cybersecurity leader secure government assets against adversaries when they aren't afforded the authority to act in their agency's best interest?

"This question is increasingly important in today's environment. In a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, five out of 12 federal agencies said they faced "an increase in certain types of cyberattacks" when working remotely. Supporting a remote workforce is here to stay. To protect against the increasingly hostile threat landscape, it's up to agency leaders to look for opportunities to gain operational security efficiencies and organizational improvement..."

In Person: vBeers South Florida (Biergarten Boca) (October 20th)
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online - Zoom

vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!


  • Wednesday 20th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • Wednesday 27th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami


  • Wednesday 3rd - Zoom
  • Wednesday 10th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • Wednesday 17th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • Wednesday 24th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

IT - Linux
How Windows NTFS Finally Made It Into Linux
The Register, October 13th, 2021

Microsoft's New Technology File System has been with us for decades and at long, long last it's going to be fully supported for penguins

"Love it or hate it, Linux users in a Windows world must deal with Microsoft's New Technology File System (NTFS). This has always been a pain in the rump. Even after Microsoft finally gave up on its anti-Linux rhetoric and released its patents to the open-source community and expressively opened up its exFAT patents, we still couldn't get into NTFS.

Things have changed. Starting with the Linux 5.15 kernel, NTFS is finally being fully supported in Linux. This journey hasn't been easy..."

The Best Part Of Windows 11 Is A Revamped Windows Subsystem For Linux
Ars Technica, October 11th, 2021

WSL is finally easy to install-and offers automatic sound/graphics support

"In our main Windows 11 review posted earlier this week, we covered the majority of new features and design decisions in Microsoft's newest consumer OS-and it feels reasonable to characterize the overall impression given there as "lukewarm." The good news is that we still hadn't covered the best part of Windows 11: Linux..."

5 Open Source Offensive Security Tools For Red Teaming
SearchSecurity, October 11th, 2021

To be an effective red teamer, you need the right tools in your arsenal. These are five of the open source offensive security tools worth learning

"One of the harder cybersecurity areas to develop and maintain a skill base for is the red team. For those on the offense side of the security equation -- for example, penetration testers -- it can be challenging to establish an initial set of skills and keep them sharp over the long term.

Other than large companies, few organizations can afford full-time red teams. So, unless you're employed by a service provider such as a consultancy or MSSP that offers offense-based services to clients, there are few positions relative to defenders..."

Open Source Security Foundation Raises $10 Million In New Commitments To Secure Software Supply Chains
The Linux Foundation, October 13th, 2021

Industry leaders from technology, financial services, telecom, and cybersecurity sectors respond to Biden's Executive Order, commit to a more secure future for software; open source luminary Brian Behlendorf becomes general manager

"The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced it has raised $10 million in new investments to expand and support the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a cross-industry collaboration that brings together multiple open source software initiatives under one umbrella to identify and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in open source software and develop improved tooling, training, research, best practices, and vulnerability disclosure practices..."

Building The Gpu-Accelerated Datacenter
insideBIGDATA, October 13th, 2021

Data volumes have been increasing for years - and researchers expect they will continue to increase in the coming years

"Meanwhile, edge computing, 5G-fueled hyperconnectivity, artificial intelligence (AI), and other new technologies we've been hearing about for years are becoming real solution realities, not research projects.

For these and many other reasons, organizations and the technologists that support them are being forced to reimagine the datacenter that is still the heart of most data-reliant organizations. Modern datacenters need to be ready for what's next, ideally without downtime or unplanned costs​..."

IT - DevOps
What Does The Future Of DevOps Look Like?, October 14th, 2021

During the past couple of years, we have seen a rapid acceleration of digital transformation.

"Many businesses have been leveraging the benefits of DevOps and the cloud to accelerate their digital transformation journeys. With so many changes going on in the industry, it is time to take a look ahead at what DevOps is becoming and how DevOps teams are managing change across the lifecycle.

On October 27, DeployHub CEO and CDF Board Member Tracy Ragan will discuss the future of DevOps and the convergence of GitOps, event-based continuous delivery and the coming use of microservice catalogs at DevOps Experience: The Roaring 2020s Virtual Summit, during her session 'Tomorrow's DevOps Pipeline - A Radical Shift.'

IT - Cloud
Private Clouds Remain Central In A Multi-Cloud World
eWeek, October 12th, 2021

With the continued popularity of private cloud, the flexible cloud model - with its pay-as-you-go, deploy-as-you-need resources - is finding a steady home inside the 'glass house' of the data center.

"Private clouds are a moving target - both for customers and vendors - even as they are being redefined in a rapidly expanding hybrid-cloud world. Some are even renaming them, with terms like dedicated clouds, internal clouds or corporate clouds. The names may vary, but the key drivers for safety and security remain the same.

Private clouds are a moving target - both for customers and vendors - even as they are being redefined in a rapidly expanding hybrid-cloud world. Some are even renaming them, with terms like dedicated clouds, internal clouds or corporate clouds. The names may vary, but the key drivers for safety and security remain the same.

At a time when public clouds are stealing the media spotlight, private clouds will not go gently into that good night. Why won't they go away?..."

How To Optimize Your Hybrid Cloud Architecture
InformationWeek, October 11th, 2021

Enterprises increasingly rely on a hybrid cloud strategy to deliver scalability, flexibility, configurability, and control. But for many, cloud spend is wasted money. Here's how to reap the full benefits.

"Organizations continue the aggressive movement of their operations to the cloud. According to Flexera's 2021 State of the Cloud report, 80% of enterprises are utilizing a hybrid cloud strategy.

Respondents to Flexera's report estimate that 30% of their organizations' cloud budgets are wasted. Managing cloud spend continues to be a self-designated top challenge among businesses of all sizes, and for good reason.

With cloud spend on the rise, it's more important than ever to have high-level understanding on how you can optimize your hybrid architecture to reap full benefits and leave no money or technology on the table..."

4 Tips For Adopting A Multicloud Strategy
CIODIVE, October 14th, 2021

Companies are reshaping technology stacks with flexibility in mind, matching solutions to ideal workloads. The risk lies in sprawl and cost overrun

"With architecture strategies percolating in a hybrid-friendly, remote operations world, cloud spend is up across the board this year, coinciding with a decrease in on-premises software spend.

Companies are investing more in public cloud resources, the second-highest category for IT spend increases behind SaaS, Flexera's 2021 tech spend report shows..."

5 Emerging Cloud Computing Trends For 2022
IT Business Edge, October 14th, 2021

Consumer and enterprise adoption of cloud storage has exploded in recent years

"Research and advisory firm Gartner estimates public spending on cloud services will close out the year up 23% from 2020, totaling $332 billion. Much of the growth has been attributed to the pandemic-led pivot to remote work, and the cloud industry is constantly finding new ways to keep up with the demand, along with growing adoption of existing methodologies. Here are five trends that are set to shake up cloud computing in 2022 and beyond:..."

Breaking Analysis: The Hybrid Cloud Tug Of War Gets Real
Wikibon, October 16th, 2021

It looks like Hybrid cloud is finally here. We've seen a decade of posturing, marketecture, slideware and narrow examples but there's little question that the definition of cloud is expanding to include on-premises workloads in hybrid models

"Depending on which numbers you choose to represent IT spending, public cloud accounts for less than 5% of the total pie. So the big question is how will this now evolve? Customers want control, governance, security, flexibility and a feature-rich set of services to build their digital businesses. It's unlikely they can buy all that - so they're going to have to build it with partners. Specifically vendors, SIs, consultancies, and their own developers. The tug-of-war to win the new cloud day has finally started in earnest - between the hyperscalers and the largest enterprise tech companies in the world.

In this Breaking Analysis we'll walk you through how we see the battle for hybrid cloud. How we got here, where we are today and where it's headed. With some fresh data on OPEX vs. CAPEX spending from Enterprise Technology Research (ETR)..."

Evaluate Cloud Database Security Controls, Best Practices
SearchCloudSecurity, October 13th, 2021

If your company is using a cloud database provider, it's critical to stay on top of security. Review the security features offered by managed and traditional cloud storage services.

"More data than ever before is being put into cloud-based storage repositories. Leading cloud providers offer an array of storage options, yet databases remain the most common choice in today's enterprises. Because databases are updated so frequently, it's important to review their security controls regularly.

When it comes to cloud databases, organizations have two options: run their own in the cloud or use a cloud provider's managed database services..."

Hybrid Cloud: Five Key Questions In 2021
ComputerWeekly, October 13th, 2021

We look at key need-to-knows about hybrid cloud in 2021, including how it is defined, key use cases, the main pitfalls and where it's heading

"Hybrid cloud promises the best of both worlds. It offers the flexibility, scalability and economy of public cloud infrastructure, with the performance, control and security of on-premise IT systems.

In practice it is often a compromise, driven by the need to support different business processes, use cases, regulatory requirements, IT skills and budgets.

The US government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines hybrid cloud as, 'cloud infrastructure 'that' is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardised or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability'..."

What Is Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)?
Security Boulevard, October 13th, 2021

The rapid scalability of the cloud alongside improving cost efficiency, global accessibility, and unbeatable performance are just some benefits that have fueled its rapid adoption.

"However, cloud security remains front and center when it comes to challenges organizations must overcome when moving from on-site resources to a completely new model of infrastructure.

Cloud Security Posture Management, or CSPM, is a collective group of cloud security tools and technologies that help reduce the risks associated with adopting the cloud for organizations of all sizes, but especially for large enterprises that may find many gaps in their complex databases. Here's what you need to know about CSPM and how it can benefit your business..."

Architecting Cloud Workloads For Financial Reporting: Best Practices
eWeek, October 13th, 2021

A list of best practices for cloud architects to design systems to optimize FinOps.

"FinOps practitioners and technical teams must begin working more closely together to factor financial reporting into their architectural designs, tagging and labelling taxonomies, and other configurations. When they do, there can be significant upside to a company. When they don't, the consequences can be damaging.

Here's a case study that illustrates the need perfectly:..."

IT - Networks
4 Categories Of Network Monitoring
SearchNetworking, October 12th, 2021

Network teams should routinely monitor the states of their networks. The type of network monitoring strategy used depends on the needs of the organization.

"Network monitoring can take many forms, depending on what needs to be examined. As network architectures become more software-centric and decentralized from a hybrid and multi-cloud perspective, network teams might find it confusing to understand the various types of network monitoring methods and tools.

Let's look at four categories of network monitoring, along with specific mechanisms and protocols, that can provide the right level of visibility an organization needs..."

SD-WAN Deployment Pitfalls: How to Avoid 5 Common Challenges
eWeek, October 11th, 2021

It's important to make sure your SD-WAN deployment is set up to handle issues like increases in service provider connections and changes in security policy

"As organizations embrace cloud and digital transformation initiatives - a trend that's been accelerated by the recent pandemic - they're coming to grips with the fact that traditional networks weren't architected to handle the resulting complexities and workloads.

This in turn is driving growth in flexible and robust software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) deployments, a market which analysts predict will grow from $1.9B in 2020 to over $8.4B by 2025..."

6 Wi-Fi Design Best Practices For Enterprise Networks
SearchNetworking, October 12th, 2021

Designing Wi-Fi networks doesn't need to be overly complicated. Site surveys and walks around the environment are simple steps teams can take to assess coverage requirements.

"Metal shelving, holiday trees, eco-friendly windows and microwave ovens don't sound like they have much in common. But network and Wi-Fi experts might recognize them as objects that can inhibit Wi-Fi signals and disrupt wireless designs.

Many other factors can affect Wi-Fi designs. While some problems might be unavoidable, others can be mitigated with proper planning and best practices. Even a simple walk around the environment could help, said Terry Slattery, principal architect at NetCraftsmen, during a virtual session at Enterprise Connect 2021.

In his session, Slattery provided some practical tips that network and Wi-Fi teams could follow..."

7 VPN Alternatives For Securing Remote Network Access
CSO Online, October 11th, 2021

Virtual private networks have shortcomings when it comes to protecting remote network connections. These technologies can replace or supplement it

"Once the staple for securing employees working remotely, VPNs were designed to provide secure access to corporate data and systems for a small percentage of a workforce while the majority worked within traditional office confines. The move to mass remote working brought about by COVID-19 in early 2020 changed things dramatically. Since then, it has become the norm for large numbers of employees to regularly work from home, with many only going to the office sporadically (if at all)..."

Finding The Value In Private 5G Networks
Gestalt IT, October 14th, 2021

As 5G has gone from the drawing table into the market at large, use cases for it have been hard to track down

"Sure, it sounds great for carriers who want to offer the latest and greatest, but what about the way that it can advance where we work, how we work, and the future of devices doing more of the work for us? Recently, Intel Corporation put together a great presentation outlining what Private 5G wireless networks can do for you and your business. Here are some high-points to what Intel's vision of private 5G is and how you can benefit from it..."

Network Monitoring Tools: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Security Boulevard, October 13th, 2021

For organizations that rely on their network to support their daily operations, how well the network operates can make or break their business.

"As a network admin, your core objective is to ensure that day-to-day business operations are carried out successfully. This involves optimizing the network for maximum performance and minimizing service disruptions.

Achieving these objectives boils down to a handful of factors: LAN and WAN performance, bandwidth availability and consumption, VPN availability and performance, application health, and service-level agreements.

To ensure these key factors are properly maintained, you need to:

  • Maintain an inventory of network devices.
  • Provision new hardware as needed.
  • Monitor network devices and services in real time.
  • Identify performance issues.
  • Troubleshoot issues with minimal effort and time.

This can be accomplished only with the help of network monitoring tools..."

IT - IoT
Closing The Education Gap For IoT Developers, October 11th, 2021

The most common thing I hear from developers who are building internet of things (IoT) solutions is: It isn't easy.

"And it's not. Not because of a lack of skill-the developers I interact with are incredibly talented. There's also no shortage of technologies to choose from for deploying an IoT solution. The challenge often comes down to a gap in available educational materials and learning support when in the development phase.

We've moved from the early stages of the IoT when there was a lot of talk but not a lot of application. Now, we're coming into the 'reality phase' where cheaper, large-scale IoT solutions are feasible. In this phase, developers are tasked with identifying, building and deploying technologies that they're likely having to figure out as they go. It's a tall order to expect today's developers to know the ins and outs of all of the moving pieces required for an IoT solution, including the wireless technologies that help to enable them..."

Investment In IoT Set To Overtake Cloud Computing
ITProPortal, October 14th, 2021

Businesses will invest more heavily in IoT than cloud or next-gen security

"Investment in Internet of Things (IoT) is set to surpass spending on all other major technologies, a new report from communications company Inmarsat asserts.

Polling 450 respondents from various industries for the paper, Inmarsat found that businesses now plan to spend an average of $2.8 million on IoT between now and 2024..."

Will IoT Investment Soon Surpass Cloud Computing?
Virtualization & Cloud Review, October 14th, 2021

Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat predicts Internet of Things (IoT) investment will soon overtake digital transformation technologies like Big Data, robotics and next-gen security -- and even cloud computing itself.

"That prediction is based on a new research report titled "Industrial IoT in the time of COVID-19." The data backing the prediction comes from interviews with 450 respondents from organizations with at least 250 employees across the agriculture, electrical utilities, mining, oil and gas and transport and logistics sectors in early 2021.

Respondents drawn from those multiple industries reported plans to invest the largest proportion of their IT budgets on IoT projects over the next three years, usurping cloud computing from its position as the most invested in technology during the last three years. Other digital technologies competing for IT budget investments include big data analytics, next-gen security, robotics and machine learning..."

IT - Careers
20 IT Certifications Paying The Highest Premiums Today
CIO, October 11th, 2021

Certifications can boost your salary and make you more marketable to hiring companies. These 20 certs are rising in value, offering the biggest boosts right now, according to the latest report from Foote Partners.

"IT certifications can boost your career, but it's not always easy to tell which certifications hold the most value for your resume. Moreover, pay associated with any given cert fluctuates based on business interest and the supply of IT pros who hold it. To help gauge certification values, Foote Partners tracks premiums paid for popular IT certifications in its 2021 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index report.

The cash value of IT certifications is less volatile than that of non-certified IT skills, according to David Foote, co-founder, chief analyst, and chief research officer at Foote Partners. But certifications tend to spike in value after they're launched and level out as more people get certified..."

12 Top Paying IT Certifications For 2021
IT Career Finder, October 11th, 2021

ITCareerFinder examines salary data and hiring trends to determine the top paying IT certifications and why they demand a premium

"Do IT certifications really pay off? It depends.

According to the IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index published by renowned analyst firm Foote Partners LLC, tech certifications continued their three-year plunge in value during the third quarter of 2021 and are now at their lowest point since early 2013.

However, there are still some IT certificates that employers are willing to pay extra for.

To ensure that you invest in the training and certifications that offer the highest potential return, here are 12 of the highest paying IT certifications for 2021..."

Kick The Job Candidate Out Of Your Office
Ask The Headhunter, October 15th, 2021

The current employment climate seems to be the new normal. At my company it's just very difficult to get new hires.

A reader notes, "There's a lot of speculation about why the labor market is so tight, but no one has really identified the reason. (Do you have any ideas?) That's why I'm reconsidering how I interview a job candidate. Once I get them to meet with me, I want to optimize my chances of actually getting them on board, assuming they're the right person! The traditional interview just doesn't do it. Can you offer any tips on how a manager can run the job interview for a better outcome? I can't afford to keep wasting good applicants! If I can pull this off I'll be a hero. Thanks..."

Nick replies, "I like a manager that realizes it's time to upend the recruiting, interviewing and hiring process. My compliments..."

The Great Resignation: 14 Stats On The State Of The IT Career Market
The Enterprisers Project, October 12th, 2021

If you're an IT job seeker, or a manager looking to stem the departures, consider these telling data points

"The turnover tsunami has officially begun: Twice the number of workers in the U.S. are looking to jump ship now versus two years ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest HR association in the U.S.

That's a result of the pent-up desire for greener pastures that employees put on hold during the uncertain days of the pandemic. Good news for IT professionals pursuing opportunities now: There are more positions than ever before as technology job growth continues to outpace the overall job growth rate in the U.S..."

IT Certification Mistakes To Avoid
CIO, October 15th, 2021

Certifications can be a real boon to your career or those of your staff - unless you fall prey to these common pitfalls.

"Marko Djakovic knew that getting a formal tech certification could help his career. He finished an AWS course and got the accompanying certification, but that was only going to be the first step. 'I planned to pass more courses and become a cloud architect,' says Djakovic, who works as a digital project manager at Best Response Media. 'That way, I would become the only one in the company with that knowledge.'

But there was a catch: After he started on this path, he realized he didn't like where it was going. 'As it turned out,' he says, 'to become a cloud architect, I would have to change my job to involve more coding, which I don't want to do. So I don't use the knowledge I gained, and probably never will.'

IT - Email
MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), October 14th, 2021

MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is an extension of the original Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) email protocol. It lets users exchange different kinds of data files, including audio, video, images and application programs, over email.

"Unlike SMTP, MIME supports sending both ASCII text and non-ASCII data via email. For text in character sets other than ASCII, the MIME protocol is required.

Drawbacks of SMTP

SMTP, which emerged in 1981, is a standard protocol for delivering messages via email. However, the original SMTP protocol supported only 7-bit ASCII text communications that were both unauthenticated and unencrypted. With only 94 printable characters in ASCII, the system cannot deal with binary files or characters in non-English languages that use different writing systems, accented letters, etc.

Pure SMTP also does not accommodate sending video or audio data..."

IT - Backup
Top 5 Large Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions, October 14th, 2021

Cobalt Iron Compass, Commvault Complete Data Protection, HYCU for VMware, Unitrends Unified BCDR, Veritas NetBackup

"DCIG announced the availability of the inaugural 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Large Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions report.

This report unveils the top 5 large enterprise backup solutions that organizations should consider for protecting their applications, data, and workloads hosted on vSphere.

vSphere Leads in Enterprise Server Virtualization

Analyst market reports that track server virtualization software indicate it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. These reports also find vSphere maintains its lead as the server virtualization platform large enterprises most use..."

Securing BYOD In The Post-Pandemic World, October 11th, 2021

Securing devices employees bring from home

"There have been more changes to cloud and network access during the pandemic than in the previous five years together. Personal devices accessing corporate networks increased 20% in 2020, creating new complexity and increasing risk. New approaches to work are making IT rethink policies and cybersecurity practices for end-user devices. Many of these new policies are more lenient, allowing more and different devices to be used, but they also are creating more chaos.

More than 80% of IT professionals believe workers are violating their company's rules, inadvertently or otherwise, leaving them blind to about 40% of the end-user hardware accessing their networks..."

IT - Big Data
Be The Best - 9 Ways To Market Your Business With Big Data
SmartDataCollective, October 15th, 2021

Data-driven marketing is becoming more important than ever, so you need to use these practices strategically

"Big data technology has been a highly valuable asset for many companies around the world. Countless companies are utilizing big data to improve many aspects of their business. Some of the best applications of data analytics aand AI technology has been in the field of marketing.

Data-Driven Marketing is More Important than Ever

The competition out there is fierce, so it is vital that you find ways to make your business stand out from the crowd. Your approach to marketing your company should be unique and exciting to snare customers. Your product and service should be top class to retain them. This is where data-driven marketing strategies come into play..."

IT - Encryption
Homomorphic Encryption: How Is Intel Bringing It To The Market?
Gestalt IT, October 12th, 2021

In my last post, I wrote about how encryption is necessary for business, especially in the Healthcare industry

"Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) is a newer form of encryption that allows systems to work on encrypted data without the need to access the private key, the cryptographic information used by the encryption algorithm to protect the data. This makes data more secure as a compromise of the private key means that the encryption is basically useless as a bad guy could decrypt any data secured by it. Intel is doing its part to bring new instruction sets to their Xeon processors so FHE can be performed within applications, without the need to decrypt the data..."

The Benefits & Limitations of SSL Certificates
Security Boulevard, October 12th, 2021

Today, secure browsing is non-negotiable and SSL certificates play a crucial role in ensuring the same. However, SSL has advantages and disadvantages that organizations should be aware of

"With this knowledge, it is possible to capitalize on the benefits of SSL certificates while being cognizant of the disadvantages of SSL.

In this article, we explore SSL advantages and disadvantages to help you strengthen SSL security...

One of the key benefits of SSL certificates for websites is that they help strengthen data security. Powered by cryptography, they secure connections between the browser and server while protecting the data in transmission. The level of encryption of data is so high and complex that even if a data breach occurs, the attacker will not be able to fully decrypt and understand data in its entirety..."

IT - Developer
Python Has Become the Most Popular Language, According to TIOBE
Linuxiac, October 11th, 2021

According to a TIOBE statement in October 2021, Python is now the most popular programming language in the world.

"According to the latest ratings from the software company TIOBE, Python is now the most popular programming language in the world. The so-called TIOBE Index is based on the number of language searches performed online, which may also be a measure of a language's popularity.

For the first time in more than 20 years we have a new leader of the pack: the Python programming language. The long-standing hegemony of Java and C is over...."

IT - CxO Events
CIO's Future Of Edge Computing Summit (Oct. 19-20th)
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM Wednesday, October 20th

Top CIOs, CTOs and edge computing leaders across all industries will share insights drawn from their experiences. Here is a look at some of the leading IT executives who have joined CIO Summits in 2021. We will announce more information about the speakers for CIO's Future of Edge Computing Summit soon.

If you don't have a strategy in place for edge computing now, you'll need one soon: Researchers predict that 90 percent of industrial enterprises will use edge computing by 2022. Here's where you can figure out your strategy on how to use edge computing to deliver business speed and value - while also mitigating security risks.

Hosted by CIO

CIO: Manage Cloud Sprawl and Create Consistency Across Hybrid Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Environments (Oct. 19th)
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us to learn and network with IT executives on strategies for implementing a consistent management workflow to control technology sprawl.

Virtualization...containerization...server automation...hyper-converged infrastructures. Over the past 18 months, each of these concepts has seen accelerated adoption across all industries. In so doing, many organizations have witnessed a spike in complexity and fragmentation, prompting many to explore how to overcome inconsistency and complexity while dealing with application sprawl and siloed data across cloud providers. Organizations find their use of multiple clouds was born out of decentralized IT practices, making it challenging for IT Ops teams to untangle the complexity.

Join CIO contributing editor Lane Cooper and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, IBM, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Hosted by CIO and IBM

Angelbeat: Microsoft, AWS, Google And IBM Discuss How To Modernize And Migrate Mainframe, HPC & High-volume Transaction Applications (Oct. 19th)
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021: 11:50 AM to 3:30 PM

Microsoft, AWS, Google and IBM discuss how to modernize and migrate mainframe, high performance computing (HPC) and high-volume transaction applications, that share some common features

Angelbeat Mainframe HPC Quantum Oct 19 - Virtual

Common features such as:

  • Low Latency
  • Five 9 Reliability/Uptime
  • Mission Critical
  • Computing, Performance & Data Intensive

This is a unique opportunity to understand solutions from the four most influential technology/cloud providers. By attending you will:

  • Learn how to build an optimized hybrid architecture that integrates on-prem hardware and software, plus cloud computing capabilities.
  • Analyze case studies that demonstrate how a hybrid cloud platform meets - and often exceeds - the speed and performance of on-prem hardware/software only, plus how GCP, AWS and Azure cloud services integrate with your IBM mainframe.
  • Understand the financial tradeoffs between upgrading existing on-prem solutions - upfront capital expenses plus data center/physical infrastructure support costs - versus a pay-for-what-you-need cloud model.
  • Develop strategies to address a growing shortage of mainframe programmers - how will you maintain and/or update legacy systems?

There will be a special discussion on Quantum Computing, which offers the promise of exponential improvements in computational speed/power and can revolutionize applications currently handled by mainframe and HPC platforms. Hosted by Angelbeat

Tintri: Demo Wednesdays (Oct. 20th)
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Have you ever wanted more time in your day, allowing time to focus on more valuable projects in the organization? What if you could have more time AND AI-driven autonomous operations, app-level visibility, and precise analytics that drive down storage management costs by up to 95%?

Thousands of companies have saved millions of management hours using Tintri Intelligent Infrastructure. You can watch our customer testimonials and read a multitude of case studies to find out why so many trust Tintri and sing our praises, or we can simply show you.

Hosted by Tintri

CIONET:Weekly Spotlight (Oct. 20th)
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

In this weekly series of 30-minute live talks, we are putting the spotlight on top global Digital Leaders to bring you high-value insights with regards to technology, transformation, people, culture, and the future of work.

In this weekly series of 30-minute live talks, we are putting the spotlight on top global Digital Leaders to bring you high-value insights with regards to technology, transformation, people, culture, and the future of work.

Hosted by CIONET

CIO: The Evolution of Business-Centric IT Ops Strategies for Retail Sector (Oct. 20th)
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join CIO contributing editor Lane Cooper, and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, Kyndryl, for this private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Spending on hybrid, multi-cloud infrastructure technologies is now standard across all types of retailers, even though most retail budgets were stressed in 2020. Indeed, many retailers are accelerating their digital transformation efforts through current and planned investments in cloud and mobile-based inventory management, self-checkout, fulfillment, demand forecasting, price, and promo optimization, among other initiatives. These trends raise a couple of crucial questions:

What drives these decisions, and to what extent are business-centric considerations at the center of technology modernization initiatives? More importantly, how can IT operations (IT Ops) be optimized to support these business transformation activities?

Hosted by CIO and Kyndryl

IDC: Using Automation to Close the IT Skills Gap and Drive Innovation for the Business (Oct. 21st)
Thursday, October 21st, 2021: 2:00 PM to 93:00 PM

Join IDC analyst Jevin Jensen and subject-matter experts from Red Hat for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable professionally moderated by Ed Callan. During this off-the-record roundtable you'll have a chance to compare notes with fellow IT executives responsible for their organization's IT operations and infrastructure.


The business climate is changing, and events over the past 18 months have forced companies to rethink their IT and business strategies, and for many, IT automation is playing a critical role to remain competitive. Workforce shortages are spreading across the new economic landscape and many operation team members are aging out.

IT is challenged to recruit difficult to find IT operational roles and skillsets, and automation is playing a critical role in enabling IT organizations to maintain high service delivery levels and enable the business to innovate against its objectives.

Hosted by IDC, Red Hat and Intel

Citrix Converge 2021 - October 25-28th
Monday, October 25th, 2021: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Thursday, October 28th, 2021

As the workplace has expanded beyond the office to homes, coffee shops and beyond, technical professionals are challenged with making resources accessible from any physical location and device while balancing demands for convenience, simplicity, usability and, of course, security.

Citrix Converge 2021 is the premiere global developer conference for Citrix partners and customers, accessible virtually and at no cost. Attendees will have access to tutorials and sessions catering to every variety of hands-on technical professional...

Hosted by Citrix

WebexOne 2021 (Oct. 26th-27th)
Tuesday, October 26th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday, October 27th

WebexOne is a two-day virtual event showcasing the voice of our customers and addressing their needs, especially helping them succeed in hybrid work and customer experience. You'll discover the latest Webex products, innovations, and acquisitions.

WebexOne offers a deep dive into all the latest Webex product innovations, from hybrid work to customer experience.

And that's not all. We'll be featuring special guest speakers, 30 learning sessions, and a chance to network with innovators like you.

Hosted by Cisco

Angelbeat: Healthcare & Life Sciences Post-COVID Innovations (Oct. 27th)
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021: 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

AWS, Microsoft, Google and other Industry leaders discuss the latest technologies driving Post-Covid innovations in healthcare, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical research and related fields. There is a special end user case study from Wellstar Health, one of the largest healthcare providers in Georgia.


Some of the specific and highly relevant topics covered include:

  • Personalized, Enhanced and Digitally-Centric Patient Care.
  • Find and Stop Ransomware, Malicious Payloads and Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Security Awareness Training to prevent data breaches and release of PHI
  • Amazon HealthLake Platform that enables HIPAA-Eligible Data Query and Analytics at Scale
  • Private, Public, Hybrid, Multi Cloud Architecture that meets HIPAA and HITRUST Requirements Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Deployment Recommendations to - -

  • Improve System-Wide Productivity and Eliminate Inefficiencies
  • Low & No-Code Software Development for Streamlined and Customized Clinical Operations
  • AI-Powered Cloud Compliance with HIPAA, HITRUST, other healthcare regulations

This is a unique opportunity to understand industry-specific solutions from the most influential technology/cloud providers.

Hosted by Angelbeat

CIO: Executive Perspectives on Digital Agility and Ensuring Hybrid Work Success (Oct. 28th)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us to learn and network with IT executives on how IT teams are shifting their strategic priorities around digital transformation and hybrid work.

The world has been reshaped in the past 18 months and the CIO playbook is changing as a result. Join your peers and executives from Cisco to share your thinking about critical IT goals and evolving plans for digital transformation, cloud strategies, and the future of hybrid work, among other vital topics. We want to learn what's top-of-mind for you and your organization, and how your priorities are changing, what challenges you're tackling, and what the future holds for return-to-work, digital business and more.

Join CIO contributing editor John Gallant and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, Cisco, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Hosted by CIO and Ciso

AWS: Fast, Secure Continuous Delivery for Cloud-Native Applications (Oct. 28th)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join DevOps Institute and AWS to learn how complex organizations can free developers to be creative and agile with cloud-native technologies like Kubernetes and serverless to support the speed of business today.


As engineering teams increasingly look to leverage cloud-native technologies and adopt DevOps practices to build and deliver applications to keep up with the speed of business, democratizing technology effectively remains a challenge for many organizations. To achieve Continuous Delivery that scales, there's a careful balance between enabling developers to use the technologies they prefer to work with and enterprise IT maintaining security, visibility and control.

Hosted by AWS

InformationWeek: End to End Automation: A Game Changer for Improving Workforce Efficiency (Oct. 28th)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us as our experts discuss how automation is changing the workforce and improving efficiency.

As enterprises seek to automate more of their knowledge work and repetitive processes, they're looking for new ways to leverage technology to speed and streamline the effort. Traditionally, these challenges have been addressed individually with a variety of different automation strategies, but increasingly businesses are integrating their automation efforts into a single approach that is easier to manage, less costly, and more effective.

Hosted by InformationWeek

IDC: Overcoming Barriers to Modernizing Enterprise Document-Centric Processes (Oct. 28th)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join IDC analyst Steve Charbonnier and subject-matter experts from ASG Technologies for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable professionally moderated by Ed Callan for a chance to compare notes with fellow IT and line of business executives responsible for automating their organization's document-centric processes

Enterprises rely on document-centric processes for mission-critical activities including customer and employee onboarding, account openings and management, financial reconciliations, customer communications, loan/mortgage origination, incident reporting and resolution, and countless others. Unfortunately, many enterprises' document-centric processes remain paper-based, inefficient and out of date and are in dire need of modernization to improve organizational efficiency, increase agility, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and reduce costs.

Hosted by IDC, ASG, CIO

ITProToday: How To Build A Crisis-Resilient Multi-Cloud Deployment (Nov. 9th)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021: 12:00:00 PM to 1:00PM

The complexity of multi-cloud deployments makes them vulnerable in new ways when compared with single-cloud or local data center deployments.


A spike in workload volume and cloud costs, a multi-vector security attack, or a disaster that takes down one of your clouds, can be a business-critical moment. To de-risk your multi-cloud adventure, you need a new approach to security, visibility, and control.

This webinar will demonstrate how to build a multi-cloud deployment that is crisis-resilient using Snapt Nova, a multi-cloud friendly ADC platform. We will simulate three multi-cloud challenges - scale, security, and cloud failure - and use Snapt Nova to stay online, secure, and in control at all times.

Hosted by ITProToday, Snapt

Angelbeat: AWS Cloud-Powered Digital Transformation (Nov. 9th)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Angelbeat has assembled multiple AWS experts, plus several of their partners, so you can understand their latest cloud-powered solutions, accelerate your digital transformation journey, and continue to innovate in a post-Covid, technology-driven world.


The content will be a focused preview of the December re:invent global AWS conference, covering many relevant topics such as:

  • Optimizing Hybrid/Multi Cloud Performance while Controlling Costs
  • Cloud Security: Protect Infrastructure, Applications and Data, Comply with Regulations and Data Locality Requirements
  • Shift Left Security: Moving Security Sooner in the Development Process
  • Hybrid Cloud and Network Architecture: Consistent Experience across AWS and On-Prem Environments
  • Cloud Governance Best Practices
  • End User Computing on AWS: Secure Solutions for the Agile Enterprise
  • Application Modernization & Migration Strategies: Containers, Kubernetes, DevOps, Cloud Native, Microservices
  • Analytics on AWS: Fastest way to Get Answers From All Your Data, To All Your Users
  • AI, ML, Automation Enterprise Use Cases and Deployment Recommendations
  • AWS Connect - Cloud Contact Centre for Automated Interaction with Customers, Users, Employees
  • Database vs Data Warehouse vs Data Lake: Comparison of Storage Platforms, Integration with IoT Data Ingestion and Analytics
  • AWS Marketplace: The Optimal Single-Source Platform for Purchasing all Your AWS and Third Party Cloud Software

Hosted by Angelbeat

CIO's Future of Cloud and Digital Infrastructure Summit (Dec. 7th-8th)
December, December 7th, 2021: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday, December 8th

Immerse yourself in cloud options designed to create faster delivery of digital services and experiences at CIO's Future of Cloud and Digital Infrastructure Summit, December 7-8, 2021. But making sense of the latest opportunities is no small task for CIOs and IT leaders.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW -- Registration opening soon!

Immerse yourself in cloud options designed to create faster delivery of digital services and experiences at CIO's Future of Cloud and Digital Infrastructure Summit, December 7-8, 2021. But making sense of the latest opportunities is no small task for CIOs and IT leaders.

Top of mind questions include: How do hybrid and cloud-native innovations impact organizations with private cloud environment needs? What are current and promising strategies to address security, privacy, governance, and regulatory concerns? And what does the future of clouds look like with innovations including containers, serverless environments and edge computing?

Attend and learn from leading CIOs and experts who will share answers to these questions and more. You'll gain unmatched insight from seasoned cloud leaders, and you'll discover how award-winning organizations are maximizing service delivery powered by future-focused cloud strategies.

Hosted by CIO

IT - CxO Security Events
DARKReading: Using Threat Hunting and Threat Intelligence to Strengthen Enterprise Cybersecurity (Oct. 19th)
Tuesday, October 19th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Attend this webinar and you'll leave with a better understanding of how to craft an even an effective defense against attacks

IT security teams are rapidly learning that an effective cyber defense means gaining a better understanding of attackers and the methods they use. In this Dark Reading webinar, top experts offer insights on how your organization can use emerging tools and practices such as threat hunting and threat intelligence to learn more about potential adversaries and proactively identify potential attacks. Attendees will also learn how they can combine these tools and practices to create an even more effective defense.

Hosted by Dark Reading and cybersixgill

ITProToday: Defend the Realm: Secure your Business with Immutable Data (Oct. 20th)
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Data immutability is emerging as a potent weapon against ransomware. But don't overlook the growing risk of hackers targeting your in-house systems as an entry point to the cloud.


In this webinar, join Microsoft MVP Andy Malone and Quest Technology Strategist Adrian Moir as they discuss not only the latest in ransomware threat research but also the increasing dangers of hybrid cloud solutions. Later, the two will reveal the best technologies for keeping your data safe, including backup and recovery, information protection, data loss prevention and endpoint management.

Specifically, the webinar will help you:

  • Gain perspective on today's ransomware threat
  • Understand how hackers are targeting your on-premises infrastructure
  • Learn about leading cloud defense technologies and how they protect your data
  • Plan and execute a hybrid cloud defense strategy based on data immutability

Register Now!

Hosted by ITProToday, Quest

EnterpriseIT: Getting Secure Access Service Edge (SASE): What Every Enterprise Should Know (Oct. 27th)
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 5:15 PM

Over the past two years, the concept of secure access service edge (SASE) networking has taken the IT industry by storm, causing many enterprises to rethink their network architectures and their fundamental approach to wide area network security

This unique, information-packed event looks at some of the key strategies an IT organization will need to consider as it moves into the SASE generation of technology and services. Leading SASE technology developers, service providers, and IT practitioners who have pioneered this new wave of networking and how it works in real-world IT environments will provide their latest insights and recommendations.

Hosted by Informa USA

CIO: Zero Trust Data Management (Oct. 27th)
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join CIO contributing editor Aaron Goldberg and subject-matter experts from Rubrik for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

As organizations struggle with the 'perimeter free' defensive posture of the future, the use of a zero-trust approach to various aspects of cyber-security has become a 'go-to' approach. This NIST standard is well suited for modern cyber-defense strategies. For many organizations the focus has been on access management, but more can be done. Extending zero-trust techniques to data management delivers many benefits and improves the security posture of the organization.

Deploying a zero-trust data management solution fits the current reality. For example, rather than depend on a 100% success rate for preventing intrusion, this new approach assumes that a breach or ransomware attack is likely and protects the data backups from it. This makes it possible to recover more quickly. A critical benefit from this approach is that it is now possible to determine the 'blast radius' or what data has been compromised. This allows SecOps or IT teams to protect data that hasn't been impacted and focus on only the compromised data. More importantly, zero-trust data management ensures that backups are protected and remain intact so they can be used to reduce the time necessary to resume operations.

Hosted by CIO and Rubrik

CIO: Security, Flexibility and Accessibility for Today's Anywhere, Anytime Workforce (Oct. 28th)
Thursday, October 28th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join us to learn and network with IT executives on how to create flexible end-user computing experiences for today's evolving workforce while at the same time promoting Zero Trust security models

In today's evolving, post-pandemic work environment, employees must work anywhere at any time. IT (jointly with HR) must supply seamless self-service and support that encourages both flexibility and productivity. Organizations are turning to more agile DevOps workflow building models. However, as these changes occur, security is getting trickier. Many enterprises are turning to Zero Trust governance and risk-avoidance models to provide integrated visibility and insights to effectively mitigate risk.

Join CIO contributing editor Charles Pelton and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, VMware, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Hosted by CIO and VMware

DARKReading: Building Automation Into Secure Application Development (Nov. 3rd)
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021: 1:00:00 PM to 2:00PM

Learn how organizations are finding new ways to speed and automate the process of developing secure code with next-generation tools and processes.

Creating secure code is crucial to enterprise application development. But many application developers resist taking extra security steps because they add extra work and time to the development process. In this Dark Reading webinar, application security experts discuss ways to speed and automate the process of developing secure code by using next-generation tools and processes.

For cybersecurity practitioners, this webinar offers insight on attractive, practical ways to add security to the development process. For application developers, this webinar offers recommendations on ways to integrate security into the development process while improving both security and efficiency.

Hosted by Dark Reading and Checkmarx

Data Connectors: Miami Cybersecurity Conference (Nov. 9th-10th)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021: 12:10 PM to 3:30 PM Wednesday, October 10th

South Florida is on its way to becoming the newest Silicon Valley - particularly if local leadership has anything to do with it

As more and more tech companies pour into the Sunshine State, it's vital for cybersecurity leaders to maintain and improve their skills, and stay ahead of the latest trends and threats. Attend the Miami Cybersecurity Conference and stay on top of your organization's security needs.

You'll sit alongside thought leaders and luminaries, and hear from experts to gather insights on the latest insights in cybersecurity. These conferences gather cyber professionals from the local community and feature extensive training sessions, live Q&A panels, access to solution providers, and networking opportunities.

Day 1

  • The State of Secure Identity
  • Disrupting Lateral Movement by Securing Active Directory
  • Expert Panel Discussion: DevSecOps: Application Security in Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Environments
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies for TCP/IP Vulnerabilities in OT
  • Remote Work - The Wild West of Endpoint Management
  • Rethinking Data Protection in the Age of Ransomware
  • CISO RoundTable
  • Community Garden Party & Networking Reception

Day 2

  • Securing the Modern API Ecosystem -Expert Panel Discussion: Recover from Ransomware: Coming Back After an Attack
  • Subject Matter Expert Session
  • Rise of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
  • Keynote: Creating Florida's First Cybersecurity Program: Lessons Learned So Far
  • Automatic Vulnerability Discovery: False Promise for the DevSecOps World?
  • Subject Matter Expert Session - More Details To Come
  • Should I Buy an EDR, PAM, or DLP? How Do I Know?
  • Featured Keynote: Pseudonymity: Catching Cyber-Criminals via Crypto-Tracing
  • Conference Final Closing Session

Hosted by Data Connectors

FutureCon Virtual Eastern: CyberSecurity Conference (November 10th)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021: 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM

FutureCon Events brings high-level Cyber Security Training discovering cutting-edge security approaches, managing risk in the ever-changing threat of the cybersecurity workforce.

Join us as we talk with a panel of C-level executives who have effectively mitigated the risk of Cyber Attacks.

Educating C-suite executives and CISOs (chief information security officers) on the global cybercrime epidemic, and how to build Cyber Resilient organizations.

"Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT problem"

Gain the latest knowledge you need to enable applications while keeping your computing environment secure from advanced Cyber Threats. Demo the newest technology, and interact with the world's security leaders and gain other pressing topics of interest to the information security community.

The FutureCon community will keep you updated on the future of the Cyberworld and allow you to interact with your peers and the world's security leaders. Hosted by FutureCon

Produced by FutureCon

CSO50 Conference + Awards (Nov. 16-18th)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021: 1:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday, November 18th, 2021

CISOs, CSOs, and risk leaders face a complex array of new business risks. Supply chains are high value targets creating exponential security consequences when breached. Every organization's portfolio of customer-facing apps is widening the threat landscape.

Remote work has opened the door to a range of risks, not the least of which is intellectual property theft. And ransomware attacks - enabled by easily available as-a-service tools - happen with more frequency than ever.

Our agenda includes keynotes, talks, and conversations that will inform, answer, enlighten, inspire, solve, and prepare you for the challenges ahead. Session topics are carefully selected to be of maximum value.

Hosted by CSO

DARKReding: Cyber Threats, Cyber Vulnerabilities: Assessing Your Attack Surface (Nov. 17th)
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Every enterprise today knows that cyber attacks pose a significant threat to their business. But do you know exactly how much risk you face? Do you know where your greatest vulnerabilities are? Do you know which attacks are most likely to be used against an organization like yours, and which attackers are most likely to target you?

These are just some of the questions that will be explored and answered at Dark Reading's next virtual event, Cyber Threats, Cyber Vulnerabilities: Assessing Your Attack Surface. This new virtual event - a free, all-day online conference produced by the editors of Dark Reading - offers insight, advice, and best practices on how to assess your organization's 'attack surface' - the parts that are most vulnerable to cybercriminals - and the risk you face in todays' cyber threat environment.

You'll get a look at the various methods for finding and fixing cyber vulnerabilities in your organization, as well as an overview of some of the latest exploits and methods used by today's cybercriminals.

Hosted by Dark Reading

Tintri News
Tintri Blog: Never Say Die
Tintri News, October 14th, 2021

Phil Trickovic blogs, "Flashback to January 2017. The world was in a precarious state after the 2016 election, various world conflicts, and many other 'bad for business' conditions."

"2017 was also the year Tintri went public (after three days of IPO delays), and we landed with a resounding thud. Our ship was sailing through murky and dangerous waters, circled by schools of lawyers, Wall Street Financiers, and IP sharks eagerly waiting (and in most cases pushing) for us to sink into the abyss. In short, there were a ton of holes in the boat..."

Tintri Demonstrates Tremendous Market Growth With New Executive Leadership Team
Tintri News, October 14th, 2021

Tintri Achieves Record 25% QoQ Growth Results Through Continued Innovation for the Data-Centric Enterprise

Tintri, a DDN subsidiary and the leading provider of auto adaptive, workload intelligent platforms, announced three appointments to the company's executive team - Phil Trickovic as senior vice president of Revenue, Graham Breeze as vice president of Products and Brock Mowry as field chief technology officer (CTO). This executive team has delivered approximately 25% growth in revenue over the past two quarters due to the explosive demand for autonomous, adaptive and composable platforms...

SuperMicro News
Supermicro Expands GPU System Portfolio with Innovative New Servers to Accelerate a Wide Range of AI, HPC, and Cloud Workloads
Supermicro news, October 12th, 2021

NVIDIA HGX A100 4-GPU Platform and Resource-saving 2U 2-Node GPU System with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Super Micro Computer, Inc. announces new systems based on NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs and 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in AI accelerators (Supermicro X12 series). These servers are designed for demanding AI applications where low latency and high application performance are essential. The 2U NVIDIA HGX A100 4-GPU system is suited for deploying modern AI training clusters at scale with high-speed CPU-GPU and GPU-GPU interconnect. The Supermicro 2U 2-Node system reduces energy usage and costs by sharing power supplies and cooling fans, reducing carbon emissions, and supports a range of discrete GPU accelerators, which can be matched to the workload. Both of these systems include advanced hardware security features that are enabled by the latest Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX).

Cisco News
Cisco Launches Digitization Program In Greece
Cisco News, October 15th, 2021

Cisco is supporting Greece in its green and digital transitions, helping to build a digital strategy that reinforces economic and social resilience

The Government of Greece and Cisco, a worldwide leader in technology, announced the launch of a collaborative framework under Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. The aim is to help accelerate digitization across the country and power an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The framework was introduced in a meeting between Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance, and representatives of Cisco including Gerri Elliott, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Guy Diedrich, Vice President and Global Innovation Officer and Antonis Tsiboukis, Managing Director at Cisco Greece.

Cisco Talos: On The Front Lines Of An Ever-Changing Cyberthreat Landscape
Cisco News, October 11th, 2021

Talos leader Vanja Svajcer shares what a 'day in the life' of a Cisco threat researcher is like

"A great cybersecurity portfolio demands relentless innovation, with products and solutions that meet the challenges of a constantly evolving threat landscape. But it also requires deep research, with up-to-the minute insights derived from a vast breadth of data on current and emerging threats.

Cisco Talos is one of the largest and most trusted security research organizations in the world. It uses advanced machine learning algorithms to plumb reams of data from Cisco's networks, customers, and partners around the world. And it employs some of the most sophisticated and experienced analysts and researchers of any such team.

To find out more about Talos' talent, innovations, and impact in the global security community, we spoke with Vanja Svajcer, a Talos threat research leader based in Zagreb, Croatia..."

Hybrid Work Pushes To End Passwords: Cisco'S Duo Security Report Finds Biometric Authentications Surge Significantly During Pandemic
Cisco News, October 14th, 2021

Multi-factor authentications soar as enterprises move away from passwords to secure hybrid workers

"A new report published today from Cisco's Duo Security, the leading multi-factor authentication (MFA) and secure access solution, confirms that enterprises are taking steps to move away from passwords and adopting low-friction authentication methods to protect the hybrid workforce. While the total number of Duo MFA authentications increased 39% in the past year, biometric authentications grew even faster at 48%.

The 2021 Duo Trusted Access Report analyzed data from more than 36 million devices, over 400,000 unique applications and roughly 800 million monthly authentications from across Duo's global customer base. It revealed how organizations across all industries are enabling work from anywhere, on any device, by implementing controls to ensure secure access to applications..."

HP News
HP Threat Research Shows Attackers Exploiting Zero-Day Vulnerability Before Enterprises Can Patch
HP News, October 14th, 2021

HP Wolf Security threat research team sees cybercriminals using legitimate cloud providers to host malware, and switching up file and script types to evade detection tools

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today released its latest global HP Wolf Security Threat Insights Report, providing analysis of real-world cybersecurity attacks. By isolating threats that have evaded detection tools and made it to user endpoints, HP Wolf Security has a unique insight into the latest techniques being used by cybercriminals.

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

AWS News
NXP Semiconductors Selects AWS As Its Preferred Cloud Provider To Power Electronic Design Automation In The Cloud
AWS News, October 14th, 2021

Leading European designer and manufacturer of specialized semiconductors will use AWS's proven infrastructure and unmatched portfolio of cloud capabilities to enhance productivity for semiconductor design and verification, and free its engineers to focus on chip innovation

Amazon Web Services (AWS), an, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that NXP Semiconductors N.V. has selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider and is migrating the vast majority of its electronic design automation (EDA) workloads from NXP data centers to AWS. Running on the world's leading cloud extends NXP's efficiency and competitive edge in the design and verification of advanced semiconductors tailored to the requirements of automotive, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and communications infrastructure businesses. The Netherlands-based company uses AWS's proven global infrastructure and capabilities in high performance computing (HPC), storage, analytics, and machine learning to enhance collaboration and EDA throughput across dozens of its worldwide design centers, as well as to reduce costs with elastic scaling of compute resources and minimize scheduling risks for design projects. In addition, thanks to AWS's virtually unlimited scale, NXP engineers gain more time to focus on innovation rather than managing compute resources.

VMware News
Achieving FedRAMP High Authorization: Transforming Government Without Compromise
VMware News, October 15th, 2021

It's not news that enterprise organizations are moving fast to modernize their IT operations so they can improve agility and sharpen their competitive edge

"However, the need for speed and innovation aren't limited to the private sector. Federal agencies and state and local governments are also seeking to update their infrastructures to reduce risk, automate processes, optimize their data, and improve security and compliance.

Like their private sector counterparts, federal agency CISOs are increasingly embracing a hybrid on-premises cloud infrastructure to achieve their transformation. Government organizations are deploying IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS cloud services to empower their workforce with collaboration tools, improve decision-making with real-time insightful AI and analytics, and achieve new levels of efficiency..."

Oracle News
KPN Turns To Oracle To Modernize Operations
Oracle News, October 13th, 2021

Major Dutch telecoms provider connects finance, HR and supply chain applications

Oracle today announced that Dutch telecommunications leader KPN has chosen Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite. The implementation, managed by Deloitte and Oracle Consulting, will see KPN deploy Oracle Fusion Applications for finance, supply chain management and human resources to help streamline the company's business operations.

Oracle Expands Global Cloud Footprint To Meet Continued Triple-Digit Growth
Oracle News, October 11th, 2021

Unique dual-region strategy, sustainability, and next-generation cloud architecture help customers with business continuity and compliance requirements

Oracle today announced plans to expand its cloud region footprint to support strong customer demand for Oracle Cloud services worldwide. Over the next year, Oracle will open 14 cloud regions with new locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Upcoming cloud regions include Milan (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France), Spain, Singapore (Singapore), Johannesburg (South Africa), Jerusalem (Israel), Mexico, and Colombia. Additional second regions will open in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.), Saudi Arabia, France, Israel, and Chile. Oracle plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

Oracle Named A Leader For Five Consecutive Years In Gartner Magic Quadrant For Enterprise Integration Platform As A Service
Oracle News, October 12th, 2021

Oracle enables business process automation in the cloud with leading integration solutions

Oracle today announced that it has been named a Leader in 2021 Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (EiPaaS)' report for the fifth consecutive year. Combined with its similar Leader position in 2021 Gartner 'Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools,' we believe Oracle provides a complete integration solution for the most demanding business process automation across hybrid cloud environments.

The rapidly growing EiPaaS market is fueled by the need to efficiently connect, modernize, and automate Oracle and non-Oracle SaaS, on-premises, and custom-built cloud native applications, data, APIs, and end-to-end business processes. As organizations move to digital platforms as their primary source of customer and employee engagement with updated web, mobile, and artificial intelligence, expanding with IoT and blockchain solutions, a scalable, secure and comprehensive EiPaaS as a foundation for a digital integration hub is critical.

Oracle Textura Now Manages Payments For Construction Projects Valuing $1 Trillion
Oracle News, October 11th, 2021

Cloud payment management system helps the construction industry accelerate payments and mitigate risk, improving productivity and cash flow, and keeping projects moving smoothly

Oracle Textura Payment Management Cloud Service has now been used to manage subcontractor payments on construction projects valuing $1 trillion. This milestone represents work on more than 78,000 projects since Textura first launched in 2006. Today, the system is helping general contractors, owners, and subcontractors of all sizes improve efficiency and mitigate payment and compliance risk by processing approximately $9 billion in monthly payments. Since 2018 alone, the construction value managed on system has doubled from $500 billion to $1 trillion.

Dell News
A Bright New Aurora On The Horizon: Alienware Unveils New Flagship Desktop To Commemorate Its 25th Anniversary
Dell News, October 15th, 2021

Step into a time portal with us - set the year for October 15, 1996. Until this day, there wasn't a true computer dedicated to serving PC gamers that existed on the marketplace

"Yet, wildly popular titles like Doom (1993), Civilizations II (1996) and Quake (1996) had rallied together a community of game enthusiasts and passionate techies enthralled in what the early days of PC gaming had to offer.

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

Dell Technologies Edge Advancements Extend It Beyond The Data Center
Dell News, October 13th, 2021

Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes extend automation and lifecycle management capabilities to smallest configuration to date for edge workloads

Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) announces edge innovations across its infrastructure and PC portfolio to help organizations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud-from rugged and remote locations to retail stores and factory floors.

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

Dell Technologies Telecom Software And Solutions Speed 5G And Open Ran Innovation
Dell News, October 13th, 2021

Dell Technologies Bare Metal Orchestrator software gives communication service providers an agile and cost-effective way to deploy and operate their open network infrastructure across diverse geographies

Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) introduces new telecom software, solutions and services to help communications service providers (CSPs) accelerate their open, cloud-native network deployments and create new revenue opportunities at the edge.

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

Lenovo News
Lenovo Extends Exclusive Lenovo Legion PC And Monitor Partnership With Apex Legends Global Series
Lenovo News, October 14th, 2021

Renewed agreement maps out Lenovo's vision as one of the world's most globally recognized gaming brands

Lenovo, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and Respawn Entertainment announced Lenovo Legion will continue powering transformational experiences for Apex Legends Global Series esports competitors as it takes its official gaming equipment partnership to the next level.

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

Lenovo's CO2 Offset Service Receives First-Of-Its-Kind Dekra Validation In Sustainability
Lenovo News, October 13th, 2021

Through this service, Lenovo customers have offset more than 350,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide associated with the purchase of their IT equipment worldwid

"As the demand for environmentally-conscious products and services grows, Lenovo today announced the DEKRA validation of its global CO2 Offset Service. Conducted by the Business Assurance Services unit of this international testing, inspection and certification organization, this is the first DEKRA audit of its kind for an electronics manufacturer. Consisting of an in-depth assessment of Lenovo's carbon footprint calculation process, DEKRA has validated the accuracy of the related claims and verified the service's CO2 compensation process..."

Nutanix News
Enhancing The Security Of Application Delivery In Frame
Nutanix News, October 12th, 2021

Nutanix's Frame desktop-as-a-service, with its ability to deliver virtual desktops and applications on non-persistent virtual machines, is a key part of the security posture of many customers

When combined with Frame application mode, which eliminates the Windows Desktop and focuses the end user on a single set of published applications, Frame provides enterprises with a secure way to deliver Windows applications and not lose control of the underlying data. As a part of our Enterprise Profiles capability, Nutanix released a feature that allows Frame administrators to further secure their Frame environment by forcing users with Enterprise Profiles to be logged in as a non-administrative local Windows user. Recently, this feature has been turned into a setting that can be applied to any Frame account that is not using the Frame Domain Join feature.

Microsoft News
5 Reasons To Attend The Digital Event: What's Next For Sustainability
Microsoft News, October 14th, 2021

It's more important than ever to reduce your organization's carbon footprint. When you take decisive action to set and meet sustainability goals, it's better for the planet and for your business

"At Microsoft, we're committed to becoming carbon negative by 2030-and to empowering businesses and organizations to reduce their environmental impact as well. Join us on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time for What's Next for Sustainability to gain insights from Microsoft president Brad Smith and other experts. During this free digital event, you'll learn how Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability can help you shift from ambition to action and record, report, and reduce your carbon emissions..."

Announcing Microsoft Student Summit! Learn. Accelerate. Explore.
Microsoft News, October 12th, 2021

We love connecting with students, hearing their experiences, and helping them discover their passions and desired paths, particularly as they venture into the workforce

"Over the past year, we've seen students around the world take an increasing interest in their skill development, whether it be enrolling in short courses online or pursuing additional certifications and credentials to supplement their academic studies and diversify their resume. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across every country and industry around the world, opening new job roles and opportunities for innovation in ways we've never seen before. Students are our future, and we are committed to supporting them in every way possible to best prepare the workforce of tomorrow..."

Empowering Cloud Sustainability With The Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard
Microsoft News, October 13th, 2021

As cloud services continue to scale, their impact on the environment cannot be overlooked

"That's why today we're announcing the general availability of the Microsoft Emissions Impact Dashboard, a tool that helps Microsoft cloud customers understand, track, report, analyze, and reduce carbon emissions associated with their cloud usage. The Emissions Impact Dashboard is part of our commitment to address our own environmental impact and help our customers do the same..."

How A Startup Is Transforming The Lives Of Grocers In India's Villages With Cloud And AI
Microsoft News, October 12th, 2021

ElasticRun's platform is empowering grocery store owners in India's hinterland with its intelligent logistics and distribution network

"Until a couple of years ago, Ramachandra Kuchekar would shut his small grocery store once a month and travel to Pune, the nearest city from his village in western India. There he'd meet wholesalers and pick up supplies to stock his shelves.

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

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

IBM News
Apptio and IBM Announce Collaboration to Help Accelerate Enterprise Transformation with IBM's Open Hybrid Cloud Approach
IBM News, October 12th, 2021

Apptio's SaaS solutions will be a decision engine to help clients migrate workloads and applications with Red Hat OpenShift

Apptio, Inc., a leading provider of technology business management (TBM) SaaS applications, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), announced a collaboration to help clients improve hybrid cloud technology decision-making and drive adoption of Red Hat OpenShift and IBM's open hybrid cloud approach.

According to analyst firm IDC, 'there is a need to support the client journey to the cloud that can help map aligning the optimal portfolio of cloud capabilities (e.g., private, public, hybrid) needed to achieve business and IT objectives, offering different pathways to the cloud for migration and modernization of applications.'

IBM And Raytheon Technologies To Collaborate On Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography And Quantum Technologies
IBM News, October 11th, 2021

Strategic collaboration to advance new aerospace, defense and intelligence solutions

IBM and Raytheon Technologies will jointly develop advanced artificial intelligence, cryptographic and quantum solutions for the aerospace, defense and intelligence industries, including the federal government, as part of a strategic collaboration agreement the companies announced today.

Artificial intelligence and quantum technologies give aerospace and government customers the ability to design systems more quickly, better secure their communications networks and improve decision-making processes. By combining IBM's breakthrough commercial research with Raytheon Technologies' own research, plus aerospace and defense expertise, the companies will be able to crack once-unsolvable challenges.

IBM Commits To Skill 30 Million People Globally By 2030
IBM News, October 13th, 2021

The company announces more than 170 new partnerships and program expansions in more than 30 countries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa

IBM unveiled a groundbreaking commitment and global plan to provide 30 million people of all ages with new skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow by 2030. To achieve this goal, IBM is announcing a clear roadmap with more than 170 new academic and industry partnerships. The effort will leverage IBM's existing programs and career building platforms to expand access to education and in-demand technical roles.

"Talent is everywhere; training opportunities are not," said Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO. "This is why we must take big and bold steps to expand access to digital skills and employment opportunities so that more people - regardless of their background - can take advantage of the digital economy. Today, IBM commits to providing 30 million people with new skills by 2030. This will help democratize opportunity, fill the growing skills gap, and give new generations of workers the tools they need to build a better future for themselves and society."

IBM Unveils AI-Driven Software For Environmental Intelligence, Helping Businesses Address Sustainability Objectives And Climate Risk
IBM News, October 12th, 2021

IBM Environmental Intelligence Suite combines weather, climate, and operational data and environmental performance management into a single solution

IBM announced a suite of environmental intelligence software that leverages AI to help organizations prepare for and respond to weather and climate risks that may disrupt business, more easily assess their own impact on the planet, and reduce the complexity of regulatory compliance and reporting.

Companies are facing climate-related damage to their assets, disruptions to supply chains and operations, as well as increasing expectations from consumers and investors to perform as an environmental leader. Extreme weather, climate action failure and human-led environmental damage were cited as the top three most likely risks for businesses over the next ten years in the World Economic Forum's "Global Risks Report 2021." Businesses need actionable environmental insights to address these challenges, but current methods are often cumbersome and complex - requiring intensive manual labor, climate and data science skills, and computing power.

Virgin Megastore in Saudi Arabia to Accelerate Digital Transformation with IBM and SAP
IBM News, October 13th, 2021

The major entertainment retailer to migrate SAP ERP application workloads to IBM Cloud to gain flexibility, scale to help meet increasing consumer needs and bring increased levels of security to protect critical data

IBM, in collaboration with its business partner in Saudi Arabia Brmaja Commercial Company (Brmaja), has announced that Virgin Megastore KSA, a major entertainment retailer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is migrating its SAP ERP application workloads to IBM Cloud as part of its hybrid cloud strategy. The migration from on-premises to a cloud environment is designed to help the retailer create operational efficiencies and provide a platform for new digital services to their clients.

Habits formed during the COVID-19 pandemic have raised consumers' expectations for digital engagement, especially in service industries like retail. This is encouraging retailers to transform their operations to deliver an efficient, secured, and seamless experience across front and back-end business processes. Now retailers are modernizing operations, including mission-critical workloads such as finance and inventory reporting, as well as customer-facing processes to enhance experiences while protecting their data.

Fortinet News
Considerations For Securing A Work-From-Anywhere World
Fortinet News, October 13th, 2021

During the pandemic, transitioning to a work-from-home model required organizations to move critical resources to the cloud, ensure employees had access to essential business applications, and secure communications between the home office and corporate network

"And now, instead of moving everyone back into the corporate office, many organizations are transitioning to a work-from-anywhere (WFA) approach, with some employees working from home, others on-site, and others spending part of their time in each location.

This new approach provides much-desired flexibility and improved work-life balance for workers, increasing productivity and work satisfaction. Companies also realize several logistical and financial advantages that come with reducing corporate office overhead. But accommodating this hybrid workforce also requires networks to become hybrid while still being able to balance security with user experience..."

Establishing the Critical Value of Secure SD-WAN
Fortinet News, October 15th, 2021

Business-critical, cloud-based applications and tools have enabled the growth of distributed organizations

"But while these cloud-based applications and services meet organizational needs, they also place great demands on legacy wide-area network (WAN) infrastructures. Further, they stretch these legacy technologies to their limits as users expect high-quality experiences. To meet these demands, many organizations have been forced to move away from performance-inhibited WANs and instead adopt software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) architectures..."

Smart Building Security: Risks And Remedies
Fortinet News, October 13th, 2021

Intelligent building technologies are enabling the commercial real estate market, as professional real estate investment and management firms look for the data-driven benefits and efficiencies that innovative building technologies can provide

"At the same time, however, these companies realize that they lack the knowledge and skills required to implement these systems correctly, securely, and safely. Compounding this issue are the physical and cyber liability risks that prevent many intelligent building technology projects from getting off the ground. The key to success is a flexible and cost-effective security architecture that delivers smart building security with uniform delivery throughout existing and new properties.

Fortinet offers expertise to assist in developing an intelligent building architecture and long-term management strategy. This strategy delivers all the benefits inherent in digital building systems with significantly less risk..."

The Increasingly Data- And Customer-Driven Pharmaceutical Industry
Fortinet News, October 12th, 2021

The pharmaceutical value chain has become increasingly digital, creating a complex network of workers, both remote and on-premises, and partners who regularly access disparate networks, clouds, applications, and mobile environments

"This new chain demands a broader security framework to protect each companies' valuable data. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are becoming increasingly customer-driven with data exchanged through customer and healthcare provider portals. All of this information is valuable to cybercriminals. Though there are a variety of cyberthreats that have emerged as a result of the deluge of new data that has resulted from the growing digital and customer-driven environment, there are also solutions and services that can better prepare and protect pharmaceuticals from more threats in the future..."

Red Hat News
How Bare Metal Cloud Is Powering The Telecommunications Industry
Red Hat News, October 15th, 2021

Bare metal clouds are gaining a lot of momentum in the telecommunications industry-but why? What is a bare metal cloud, and what are the benefits of using it? In this post, we answer these questions and more.

"Back to the basics

To better understand bare metal clouds, we first need to know what Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and virtualization are.

IaaS is an on-demand provisioning of compute, storage and network, through the cloud, with a pay-as-you-go model (assuming you're using a public cloud provider or chargeback if your organization provides the IaaS). IaaS provides access to infrastructure resources which are multi-tenant, where the provider shares the infrastructure resources with multiple clients driven by virtualization..."

Friday Five - October 15, 2021
Red Hat News, October 15th, 2021

The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

  • Red Hat Pushes the Edge Further with Updates to Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform 16.2 Now Generally Available
  • Red Hat Enhances Developer Experience on OpenShift with Latest Portfolio Updates
  • Kube by Example expands training curriculum with new learning paths for Kubernetes developers
  • SDxCentral - Red Hat OpenShift, ACM Updates Flex Kubernetes at the Edge

Read on for details.

Embracing Open Culture: Fostering Innovation And Resilience Through Organizational Change
Red Hat News, October 14th, 2021

The increasing popularity of hybrid work arrangements has many organizations looking for new organizational and cultural strategies.

"On top of this, the ability to quickly adapt and innovate is increasingly critical to many organizations' survival, but innovation is unpredictable and something you can neither plan for nor control.

So what are leaders to do? How can you help new hybrid teams work together productively? How can you retain existing talent and attract new people to your organization? How can you encourage more rapid innovations and harness them more effectively?..."

Red Hat Shares - Special Edition: Red Hat Summit 2021 Virtual Experience Recap
Red Hat News, October 14th, 2021

The Red Hat Shares newsletter helps IT leaders navigate the complicated world of IT―the open source way

In this special edition of Red Hat Shares, check out highlights from the virtual event, including featured keynotes, the top 10 sessions, our Red Hat Innovation Awards winners, and more.

Citrix News
A Strategy For Successful VDI Cloud Migrations
Citrix News, October 13th, 2021

Migrating virtual desktops and applications to cloud can deliver significant value-adds to customers, and organizations everywhere are realizing the range of benefits they can reap when moving their desktop workloads to cloud

"They can enable highly intelligent workspaces, enhance security, perform deeper analytics, and ultimately do a lot more when they move their virtual desktop environments to the cloud.

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

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

Citrix And Google Cloud Team To Deliver Future Of Hybrid Work
Citrix News, October 12th, 2021

Partners join forces to enable desktops-as-a-service in simple, secure way, empowering productive work from anywhere

Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) and Google Cloud are expanding their strategic partnership to deliver the future of hybrid work for enterprise customers. The companies today announced a new collaboration which will include Citrix launching a new Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering on Google Cloud. The service will leverage Citrix's management plane and market-leading HDX protocol to enable seamless delivery of virtualized applications and desktops on Google Cloud. The expanded partnership will empower distributed and hybrid workers to securely access the tools and information they need to engage and be productive, wherever they happen to be.

Citrix Converge 2021: Everything You Need To Know
Citrix News, October 14th, 2021

Citrix Converge 2021, our global technical conference, opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25.

Over the course of four days, you'll have access to dozens of keynote and breakout sessions, panels, workshops, and labs featuring experts from Citrix, our partners, and customers, covering the breadth of Citrix technology. There's a lot on the Converge agenda. Read on for a comprehensive guide to getting the most out of Converge.

Register for Converge

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

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

Citrix Study Reveals State Of Secure Remote Work
Citrix News, October 14th, 2021

74 percent of security decision makers across US and Europe say procedures and controls have become more complex; 73 percent struggle to manage increase in threats

'It was like changing an engine on a plane while it was in flight.' That's how one security decision maker described the shift to remote work the pandemic forced last year. And as revealed by The State of Security in a Hybrid World, a survey of 1,250 security decision makers across medium to large organizations in the US, the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands conducted by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), things haven't gotten any easier.

Personalize Your Work With Citrix Workspace
Citrix News, October 12th, 2021

Over the past year, companies lifted and shifted their culture and employee experience to be digitally led. Virtual whiteboards, collaboration spaces, and chat tools proliferated to keep workers connected to each other and the organization

"Technology fueled the transformation, but this transition removed the personal connections and fibers that often connect workers, replacing them with digital processes and chat threads.

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

Recapping Citrix Launchpad: Work
Citrix News, October 12th, 2021

The shift to distributed work - accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic - has been a success for businesses that embraced new technology to support new ways of working

"Citrix research shows that 2/3 of employees whose organizations introduced productivity solutions like digital workspaces and communication and collaboration tools increased employee productivity.

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

The Citrix Analytics App For Splunk, Now In Splunkbase!
Citrix News, October 13th, 2021

The job of a security professional has never been easy, but today it may be more difficult than ever.

"Remote work is now the norm, making traditional, perimeter-based defense strategies ineffective. Employees use their personal, unmanaged devices for work. High-profile ransomware attacks are disrupting industries from beef to oil. Meanwhile, talent shortages have left security departments short-staffed.

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

What We Learned Launching Citrix Workspace Microapps Internally
Citrix News, October 13th, 2021

At Citrix, we face many of the same challenges and opportunities as our customers: Increasing and optimizing efficiency; providing space for employees to do their very best work; and improving employee experience during a rapid and unprecedented shift to hybrid work. No small task.

"We rolled out Citrix Workspace to our employees to help meet these challenges head on. The Citrix digital workspace platform delivers a unified, secure, intelligent, and resilient work experience across any work channel and location to empower employees and organizations to perform at their best.

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

What's The State Of Secure Remote Work?
Citrix News, October 14th, 2021

'It was like changing an engine on a plane while it was in flight.' That's how one security decision maker described the shift to remote work the pandemic forced last year.

"And as revealed by our The State of Security in a Hybrid World, a survey of 1,250 security decision makers across medium to large organizations in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, things haven't gotten any easier.

Securing the Future of Work

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

Work Your Way With Citrix Workspace And Microsoft Teams
Citrix News, October 12th, 2021

As more companies support hybrid and remote work, the importance of the tools they provide workers to communicate and collaborate, regardless of location, continues to grow

"In 2020, solutions like Microsoft Teams saw dramatic increases in usage as more organizations made it central to their digital experience strategy.

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