IT News and Events  
January 23rd, 2023 — January 29th, 2023
Volume 298, Issue 4
 
 
 
 
IT - CxO
The Impossible Manual Task For Outdated Contact Centers
CIO, January 23rd, 2023

Cloud and Conversational AI increase the complexity of IVRs. Using AI to test is the way forward.

The cloud, combined with conversational artificial intelligence (AI), is dramatically expanding the capabilities of the modern-day contact center. These solutions are the twin pillars of contact center success, allowing them to serve more customers faster and more effectively.

The two technologies go hand in hand for creating the flexible, flawless customer experience (CX) that companies everywhere are striving for. The market for cloud contact center solutions is expected to reach $11.74 billion by 2028, and 80% of those companies that migrate to the cloud plan to use AI and machine learning technologies to further improve customer experience in the cloud.
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7 CIO Resolutions For A Successful 2023
Gartner, January 25th, 2023

This is a time to focus on professional self-improvement.

At the beginning of every year, many of us (try to) commit to making positive changes. And because work is such a huge part of our lives, that often includes setting professional development goals.

'This is why our analysts have nailed down the seven ideas below specifically for CIOs,' says Senior Director Analyst, Brandon Germer. 'We recommend you select and commit to two to four of these resolutions, collaborate with a mentor to explore and adjust them, and dedicate time to true habit-building.'
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Examining The CIO Time Management Dilemma
CIO, January 25th, 2023

CIOs face a complex juggling act between operational responsibilities and strategic opportunities. So keeping the lights on and finding time for big-picture thinking requires a perspective that parallels how the role is expanding.

CIOs are expected to successfully split their time between duties that can greatly vary day to day. Federal Reserve System CIO Ghada Ijam, for instance, says on a good day, 60% of her time is spent on strategic planning and the rest keeping the business running.

As every CIO knows, though, days can be unpredictable, and it's all hands on deck when unexpected events and crises occur. 'There are days where we have incidents and all of my time goes into just keeping the business running,' says Ijam. 'That's the foundation of the job that nobody talks about.'
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IDC Survey Finds Data Sovereignty And Compliance Issues Shaping It Decisions
IDC, January 25th, 2023

New survey results from International Data Corporation (IDC) show that data sovereignty and compliance are now an important factor in shaping IT selection and design decisions.

Almost half the respondents (48%) to IDC's Cloud Pulse 2Q22 survey (n=1350) say that data sovereignty and industry compliance have factored highly in discussions about their future IT architectures. And just 4% of respondents believe their IT organizations will not be impacted by data sovereignty and compliance considerations.

Among organizations that expect their IT budgets to increase in the coming year, the vast majority believe that data sovereignty and industry compliance considerations will strongly influence service provider selection decisions and decisions about their primary datacenter environments.
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The CIO Agenda In 2023: Driving Growth And Transformation
VentureBeat, January 24th, 2023

The pressure is on for CIOs in 2023, experts say, as chief information officers are called upon to drive growth and transformation, not just keep the data center humming and enterprise software running.

'It's about 'show me the money,'' Janelle Hill, chief of research for Gartner's CIO practice, told VentureBeat. After a decade of investing in digital, she explained, organizations want to know the value of their investments, while at the same time accelerating digital initiatives such as artificial intelligence and hyperautomation - and ensuring security and privacy across an expanding attack surface.
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Top 4 IT Pain Points For 2023 - And How To Tackle Them
Forbes, January 26th, 2023

IT leaders will continue to grapple with some familiar challenges in 2023. These recommendations offer a path toward progress.

The New Year. An opportunity for reflection- I wish I had modernized more IT systems-and resolution-I will endeavor to eliminate all technical debt.

What hasn't changed is that IT leaders will continue to struggle with the same pain points and concerns as they shepherd digital transformations that make their businesses more resilient while elevating experience for customers and employees alike.

Indeed, although 85% of CEOs ramped up digital initiatives, most still can't explain how their overall strategy and technology investments ladder up to deliver business outcomes, according to Deloitte Insights research.
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Giant Eagle CIO Kirk Ball On What's Fresh In The Digital Grocery Experience
CIO, January 25th, 2023

Kirk Ball, EVP and CIO of grocery chain Giant Eagle, sat with CIO Leadership Live host Maryfran Johnson and discussed optimizing a superior customer experience, how digital retail innovations are evolving, the global search for talent, and the benefits of C-suite support.

Based in Pittsburgh and privately owned, grocery chain Giant Eagle, with 34,000 employees across 570 locations, raced to deliver new digital experiences and buying capabilities for their customers during those intensely challenging early months of the pandemic. And it's during that time when Ball joined, in June 2020.
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IT Leadership: 10 Essential Skills For Digital Transformation Success
The Enterprisers Project, January 23rd, 2023

Successful digital transformation requires strong leadership. Check out these key skills to grow a productive, innovative IT team in 2023

Do you want your organization to embrace digital transformation in 2023? Optimize the use of tech stacks? Create automated workflows that enhance both employee and customer experiences?

You must have buy-in from your teams.

Whether you are looking to grow your team in the months ahead or realign your executive leadership to move digital transformation forward, here are ten critical skills you need to cultivate to lead a strong team of tech innovators.
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How IT Can Deliver Better Business Outcomes
CIO, January 25th, 2023

By delivering significant business outcomes, including sizable cost savings and ROI, IT teams can change the common perception that IT is a cost center rather than a strategic partner.

Cloud services, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, and on-premises infrastructures connected by wired and wireless networks now represent the backbone of modern enterprises. To fully harness the benefits of modern network architectures, network operations teams need a deep understanding of how these systems perform. This visibility is essential if teams are to avoid the downtime that results in lost revenues.
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CIO Role: 5 Strategies For Success In 2023
The Enterprisers Project, January 24th, 2023

From implementing zero trust to managing a multi-cloud environment, these five IT strategies will help ensure that your organization stays competitive in the coming year

The past few years have brought unprecedented changes to the business and tech landscape, and CIOs have had to adapt quickly to these shifts. As we begin the new year with continuing uncertainty, it's more important than ever to have a clear plan to secure your workforce and position your organization for success, no matter what may come.

Here are five strategies that savvy CIOs should implement in the coming year:
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How CIOs Can Drive Identity-Based Security Awareness
VentureBeat, January 26th, 2023

One of CIOs' most persistent challenges is motivating employees to be more consistent in securing their own devices and the company's laptops, phones and tablets.

With passwords increasingly proving inadequate in protecting enterprise accounts and resources, CIOs are fast-tracking single sign-on (SSO), multifactor authentication (MFA), adaptive access and passwordless authentication to secure accounts and networks. They are finding that innovation more effectively sells security awareness than simply requiring compliance.
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6 Tips For Making The Most Of A Tight IT Budget
CIO, January 26th, 2023

Top technology decision makers from across the globe share their budgeting strategies for driving business value even when finances are tight.

IT leaders seeking to drive enterprise growth through technology investments are often saddled with budgets that make their tasks of increasing the top and bottom lines challenging. The year 2023 seems to be no different.

Despite an estimated increase to IT budgets of 5.1% on average for 2023, research firm Gartner points to a projected 6.5% global inflation rate, an ongoing talent squeeze, and persistent supply issues as a triple threat to CIOs' ability to realize time to value for their tech investments this year, according to its 2023 Gartner CIO and Technology Executive Survey, which gathered data from 2,203 CIOs in 81 countries and all major industries.
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Engaging With Digital Native Businesses In A Downturn
IDC, January 27th, 2023

The current economic downturn has had a significant impact on businesses across industries. Digital native businesses (DNBs) are no exception.

IDC defines DNBs as companies built based on modern, cloud-native technologies, leveraging data and AI across all aspects of their operations, from logistics to business models to customer engagement. All core value or revenue-generating processes are dependent on digital technology. A DNB leverages its ecosystem of stakeholders (i.e., customers, partners, suppliers, and the community) to drive community-led innovation, dynamically evolve, and co-create offerings.
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IT - Storage
43% Of Data To Be Stored In Public Cloud By 2024, On Average
StorageNewsletter.com, January 25th, 2023

84% of enterprises expect to increase public cloud storage budget and amount of data stored in the public cloud in next 12 months.

Enterprises WW budget increasing for growing storage needs, as public cloud storage capacity continues to grow at a relentless pace

  • 43% of global data to be stored in public cloud by 2024, on average
  • 84% of enterprises expect to increase public cloud storage budget and the amount of data stored in the public cloud in the next 12 months
  • 89% of organizations migrated data from on-premises storage to public cloud in the last year
  • 70% of enterprises' global storage capacity is stored in public and/or dedicated cloud environments today, and average capacity reaching 12.7PB, with North America leading at 13.6PB

Enterprises are going all-in on cloud storage, with average stored capacity in the public cloud expected to reach 43% of their total storage footprint by 2024
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Early Observations From DCIG High-End Storage Array Research
GCIG, January 26th, 2023

DCIG recently refreshed its high-end storage array research and will publish the 2023-24 DCIG TOP 5 High-End Storage Arrays report in February.

This article shares some changes in high-end storage that have emerged since the publication of the 2020-21 DCIG TOP 5 High End Storage Arrays report.

These advances include new capabilities or enhancements around:

  • Cyber resilience
  • Advances in using analytics (AIOps)
  • Cloud integration
  • Provision of object storage
  • Storage as a Service (STaaS)
  • Sustainability enhancements and reporting

ENHANCED CYBER RESILIENCE

Every enterprise storage vendor is addressing enterprise concerns around data security and cyber resilience especially the threat of ransomware.
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Explainer: What Is SSD Trimming?
Techspot, January 24th, 2023

Have you ever noticed when you go into Windows to optimize your storage drives, it says retrim for SSDs? Just what exactly is getting trimmed and why is it needed? Is it the same as defragmenting or something entirely different? (it is different).

Such good questions all deserve thorough answers, so in this article we'll cover all of that.

What is SSD trimming?

SSD trimming is a process that helps to maintain the performance of a solid-state drive over time. Trim works by periodically erasing blocks of data that are no longer in use. The trimmed data isn't always removed straight away, as a complex process decides exactly when this takes place. But when it does, not only does it free up space on the drive, it helps the SSD perform better and last longer, too.
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Comparing SSD vs HDD Speed: Which Is Faster?
Enterprise Storage Forum, January 26th, 2023

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have become a popular storage choice for enterprises because of their high speeds compared to hard disk drives (HDDs).

A SATA-interface SSD is often double the read/write speed of a SATA HDD, and some NVMe SSDs have 10 times the read and write rates of HDDs.

But hard drives are still part of the market: although hard drive shipments are decreasing overall, according to Horizon Technology, major hard drive manufacturers are still producing drives designed for enterprise storage use cases. And even though SSD prices continue to decrease overall, hard drives are still cheaper and offer cost-saving benefits to some enterprises. This piece analyzes the differences between SSDs and HDDs and which storage use cases they're most suited to, including rapid data processing and archive storage.
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HDD Market Anticipated to Grow at 11.2% CAGR from 2022 to 2029
StorageNewsletter.com, January 27th, 2023

The HDD market is reaching a valuation of $ 38,489.9 million in 2022 to $ 80,873.0 million by 2029 and is expected to exhibit an 11.2% CAGR over the forecast period, 2022-2029. With multiplying data volumes encouraging enterprises to procure upgraded storage technologies, the HDD market is set for steady growth during the next decade,

HDD manufacturers launch upgraded HDD capacity formats at intervals of every 2 to 3 years. This would be a continuing trend in the global HDD market over the forecast period (2022-2029).

As storage capacities of HDDs continue to increase, manufacturers such as Toshiba are frequently rolling out HDD technology upgrades. Consequently, magnetic storage remains highly preferred option for long-term high-capacity backup and archiving, which would further push HDD drive sales.
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Storage Vendors Look To Make Case For Sustainability
SearchStorage, January 25th, 2023

Energy costs are rising, and sustainability is all the rage. But storage vendors may struggle convincing customers to combat climate change during an economic downturn.

Storage consumes a tremendous amount of power at a time when customers are looking to cut costs. Storage vendors are responding with new platforms and programs that look to address not only cost concerns but environmental concerns as well.

By 2025, data centers may consume more than 3% of global electricity, according to Steve McDowell, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Of that number, storage contributes up to 30% of a data center's total power consumption.
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IT - ESG
Economic Slowdown Cannot Stop It's ESG Progress
SearchCIO, January 27th, 2023

An economic slowdown may be inescapable, but IT leaders must maintain focus on ESG initiatives. Discover why IT operations should continue to strive for sustainability.

Even with a consensus that we will experience an economic slowdown, 2023 is set to be the most active year on record for environmental, social and governance initiatives within IT departments. Fueled by increasing government mandates, stock market investment trends and the genuine desire by IT leadership and staff to do the right thing for people and the planet, I expect ESG initiatives to be in the spotlight -- and for that spotlight to shine directly on IT.

Here's what I think is going to change over the next 12 months in support of IT teams that are actively working to help their organizations meet their sustainability objectives.
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3 Tips CIOs Can Use For More Sustainable Device Management
searchCIO, January 25th, 2023

Sustainable device management is an important area CIOs should focus on to support organizational ESG goals. Learn how it can also help lower e-waste and save money.

IT has a profound effect on a company's ability to go green, starting with device management and extending to every area of the organization.

Boards of directors and other critical stakeholders are asking IT leaders to go green in the quest to meet environmental sustainability goals.
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5 Ways Enterprise Cloud Migration Improves Sustainability
ITProToday, January 27th, 2023

Here are five ways moving to the cloud can dramatically improve the sustainability of enterprise IT operations.

In an era when increasing numbers of consumers say that sustainability is a key consideration when evaluating businesses, finding ways to advance sustainability initiatives is top of mind for many companies.

If you're a business that still runs some applications in a legacy data center, one of the simplest ways to act on sustainability is also one of the most cost-effective: migrating your applications to the cloud.
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Five Steps To Build A Business Case For Data And Analytics Governance
Information Age, January 25th, 2023

Here are five steps for data leaders to take towards building a strong business use case for data and analytics governance

Good governance is critical to business success. However, organisations are often let down by their business practices, and a key culprit is poor (or no) data and analytics (D&A) governance.

Organisations that are successful in D&A governance have a data-driven culture. They actively engage and influence their stakeholders, promote data sharing, break down silos and evangelise data literacy. Gartner's Seventh Annual CDO Survey found that chief data officers (CDOs) who link D&A to prioritised and quantified business outcomes and metrics are more successful than their peers. There are five key steps to achieve this.
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Is There A Healthy Alignment Between Procurement And Corporate ESG Strategy?
enterprise times, January 26th, 2023

Efficio, Green Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay has published a report examining procurement's role in making ESG strategy a reality. Titled, Bridging the Gap, the report is 29 pages long and gated.

The report, unusually, is based on two quantitative and one qualitative survey and commentary from both business and academic thought leaders. At 56 pages, it is an in-depth study of the topic and includes data from the surveys, a brief write-up of several interviews and an analysis.

The report includes a foreword from Edward Cox, Principal, and Simon Whatson, Vice President at Efficio, which lays out the background for the report and notes the growing importance of ESG for procurement.
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Technical Debt And The Sustainable Data Center
DataCenter Knowledge, January 24th, 2023

With data centers being some of the most carbon-intense parts of enterprise operations, CIOs can be the champions of ESG results when they pursue the management of technical debt.

We've uncovered another reason for CIOs to loathe technical debt, especially in an era when businesses face increasing pressure to improve energy efficiency: Technical debt wastes energy and undercuts ESG initiatives.

Here's why that's a problem, along with tips on how to make technical debt reduction a part of your data center sustainability strategy.
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Why IT Asset Management Should Include Sustainability
SearchCIO, January 27th, 2023

CIOs must do more with less as economic concerns grow, and continue to drive environmental, social and governance efforts. Pairing IT asset management and sustainability can help.

Embedding sustainability into asset lifecycles is a natural way for organizations to reduce e-waste, support environmental mandates and save money.

Today's CIOs and their teams must examine ways to help lower costs and meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. One area that can help them do both is IT asset management (ITAM) which helps teams consider costs, features and other factors. Taking a sustainability-minded approach to IT asset management can help reduce the tech trash and other negative climate effects that frequent upgrades generate.
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IT - AI
4 Basic Yet Game-Changing Programming Languages For AI Learners
AiTHORITY, January 23rd, 2023

Ludwig Wittgenstein once very wisely put it, 'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.'

It's true. Language is the most spectacular discovery made by the human species. This incredible invention empowers us to put together our thoughts, and interact more effectively and clearly with each other. From reasoning abstractly to working our way through complex ideas around our existence, language is singularly the most enticing yet intellectual development in the history of mankind.
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How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Can Drive Enterprise Productivity
VentureBeat, January 24th, 2023

The COVID pandemic of 2020 pulled the world 10 years into the future, pushing companies to streamline their processes through automation, according to Hikari Senju, founder and CEO of ad-tech platform provider Omneky.

Widely anticipated recession will push RPA further into the spotlight, he maintains.

'The pandemic revealed that certain processes were unproductive and could be better automated through technology. Now, the impending recession of 2023 has forced companies into cost-cutting mode, resulting in an accelerated adoption of RPAs,' he told VentureBeat.
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Beyond ChatGPT: The Future Of Generative AI For Enterprises
Gartner, January 26th, 2023

ChatGPT, while cool, is just the beginning; enterprise uses for generative AI are far more sophisticated.

Venture capital firms have invested over $1.7 billion in generative AI solutions over the last three years, with AI-enabled drug discovery and AI software coding receiving the most funding.

'Early foundation models like ChatGPT focus on the ability of generative AI to augment creative work, but by 2025, we expect more than 30% - up from zero today - of new drugs and materials to be systematically discovered using generative AI techniques,' says Brian Burke, Research VP for Technology Innovation at Gartner. 'And that is just one of numerous industry use cases.'
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Google's New AI Turns Text Into Music
The Verge, January 28th, 2023

The examples the company has shared are music to my ears.

Google researchers have made an AI that can generate minutes-long musical pieces from text prompts, and can even transform a whistled or hummed melody into other instruments, similar to how systems like DALL-E generate images from written prompts (via TechCrunch). The model is called MusicLM, and while you can't play around with it for yourself, the company has uploaded a bunch of samples that it produced using the model.
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The Best AI Writers: Chatgpt And Other Interesting Alternatives To Try
ZDNet, January 27th, 2023

AI writing tools can help lighten your workload by writing emails and essays and even doing math. They use artificial intelligence to generate text or answer queries based on user input. ChatGPT is one popular example, but there are other noteworthy AI writers.

Whether unlocking your phone through face recognition or telling Alexa to play a song, artificial intelligence has filtered into our everyday lives. Now, you can harness the power of AI to do your writing, too. At your command, AI writers can write that paper you have been dreading to start, write code, compose emails or even pass your MBA exam.
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US NIST publishes AI Risk Management Framework 1.0
iapp, January 27th, 2023

The U.S. took a big step in the development of a national artificial intelligence strategy with the release of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology's Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework 1.0, Jan. 26.

Required under the National AI Act of 2020, the framework is the product of 15 months of work by NIST scientists who compiled public comments from more than 240 AI stakeholders through multiple listening sessions and workshops, while producing two previous drafts of the document last year. The framework is voluntary but will help organizations deploying AI systems to enhance their trustworthiness and reduce biases, while protecting individuals' privacy.
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Former Google CEO Outlines Dangers Of Generative AI
SearchCIO, January 27th, 2023

Mitigating risks from generative AI tools such as ChatGPT means involving humans in final decision-making and establishing guardrails.

The rise of generative AI technologies such as ChatGPT will create new opportunities and risks, from new ways to spread misinformation to creating dangerous biological viruses.

ChatGPT and other large language models that can craft speeches, essays, software code and more will provide enhancements in education, healthcare, science and many fields, according to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He spoke during an online discussion with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace earlier this month. Today he serves on a variety of boards and is a visiting fellow at MIT.
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Promising Success: 5 AI Trends For Business Owners And CEOs
AiTHORITY, January 23rd, 2023

AI has phenomenally conquered our lives, our platforms, and our businesses, and leaders, and business owners are enthusiastically cheering for this humongous technological revolution.

Today, business owners and CEOs across industries are gleefully celebrating and embracing AI and its tools to boost efficiency, cut operational costs, improve revenue, and strengthen customer engagement experience.

According to a study by Fortune Business Insights, the artificial intelligence market is projected to make up to $ 267 billion on a global level.
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IT - Humor
User Was Told Three Times 'Do Not Reboot This PC' - Then Unplugged IT Anyway
The Register, January 27th, 2023

Even with instructions staring them in the face, this genius couldn't get it right

In last week's edition of On Call, The Register's weekly column dedicated to readers' days being damaged by demands to deflect needless disaster, we wondered if the inevitabilities of death and taxes should be joined by meaningless managerial interventions. This week, we have a new candidate to join lists of iconic inevitabilities: users ignoring instructions and then complaining when their own actions create complications.

Let's explore this idea with the help of a reader we'll Regomize as "Ivan," who once looked after the IT fleet at a large energy company.
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IT - Technology
Top 8 Web 3.0 Trends And Predictions For 2023 And Beyond
SearchCIO, January 26th, 2023

It's still early days for the next major iteration of the world wide web, but that's all likely to change soon. Here's how experts say Web 3.0 will evolve in the coming year.

In case you missed it, a new generation of the world wide web is coming. The current iteration, Web 2.0, tends to concentrate content on social networks owned by big technology companies such as Google and Meta. In contrast, proponents claim Web 3.0 will be decentralized, enabling content creators to profit more directly from their works, which will often be paid for in cryptocurrencies and whose ownership will be verified by public entries on a blockchain.
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IT - CRM
5 CRMs That Seamlessly Integrate With Google Workspace
AiTHORITY, January 23rd, 2023

When the pandemic occurred, throwing everything out of gear, most businesses were grappling with some basic concerns - how to switch to an online mode of work? How to get work done? How to quantify productivity?

In 2021, Google Workspace emerged as the knight in shining armor for countless small as well as large-scale organizations, which had to suddenly move their business online to keep them up and running. Google iterated that were roughly 3 billion professionals who rely on Google Workspace for their digital business needs.
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IT - HR
Gartner HR Survey Identifies Top Five Challenges Facing DEI Leaders
Gartner, January 24th, 2023

Business Leaders Failing to Take Ownership for Driving DEI Outcomes is the Top Challenge

Fifty one percent of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leaders say their top challenge is business leaders failing to take ownership for driving DEI outcomes, according to Gartner, Inc.

The survey of 181 DEI leaders conducted between September and October 2022 polled DEI leaders on their proficiency, effectiveness and experiences leading the DEI function. The other top challenges that respondents ranked included: limited power to effectively drive decisions that shape DEI outcomes, ineffective coordination of DEI efforts across business units, limited DEI staff to drive progress and employee resistance to DEI change efforts
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Hybrid Working To Continue, Say 85% Of IT Leaders
Gartner, January 24th, 2023

Acer survey finds IT decision-makers overwhelmingly in favour of hybrid working, partly as a way to reduce carbon emissions

Eighty-five per cent of IT leaders say they want their staff to continue hybrid working in the future, according to computer manufacture Acer.

It has been estimated that reducing commuting could reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent.

IT decision-makers overwhelming vote to continue the hybrid-working model will sit well with employees, as most staff prefer to work for companies with a robust attitude towards climate change and sustainability.
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Strategies That Are Followed By The HR Leaders For This Year-2023
CXOtoday.com, January 26th, 2023

HR professionals are pushing their limits in order to deal with the post-Covid effects on the labor market as businesses get ready to start a new year of business.

When the markets completely reopened in 2022, HR managers still had a difficult time managing, retaining, and reskilling their employees. Their priorities changed as a result of the Great Recession, the War for Talent, the health and financial crisis, and the creation of new workplace job roles.

Having said that, in contrast to difficult economic times, the upcoming year is anticipated to bring increased profitability. HR strategies in 2023 will attempt to address skill gaps, talent shortages, and employee performance and experience as a constantly evolving field. This will result in cutting-edge fashions that will also help people's performance and culture.
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IT - BI
Data Analytics And BI Trends In 2023
Dataversity, January 24th, 2023

As we enter 2023, it is a good time to explore the biggest data analytics and BI trends for this new year. This article will look at the top 12 trends in data analytics and BI, which collectively guide the education, health care, economic, and environment sectors.

In a data-first business ecosystem, data and analytics are jointly transforming the commercial world, and all emerging data analytics and BI trends seem to suggest that the global commercial world is rapidly evolving toward data-centricity. All 12 trends indicate that businesses are quickly becoming data-centric to remain competitive and successful in the global business landscape.
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IT - PM
10 Benefits Of Adopting Project Portfolio Management
searchCIO, January 26th, 2023

Project portfolio management takes a centralized approach to managing projects and focuses on aligning projects with company goals. Learn how it adds value to project management.

The complexity, cost and size of projects have grown exponentially in recent decades. So, too, have the number of projects undertaken by organizations. Taken together, it's no wonder that managing projects efficiently and completing them successfully have both become critical priorities for many organizations.

In fact, the success of projects has become so central to enterprise success that the Project Management Institute (PMI) has labeled the commerce of this age as the Project Economy, saying it's an era "where organizations deliver value to stakeholders through successful completion of projects, delivery of products, and alignment to value streams."
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Best Project Portfolio Management Software And Tools In 2023
SearchCIO, January 24th, 2023

Project portfolio management software and tools in 2023 promote strategic management of projects and agile tactics. Read our PPM list for guidance on which tools do what.

The tools and software used by enterprises for project and portfolio management (PPM) are evolving in response to workplace trends, including the rise in working from home, enterprise adoption of new cloud architectures and growing economic uncertainty.

PPM tools are designed to help improve strategic planning across a portfolio of multiple projects. They sit atop project management (PM) tools, which help teams coordinate the people, materials and equipment involved in individual projects.
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IT - Operations
Investing In The Rising Data Center Economy
DataCenter Knowledge, January 23rd, 2023

Private investors have snapped up data centers in recent years, but plenty of other potential investment opportunities in the sector's value chain may be going unnoticed.

The explosion in demand for data centers has attracted the attention of investors of all types - growth capital, buyout, real estate, and, increasingly, infrastructure investors. In the US market alone, demand-measured by power consumption to reflect the number of servers a data center can house - is expected to reach 35 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, up from 17 GW in 2022, according to McKinsey analysis. The United States accounts for roughly 40 percent of the global market.
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4 Tips To Find Cyber Insurance Coverage In 2023
SearchSecurity, January 23rd, 2023

The cyber insurance industry is settling down but isn't without challenges. Read up on cyber insurance in 2023 and how to get the most from your organization's coverage this year.

"Stability, but not simplicity" perfectly summarizes the state of cyber insurance for 2023. While prices have settled, relatively speaking, insurers are rolling out major changes that may limit coverage due to cloud outages, major software vulnerabilities and other widespread cyber events. Major changes are also on the horizon with respect to "acts of war" exclusions, which are especially concerning given the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict.

Read on for details and tips for getting the most out of your cyber insurance in 2023.
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Data Center Pro Considers The Future Of Hybrid Data Centers
DataCenter Knowledge, January 24th, 2023

Hector Diaz shares his answers to AFCOM's "Five Data Points" interview series.

Data center member organization AFCOM interviewed Hector Diaz, the Director for Data Center Strategy & Architecture at Johnson & Johnson, on the data center industry and its impact on the world. Hector is a member of AFCOM's Data Center Institute (DCI) and has more than 15 years of experience as a senior business leader designing, deploying, and operating mission-critical data center infrastructure.
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Lessons From Log4Shell: 4 Key Takeaways For DevSecOps Teams
ReversingLabs, January 25th, 2023

The Log4Shell vulnerability is considered to be one of the most significant software bugs in recent years, because of its severity, pervasiveness and long-lasting impact on organizations.

The Log4Shell vulnerability is present in several older versions of the Apache Software Foundation's Log4j, a logging framework that is almost ubiquitously present in Java application environments. The flaw gives remote attackers a relatively easy to way to execute arbitrary code on an affected system. Apache disclosed the vulnerability in January 2021.
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Use ISO 50001:2018 As A Guide For Green Data Centers
Search DataCenter, January 25th, 2023

Data centers use a lot of energy, and it can be difficult to navigate how to reduce energy use. ISO 50001:2018 provides guidance to create energy-saving plans and use targets.

The ISO 50001:2018 standard outlines a framework for a systematic approach to improving energy performance within an organization. Data centers often use the standard as they look to address their environmental impact, conserve resources and improve their bottom line.

The standard provides guidance for organizations to develop an energy management system (EnMS) to improve energy use. It also helps promote a culture of continual improvement of energy efficiency into their everyday practices. Organizations that follow this standard can make strides to achieve energy and cost savings through informed decision-making to implement energy-saving practices across sites, processes, equipment and operations.
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Industry Pro Explores Renewable Developments And The Future Of Data Center Sustainability
DataCenter Knowledge, January 27th, 2023

Mark Monroe shares his answers to AFCOM's "Five Data Points" interview series.

Data center member organization AFCOM interviewed Mark Monroe, principal engineer in Microsoft's Datacenter Advanced Development group, on the data center industry and its impact on the world. Mark is a member of AFCOM's Data Center Institute and he's a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with a focus on change acceleration in corporate settings. He has led industry consortiums including Infrastructure Masons and The Green Grid, and has served on the board of directors for the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder, CO.
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IT - Security
Why Your Organization Needs Rule-Based Access Control
InformationWeek, January 25th, 2023

Widely used role-based security offers strong network protection. Lesser-known rule-based access control can provide even more resiliency.

Role-based access control allows network managers to personalize a user's access level based on the individual's role within the organization. Rule-based systems, on the other hand, grant access to individuals complying with a specific set of conditions. By establishing a pre-defined rule-based access control setting, an administrator might, for example, grant a person or team access to a specific network resource only during regular business day hours.

Rule-based access control, frequently abbreviated as RuBAC, is often described as an attribute-based control, since end users are given a specific level of system access based on pre-determined criteria, regardless of their role or position within the organization, explains Joe Dowling, Dell Technologies' vice president of cybersecurity, identity, and access management.
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3 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2023 [Backed By Data]
kasada, January 25th, 2023

Bots have gained massive popularity in the media as Elon Musk made it his personal mission to get rid of Twitter bots, bots were accused of buying out Taylor Swift tickets, and used to illegally steal and sell pharmacy prescriptions.

In 2023, we predict bots will continue to drive headlines, revealing innovative ways to commit fraud, influence public opinion, and shape the economy.

Prediction 1:

Online organizations will experience a record number of bots performing account takeover (ATO) and fake account generation for creative fraud schemes
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5 Fraud Risk Management Principles & Assessment Strategies
DATADOME, January 25th, 2023

Fraud is moving online. In 2021, when most people were stuck inside because of the pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported a 70% increase in consumer fraud reports compared to 2020. Consumers lost a total of $5.8 billion to mostly impostor scams and online shopping scams.

But fraudsters don't just target consumers; they frequently target businesses too. In fact, fraudsters have been known to target their own employers. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE's) 2022 Global Fraud Survey reported that the average business loses about 5% of its revenue to occupational fraud every year. The median cost of each fraud case was $117,000 with some heavy outliers that made the average cost $1,783,000 per fraud case.
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5 Manual Tasks Security Professionals Solve With Compliance Software
hyperproof, January 26th, 2023

From collecting evidence to remediating issues, security compliance professionals are responsible for a variety of tasks, many of which are manual and time-consuming.

They lose time to frustrating, tedious workflows that complicate things more than they help, which can lead to low employee morale. With the importance of their jobs growing more by the day, it's essential to find ways to improve the day-to-day functions of security teams. Many of these laborious tasks can be simplified and made more efficient with compliance software, and they can eliminate many of the pain points related to compliance work.
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Best Ways To Make Sure Remote Workers Protect Your Company's IT Resources
Architecture&Governance, January 25th, 2023

Researchers at Washington State University recently examined and compared two approaches for motivating security compliance behaviors among remote workers.

Fear of what could go wrong is perhaps the greatest motivator when it comes to getting remote workers to protect their employer's assets, according to their recent study.

Employees need to feel that it is a big deal if a breech happens. So, the number one thing employers can do is clearly communicate what the threats are and how serious they could be, according to the researchers. Typically, the employee's job is to make something or sell something, not to make good security choices, even if it is critical for their organization.
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Gartner Predicts 10% Of Large Enterprises Will Have A Mature And Measurable Zero-Trust Program In Place By 2026
Gartner, January 23rd, 2023

Zero trust is top of mind for most organizations as a critical strategy to reduce risk, but few organizations have actually completed zero-trust implementations. Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2026, 10% of large enterprises will have a mature and measurable zero-trust program in place, up from less than 1% today.

Gartner defines zero trust as a security paradigm that explicitly identifies users and devices and grants them just the right amount of access so the business can operate with minimal friction while risks are reduced.

'Many organizations established their infrastructure with implicit rather than explicit trust models to ease access and operations for workers and workloads. Attackers abuse this implicit trust in infrastructure to establish malware and then move laterally to achieve their objectives,' said John Watts, VP Analyst at Gartner. 'Zero trust is a shift in thinking to address these threats by requiring continuously assessed, explicitly calculated and adaptive trust between users, devices, and resources.'
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Gartner Report: Prioritizing Security Controls For Enterprise Servers And End-User Endpoints
Security Boulevard, January 27th, 2023

As organizations focus on digital transformation and begin moving more aspects of their business to the cloud, enterprise servers have also experienced dramatic transformation.

Yet, according to Gartner, 'Many organizations still use the same protection controls for servers and end-user endpoints, despite these technologies' different security requirements and threat exposure.'

Download the full Gartner report to learn more about the steps your organization can take to reduce its risk of a server workload breach
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Log4J Forever Changed What (Some) Cyber Pros Think About Open-Source Software (OSS)
Security Intelligence, January 23rd, 2023

In late 2021, the Apache Software Foundation disclosed a vulnerability that set off a panic across the global tech industry.

The bug, known as Log4Shell, was found in the ubiquitous open-source logging library Log4j, and it exposed a huge swath of applications and services.

Nearly anything from popular consumer and enterprise platforms to critical infrastructure and IoT devices was exposed. Over 35,000 Java packages were impacted by Log4j vulnerabilities. That's over 8% of the Maven Central repository, the world's largest Java package repository.
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Massive Tech Layoffs Continue To Increase Insider Risks For Enterprises
DTEX Systems, January 23rd, 2023

The looming recession is driving big tech companies to reduce their workforce in 2023, with Microsoft being the latest to announce significant layoffs. Salesforce, Amazon, and Alphabet have also reduced headcount in recent weeks after engaging in massive hiring sprees over the past two years.

According to Layoffs.fyi, there were 154,000 layoffs from more than 1,000 tech companies last year. This shift in the hiring market can be incredibly nerve-wracking for employees, especially if they have been directly impacted by layoffs previously. It also presents significant cybersecurity risks to enterprises that aren't placing enough focus on insider threats. A recent analysis of the DTEX i3 team's real-life investigations revealed that employee termination was a major threat contributing to corporate system sabotage by malicious insiders.
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NIST Publishes Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper
Continuity Central, January 23rd, 2023

NIST has been developing an update to its widely used Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), to keep it in-line with the evolving cyber security landscape.

As part of this work, NIST has published the Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Concept Paper, which outlines the most significant potential changes in the new CSF.

NIST has published the Concept Paper to gain additional input before issuing a draft CSF 2.0 this Summer and is asking for feedback by March 3, 2023
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Orgs Must Prepare For Sec Cybersecurity Requirements Aimed At Boards
Security Boulevard, January 23rd, 2023

Enterprises might want to spend the next few months checking and bolstering their boards' cybersecurity chops - because by the end of 2023, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to finalize its proposal requiring them to attest to their boards' cybersecurity acumen - as well as disclose their cybersecurity oversight efforts and information on attacks.

All this is an effort to shift some cybersecurity accountability to boards, a move that is not wholly unexpected. Organizations have been urged to add cybersecurity expertise to those governing bodies to bolster their cybersecurity postures, get strategies approved and funded more easily and apply much-needed accountability.

'Our 2022 U.S. Cybersecurity Census indicates that the average cybersecurity leader is faced with 42 attacks each year-three of them successful-and the majority of those surveyed anticipate that number will only increase in the coming year. However, the research also shows widespread demand for cybersecurity talent as the international IT workforce shortage endures,' said Darren Guccione, CEO and co-founder at Keeper Security. 'The board of directors and fellow business leaders must support their CISO's priorities and needs, particularly when they're faced with a cyberattack or data breach.'
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Phishing Trends: 2019-2022
Bolster, January 25th, 2023

Bolster has scanned over 1 billion websites and counting to detect phishing and counterfeit pages. We have been reporting on trends for four years and continue to observe an increase in the number of phishing and scam/counterfeit pages.

In 2019, Bolster detected 4.2 million phishing and scam/counterfeit pages. In 2020, that number increased by 66% to nearly 7 million pages with a daily average of 19,000 counterfeit pages detected.

In 2021, the total number of phishing and counterfeit pages increased by 53% over 2020 levels, reaching more than 10.7 million. The average number of phishing and counterfeit pages detected per day also increased to over 29,000 indicating that the threat is not only growing, but also becoming more frequent.
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Top 10 Types Of Information Security Threats For IT Teams
SearchSecurity, January 25th, 2023

Common security threats range from insider threats to advanced persistent threats, and they can bring an organization to its knees unless its in-house security team is aware of them and ready to respond.

Although the terms security threat, security event and security incident are related, in the world of cybersecurity these information security threats have different meanings.

A security threat is a malicious act that aims to corrupt or steal data or disrupt an organization's systems or the entire organization. A security event refers to an occurrence during which company data or its network may have been exposed. And an event that results in a data or network breach is called a security incident.
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What Are The Five Elements Of The NIST Cybersecurity Framework?
Legit Secuity, January 23rd, 2023

A cybersecurity framework is a group of documents outlining guidelines, security-related standards, and best practices to help organizations manage and protect their assets from cybersecurity threats.

Any InfoSec framework aims to prepare organizations and minimize the potential risk of vulnerabilities by identifying and remediating them.

Example cybersecurity frameworks include the NIST cybersecurity framework, the ISO 27001 framework, the Cybersecurity maturity model (CMMC) developed by the US Department of Defense (DoD), as well as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Legit Security has aggregated many of these frameworks together into best-practices that can reduce software supply chain risk dramatically.
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Why Zero Trust Works When Everything Else Doesn't
SecurityIntelligence, January 27th, 2023

The zero trust security model is proving to be one of the most effective cybersecurity approaches ever conceived.

Zero trust - also called zero trust architecture (ZTA), zero trust network architecture (ZTNA) and perimeter-less security - takes a 'default deny' security posture. All people and devices must prove explicit permission to use each network resource each time they use that resource.

Using microsegmentation and least privileged access principles, zero trust not only prevents breaches but also stymies lateral movement should a breach occur. In the modern digital frontier, this approach has become invaluable.
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Data Privacy Trends To Follow For 2023
InformationWeek, January 26th, 2023

A boom in privacy-focused tech, coupled with new regulations coming into force, is likely to spell a shift toward greater transparency and safeguarding of personal data in the year ahead.

Economies and businesses are becoming increasingly prudent about managing data. Yet, despite these efforts, and the roll-out of national and -- in the case of the EU -- continent-wide steps to better regulate the safeguarding of data, security breaches remain commonplace.

According to an IBM and Ponemon Institute report, the average cost of a data breach reached a new high of US$4.35 million in 2022. The researchers arrived at this staggering number based on several cost factors, such as legal, regulatory, and technical activities, loss of brand equity, customer turnover, and drain on employee productivity.
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IT - Database
Cloud Databases Are Maturing Rapidly, Gartner Says
Datanami, January 23rd, 2023

The mad dash to the cloud continues, but now we're entering a maturation phase that's bringing more advanced capabilities for both analytical and transactional workloads in the cloud, Gartner analysts wrote in their latest report on cloud database management systems.

In their latest Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems, Gartner analysts Henry Cook, Merv Adrian, Rick Greenwald, and Xingyu Gu sliced and diced the market for cloud database offerings, which accounts for more than half of the total database market. Twenty vendors made the final cut, which includes a mix of relational and non-relational databases, document stores, and data warehouses.
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The Database Of The Future: Seven Key Principles
DevOps.com, January 25th, 2023

The database of the future will be more than just a database. Instead, it will be a platform that focuses on the user experience and abstracts the technology.

Looking at the evolution of application development, an enormous amount of effort has made it easier to build and deploy applications. Similarly, databases need to evolve for ease of use with a delightful developer experience and an exemplary user interface that surfaces features and functionalities that engineers will actually use.

Here are seven principal features needed to chart the development of the future database.
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IT - Linux
Linux Malware Hit A New High In 2022
techradar.pro, January 23rd, 2023

The number of Linux malware strains grew by 50% year-on-year

Linux might be enjoying a boost as more and more devices get powered by the operating system, but with popularity also inevitably come crooks, with new reports claiming the number of malware targeting the software skyrocketing in 2022.

Findings from Atlas VPN based on data from threat intelligence platform AV-ATLAS, claims that in 2022 there were 1.9 million new Linux malware threats, bringing the figure up 50% year-on-year.

Most of the new Linux(opens in new tab) malware samples were discovered in the first three months of the year, the report further claims.
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IT - FOSS
3 Predictions For Open Source In Confidential Computing
opensource.com, January 23rd, 2023

Confidential computing is becoming more widely known by security and developer communities. Look out for these key trends in 2023.

It's a new year, which means it's time to predict what the next year will bring regarding future tech trends. After guessing the World Cup champion, I feel confident sharing my personal perspective on the confidential computing market in the near future.
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IT - HPC
@HPCpodcast-48: Handel Jones On China And The AI Race (41:21)
OrionX, January 24th, 2023

Join us for an insightful discussion with Dr. Handel Jones, author of the recent book When AI Rules the World: China, the U.S., and the Race to Control a Smart Planet, and CEO of International Business Strategies, Inc.

Subjects covered include where the United States stands compared to China in advanced technologies, trade wars, chip fabrication economics and capacity, battery technologies, demographics, Taiwan, rare earths, Covid, and what the future might hold.
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The CIO's Guide To Migrating HPC Workloads To The Cloud
DataCenter Knowledge, January 27th, 2023

The benefits of moving high performance computing to the cloud can go beyond speeding up access to the right hardware but you still need to think about skills and cost control.

When the UK's national weather forecaster, the Met Office, announced its next supercomputer purchase would actually be a cloud subscription, that was controversial: it recently settled out of court with its previous IT supplier after claims the decision was unfair. What it chose was a traditional supercomputer from a non-traditional supplier: selecting four Cray EX systems on Azure to 'spend less time buying supercomputers and more time utilizing them" as Met Office IT Fellow Richard Lawrence phrased it.
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IT - Cloud
The 2022-2023 Cloud Awards Announces Its Finalists
Computerworld, January 24th, 2023

The finalists of the international cloud computing program, The Cloud Awards, have been released this week.

In its twelfth year, Cloud Awards categories include "Best Software as a Service," "Best Place to Work in the Cloud," and "Cloud Project of the Year."

Head of Operations for the Cloud Awards, James Williams, said: "Advancing to the next stage of The Cloud Awards program is a remarkable achievement and we're excited to celebrate with all those finalists who made the cut.
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Top 17 Cloud Cost Management Tools
CIO, January 26th, 2023

Keeping on top of the outlay of your cloud estate is more important than ever. These platforms will help you get a pulse on your cloud use and associated costs, which can add up rapidly

It feels like just yesterday that we were promised that cloud servers cost just pennies. You could rent a rack with the spare change behind the sofa cushions and have money left for an ice cream sandwich.

Those days are long gone. When the monthly cloud bill arrives, CFOs are hitting the roof. Developer teams are learning that the pennies add up, sometimes faster than expected, and it's time for some discipline.
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Understanding Cloud Cost Optimization Tools
DataCenter Knowledge, January 27th, 2023

This quick guide highlights the most popular and useful resources we've uncovered for enterprises looking to remain lean, or become even leaner, on the cloud.

It's common to talk about cloud cost optimization as if it's a singular process - which implies you can achieve it using just one type of tool and one technique.

But in fact, optimizing cloud spending is a multi-faceted affair. There are several different approaches to reducing cloud costs, and ideally, you'll leverage all of them to achieve the best possible balance between price and performance in your cloud environment.
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IT - Wireless
How 5G Networks Are Secured and Enabled By SASE
Cyber Defense Magazine, January 23rd, 2023

As more organizations consider their own 5G MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) roll outs and environments, there are important deployment and security considerations.

While still a fairly new technology, adoption rates of 5G have increased significantly, currently at three times that of 4G. The buzz has been growing around 5G for some time, as the new networking standard promises faster speeds, greater bandwidth, and optimized mobility.

The technology has quickly gone from concept to reality as the demand for an enhanced digital experience, along with the increase in personal and IoT devices, as well as workload transition to cloud, have driven the need for 5G.
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IT - DR
An Expert Disaster Recovery Plan Checklist Template For 2023
Solutions Review, January 24th, 2023

Solutions Review's Expert Insights Series is a collection of contributed articles written by industry experts in enterprise software categories. In this feature, Barracuda's SVP of Data Protection Tim Jefferson offers a disaster recovery plan checklist as an essential resource to consider this year.

The impact of data loss or corruption from hardware failure, human error, hacking or malware can devastate the day-to-day operations of businesses. That's why it is imperative to have a plan for data backup and restoration of digital information. In a worst case scenario - and a best case scenario for that matter - organizations can rely on their backed up data and disaster recovery solution to get back to business as usual, with minimal losses. However, many organizations don't understand the most critical components of a disaster recovery plan, nor do they know how to create one for themselves.

A successful solution simplifies business continuity and disaster recovery operations by providing customers with flexible options for data replication and data recovery, reducing costs and the risk for data loss.
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Disaster Recovery Blunder Broke New York Stock Exchange This Week
The Register, January 26th, 2023

On Tuesday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) failed to open properly, disrupting and invalidating auction trading for more than 250 securities.

The NYSE in a statement on Wednesday said that "a technical issue" prevented the opening auction process by which stocks get priced through the reconciliation of orders since the previous day's market close.

"The root cause was determined to be a manual error involving the exchange's disaster recovery configuration at system start of day," the NYSE said.
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RTO vs RPO: Definitions, Examples & Difference Explained
Enterprise Storage Forum, January 26th, 2023

Recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) help enterprises measure the allowable time for critical software to be down and backup intervals.

They're useful tools in disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity procedures, and they're indispensable for organizations that need to closely track backup requirements.

These objectives are similar but measure different things:

  • Recovery time objective (RTO) measures the duration of time an application can be down without considerably damaging business operations.
  • Recovery point objective (RPO) measures the amount of data that can be lost without considerably damaging business operations or finances.

RTO and RPO assist businesses with backup and recovery management as they prioritize their data and applications to serve customers and maintain stable IT systems.
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IT - IoT
5G IoT Connections Are Set To Hit A Major Milestone This Year
techradar.pro, January 24th, 2023

Huge shift towards 5G IoT devices is coming fast

A new study has identified 2023 as a huge turning point for 5G IoT (Internet of Things) connections globally, and the next three years are set to see those come into their own.

Juniper Research estimates that, already, there are 17 million 5G IoT connections worldwide this year, however the figure is set to expand by 1,100% over the next three years to the point that 116 million connections will be active in 2026.

The research anticipates that the healthcare sector and smart city services will make up the bulk of these connections.
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IIoT Is Powering The Transition To Industry 4.0, And Enterprises Shouldn't Risk Being Left Behind
VentureBeat, January 26th, 2023

The fourth industrial revolution, better known as Industry 4.0, is happening now - and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and edge computing are at the epicenter of this transition.

The adoption of IIOT has steadily increased globally, in part accelerated by the pandemic; manufacturers realized the importance of digital transformation in the face of supply chain issues and workforce shortages.

Harnessing machine learning (ML), AI and big data, IIoT's potential to bolster global production, support remote operations and optimize manufacturing and analytics are well understood. In fact, The global IIoT market size was $263.52 billion in 2021 and is expected to realize a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.1% between 2022 and 2030.
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IT - Careers
Compare 6 Major Network Certifications For 2023
Search Networking, January 26th, 2023

Network certifications can span networking fundamentals to product-specific knowledge. Evaluate six certifications, and weigh factors like job roles, cost, prerequisites and skills.

Certification and experience are great ways of showing an employer you're motivated and comfortable with a body of knowledge. But vendors and organizations offer so many certification options it's sometimes difficult to know where to turn when you're ready to take the next step.
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Tech Jobs Dominate The Top 25 'Best' Jobs In The US, Indeed Says
Computerworld, January 26th, 2023

Online job site Indeed.com's latest report on the 25 best jobs in the US found that almost half of them are in tech - and layoffs by tech firms are doing little to offset a continuing dearth of tech talent.

Online job site Indeed this week released its list of the 25 best jobs in the US, and the top slot went to full stack developer, which offers a median annual salary of $130,000 and allows for a mostly remote or hybrid workplace.

In fact, eight tech jobs were among the top 10 positions on this year's list, compared to just two tech jobs in the top 10 on last year's list. In 2022, tech jobs were moving down the top jobs list; now, a year later, tech jobs are surging upward.
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IT - Email
Top 6 Email Security Technologies For The Enterprise
Security Boulevard, January 23rd, 2023

Email security refers to the measures taken to protect email communications from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction.

It is important because email is a commonly used method of communication and is often used to transmit sensitive information such as personal data, financial information and confidential business information.

Without proper security measures, this information could fall into the wrong hands, leading to financial loss or reputational damage. Additionally, email can also be used to spread malware or as a vector for phishing attacks, which can further compromise security. Therefore, implementing email security measures can help prevent these types of threats and protect individuals and organizations from harm, and should be a priority in any company's information security strategy.
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Using M365? Use DMARC To Protect Your Organizational Identity
24x7 IT Connection, January 23rd, 2023

Did you know that there are entities likely spoofing your business identity without your knowledge?

These are messages that are being sent out 'pretending' to be from your company when they didn't originate from within your organization. How can a company begin to understand what is being sent out to look like them? Even more concerning is if the message reaches one of your customers and contains malware, viruses, or is a phishing attempt? Is there a way to see what's being sent around the internet without your knowledge and more importantly is there way to stop it or any spoofing email that could be happening? Using M365? DMARC records can help.
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IT - Backup
3 Data Protection And Governance Predictions For 2023
Search Data Backup, January 25th, 2023

How should backup teams prepare for a new year? Data protection pros can adjust to a changing IT landscape by keeping an eye on ransomware, data governance and compliance.

So many things happened in 2022 in the areas of data backup, recovery and governance! Many of my peers would describe these markets as somewhat mature. I would agree that they're not new and "shiny" like other markets, but it would be wrong to conclude that they are not extremely dynamic, lucrative for vendors and investors, and a source of fundamental technology for IT professionals.
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The Best Cloud Backup Services In 2023
tom's guide, January 24th, 2023

The best cloud backup services protect your data from being lost to hardware failure or physical disasters

The best cloud backup solutions can help you avoid dealing with data loss as you always have an extra copy of your most important files stored securely in the cloud. Each of these services constantly copies data back and forth from your computer to cloud servers elsewhere in the world that can be easily reached from anywhere you can get internet access.

Cloud backup is a necessary thing to have as you can't always rely on local backup drives to protect your data. Even with an external drive hooked up to your PC or as a stand-alone backup device on your home network, it could still be stolen or damaged in a flood or fire, leaving you with nothing.
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IT - Big Data
Are Data Warehouses Still Relevant?
Dataversity, January 25th, 2023

Over the past few years, enterprise data architectures have evolved significantly to accommodate the changing data requirements of modern businesses.

The emergence of advanced data storage technologies, such as cloud computing, data hubs, and data lakes, makes us question the role of traditional data warehouses in modern data architecture.

Data warehouses were first introduced in the 1990s as relational data storage spaces for decisional support systems; however, they have undergone considerable change over the years to support business intelligence (BI) and data-driven decision-making.
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Best Practices For Migrating Unstructured Data
TechRepublic, January 27th, 2023

Learn how to optimize data migration projects for unstructured data movement and transformation. This guide can help you maintain data quality while reducing the time and effort it takes to manage unstructured data.

Data and its application to key initiatives is the core of any successful business in today's world. To keep up with their competitors, organizations across the board are working to better leverage their data, but many of them are challenged by the fact that a large portion of their data is unstructured. While this data is still valuable, it can be challenging to access and make proper use of it in enterprise applications and systems.
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Big Data And Analytics Software Market To Record Strong Growth In The Coming Years, Says IDC
IDC, January 24th, 2023

The Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Software Tracker published by International Data Corporation (IDC) expects current geopolitical developments to have a mild impact on market growth, with a positive outlook for the future.

The trend of companies relying on data manipulation to analyze, predict, and swiftly adapt to changing market conditions is here to stay, being fueled by ongoing supply chain and demand shift challenges.

The BDA market has suffered moderately due to the Russia-Ukraine war, as well as to the euro weakening against the dollar, but this has largely been largely limited to the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. In the first half of 2022, the EMEA BDA market posted year-on-year revenue growth of 10% in U.S. dollars, while growth in constant currency reached 19.5%.
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IT - Encryption
Experts Applaud Expansion Of Apple's E2E Encryption
SearchSecurity, January 23rd, 2023

Amidst growing privacy concerns and data breach threats, Apple launched Advanced Data Protection for U.S. customers last month to secure almost all data stored in iCloud.

While Apple's Advanced Data Protection drew backlash from the FBI, members of the infosec community agree it's a step forward in user privacy and beneficial for enterprise security in an increasingly remote workforce.

In December, Apple launched three new data security and authentication tools including iMessage Contact Key Verification, Security Keys for Apple ID and -- most notably -- Advanced Data Protection. The new offering expands Apple's end-to-end encryption (E2EE) protection to the cloud, including device and messages backup, the iCloud drive, notes, photos, voice memos, wallet items and more.
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IT - Developer
5 Reasons Why CISOs Are Investing In API Security
Noname Security , January 25th, 2023

Digital transformation has ushered in a new era of devices, applications and online services.

And though apps get most of the credit, application programming interfaces, or APIs, provide the underlying connectivity between software and services that make it all possible. As any developer will confirm, APIs enable organizations to streamline workflows, develop new ways to support customers, and pursue new avenues to drive profit. However, despite the countless benefits, APIs also expand the attack surface. And API attacks have unfortunately been on the rise.
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8 Programming Languages We Love To Hate - But Can't Live Without
InfoWorld, January 23rd, 2023

Tools masquerading as languages, maddening syntax, dusty old code that just won't die-here's what has us shaking our fists.

The advice to not carry a grudge may be well-meaning, but it certainly didn't come from anyone who's wrestled with a computer for a living. Toil for any amount of time with the infernal logic of a programming language and you'll know the horrors of the inky void where the worst bugs dwell.

Fans love to tout the advantages of their favorite programming languages and sing of the intuitive magic they'll bring to your coding fingers. Nearly every programming language was created by someone with a grand plan for simplifying their programming chores, and the creators usually succeed-at least in that narrow sense. The problem is that there are often secondary or tertiary effects that aren't as wonderful.
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9 API Security Tools On The Frontlines Of Cybersecurity
CSO Online, January 26th, 2023

Top API security tools can help hold the line against modern threats to the important and ubiquitous software development interfaces.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) have become a critical part of networking, programs, applications, devices, and nearly everything else in the computing landscape. This is especially true for cloud and mobile computing, neither of which could probably exist in its current form without APIs holding everything together or managing much of backend functionality.

Because of their reliability and simplicity, APIs have become ubiquitous across the computing landscape. Most organizations probably don't even know how many APIs are operating within their networks, especially within their clouds. There are likely thousands APIs working within larger companies and even smaller organizations probably rely on more APIs than they realize.
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Vaadin 2023 Predictions: Continued Growth Of Java Will Create New Opportunities
vmblog.com, January 25th, 2023

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2023. Read them in this 15th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

According to the State of the Developer Nation survey by SlashData, Java is experiencing significant growth and is expected to continue to do so, with 49% of all active developers worldwide currently using it. Despite economic challenges, the continued increase in Java usage is expected to create numerous opportunities for developers in 2023 to contribute to positive business outcomes.
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What Are The Risks Of Continuous Deployment?
TechZone360, January 25th, 2023

Continuous deployment (CD) is a software development practice where code changes are automatically built, tested, and deployed to production without human intervention.

This allows for faster and more frequent releases, and helps to reduce the risk of errors and bugs in the production environment. It is often used in conjunction with Continuous integration (CI), which is the practice of automatically building and testing code changes as they are made.
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IT - CxO Events
InformationWeek: Open-Source Software Supply Chain Security and Management (Jan. 31st)
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2;00 PM

How can CIOs empower their developers without creating new vulnerabilities, fix critical bugs in code the business might not even know is running, and remain both secure and productive?

We know there will be more attacks like those on Solarwinds, Log4J, and Kaseya, and more compromises of open-source components like Apache Struts and OpenSSL. Software supply chain threats - both the malicious attackers and the accidents waiting to happen -- are now a fact of life. How can IT leaders stay ahead of them?

In this webinar, you'll learn:

  • How to take stock of the many open-source components in your code.
  • What a software bill of materials can and can't do.
  • What tools can help identify vulnerabilities and integrate into development workflows.
  • Where automation can help.

Hosted by InformationWeek, Sponsored by Snyk
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Evaluator Group: Trends in Enterprise Data Protection (Feb. 7th)
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023: 11:00 AM to 12;00 PM EST

In this interactive discussion, Sr. Analyst Krista Macomber will cover key insights from our recent Research Study 'Trends in Enterprise Data Protection' and provide an outlook for 2023.

Data protection and recovery have become board-level priorities, as both the recognition of the value of data and the threat of cyber-attacks such as ransomware both rise. With this in mind, modern data protection must be able to serve not only core backup and recovery use cases; it also must be able to help to prevent and detect attacks, as well.

Krista covers data protection and management, with a focus on multi-cloud environments, for Evaluator Group. She brings approximately a decade of experience providing research and advisory services and creating thought leadership content, with a focus on IT infrastructure and data management and protection.

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CIO's Future of Work Summit North America (Feb. 15th)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023: 11:30 AM to 4;05 PM EST

It's 2023 - Do You Know Who Is Leaving Your Organization Next?

The millennial, Gen Z and Gen X generations make up 75% of today's workforce, and almost half don't plan to stay more than two years at their current company. Gen Z applicants have even higher expectations for purpose and meaning. The challenges are the same for organizations, no matter which side of the International border you're on.

If you aren't working - hard - to put all of your employees (remote, hybrid and in-office) front and center, your organization will find someone else who will.

CIO's Future of Work Summit will set your organization up for sustainable success!

Hosted by IDC CIO
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InformationWeek: Seeking Cost Efficiency in Public Cloud (Feb. 15th)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2;00 PM EST

Cloud computing requires capital, but it does not have to break the bank. Adapting to new, ongoing cost structures associated with cloud computing services requires IT leaders to look beyond upfront costs. Over time, organizations can find savings and improve ROI by managing expectations and understanding how cloud providers price services.

In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • How cloud migration can impact security and ROI.
  • How an on-premises-to-cloud migration process begins.
  • What the benefits of cloud migration are (cost, flexibility, performance, and scalability).
  • Strategies to overcome cloud migration challenges.
  • How companies should prioritize deployment styles.

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IDC: State of the Market: IT Spending by Industry 2023 (Feb. 15th)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

This IDC Webinar provides an update on the current state of the global IT market, and the outlook for technology budgets in 2023, with a special focus on the latest forecasts for IT spending by vertical industry.

As the global economy remains volatile and teetering on the edge of a possible recession, IT budgets are facing increased scrutiny as businesses seek to identify areas for potential cost-savings and spending cuts. Surveys continue to suggest that technology projects are highly prioritized by most organizations, but the reality of an economic recession will lead to disruption and short-term delays or adjustments to IT projects.

The presentation, featuring Jessica Goepfert and Stephen Minton from IDC's Customer Insights & Analysis team, will address questions such as:

  • What is the current outlook for IT spending in 2023, in the context of the most recent leading indicators?
  • What is the current and future outlook by industry?
  • Which areas of IT spending are vulnerable to budget cuts, and which will be more protected?
  • Where is the IT market likely to be volatile in the next 12 months, and which regions are more exposed to downside risks?

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Angelbeat: MICROSOFT: CLOUD, SECURITY, WEB3, AI/CHATGPT (Feb. 16th)
Thursday, February 16th, 2023: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Microsoft is the focus of this webinar, with comprehensive insights on their solutions and capabilities around Hybrid and Multi Cloud Architecture, Security/Compliance, Web3 Blockchain and Open Source, plus its $10 Billion partnership with ChatGPT/OpenAI.

  • 1:00 PM ET, Webinar Introduction/Overview
  • 1:05 Jay Kumar, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
  • 1:25 Jon Brown, Principal Security Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
  • 1:40 Balamurugan Balakreshnan, Cloud Transformation Lead, Microsoft
  • 2:05 Renatto Garro, Azure Migration and Modernization Lead, Microsoft
  • 2:20 Alan Holmes, Sales Engineer, HYCU

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BWGStrategy: Enhance Your Email Marketing Strategy for 2023 (Feb. 16th)
Thursday, February 16th, 2023: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Email marketing is one of the most important channels for eCommerce brands bringing in anywhere from 30%-70% of the overall revenue for their stores. Learn how to connect, interact, and gain subscribers through effective messaging.

You'll learn about:

  • Foundational Flows - the 9 essential automations for every eCommerce brand to increase subscribers, purchasers, 2X buyers, and brand loyalists.
  • The importance of a full, customized email marketing strategy to match your customer journey.
  • Learn top mistakes that most eCommerce brands make with email and how to avoid them.
  • How to discover your lost revenue & turn it into a positive gain.

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NETWORKComputing: The Business Value of AIOps and Wi-Fi as-a-Service (Feb. 21st)
Tuesday, February 21st, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

During this webinar you will learn how to enhance operations with Wi-Fi as-a-Service using AIOps, machine learning, and big data to enrich IT data.

Wi-Fi is no longer an "optional extra" when it comes to providing connectivity to employees or consumers, it's critical to business operations. Surpassing the realm of "infrastructure overhead," businesses are now electing to hand over the reins of Wi-Fi, freeing up IT teams to focus on more strategic projects and operations.

Attend and you'll:

  • Walk away with a better understanding of solving for performance and coverage/automation/efficiency using AIOps.
  • Hear experts talk about the total economic value of Wi-Fi as-a-Service.
  • Discover how Black Box Wi-Fi as-a-Service with Juniper Network Mist AI can transform your network.
  • Explore real-world network obstacles and how they were overcome by your peers.

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Gartner: The 12 Principles of Organizational Change That Every Leader (March 2nd)
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023: 10:00 AM to 11;00 PM

This complimentary change management webinar breaks down the 12 key principles of organizational change that every leader must know, and how you can incorporate

Regardless of which change methodology or approach an organization adopts, every leader must incorporate 12 principles for organizational change to be successful. This complimentary change management webinar breaks down the 12 key principles of organizational change that every leader must know, and how you can incorporate them into your change initiatives.

  • Find out what has changed in the world of change
  • Determine how to improve the likelihood of change success
  • Identify the 12 key principles of organizational change every leader must know

Hosted by Gartner
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The Gartner Top Strategic Tech Trends for 2023 (March 6th)
Monday, March 6th, 2023: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

This complimentary webinar reveals the Gartner top strategic technology trends for 2023, highlighting the trends you cannot ignore over the next three years, their potential business impact, and how you can create the roadmap your enterprise needs to take action.

Change is the constant in today's world, and technology must keep pace. Thus, innovation is mandatory. IT leaders must assess whether key technological trends have the potential to generate both opportunities and significant disruptions. Whether your enterprise needs to optimize its operations, scale its growth or pioneer new technology-led business models, you must act now or risk losing competitive advantage to those who do make the shift.

  • Identify the key technology trends for 2023
  • Understand how each trend impacts your business and can create a competitive advantage
  • Identify the trends that most align to your enterprise strategy, and prioritize them for action

Hosted by Gartner
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TechTalk: Analyst Series With IDC, East (Marrch 7th)
Tuesday, March 7th, 2023: 2:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Join an IDC Analyst as they shares unique research insights, options, and best practices to guide senior IT leaders. Participants will come away with persuasive data, fresh ideas, and new solutions for today's and tomorrow's challenges.

In this packed session, IDC will share research insights, explore the implications, and deliver leadership strategies for CIOs, rising CIOs, and senior technology professionals by revealing unique survey insights from Tech Talk Summit participants. Take a few moments from your busy schedule as we explore:

  • Validation: What are other Tech Talk Summit attendees experiencing and how do they relate to the challenges confronting you and your team?

  • Implications: What are the cascading implications impacting leading organizations now, and what can be expected over the next eighteen months as the pandemic, optimistically, winds down?

  • Guidance: Targeted insight from successful CIOs and IT leaders as well as tools, suggestions, and ideas to help you and your team on your journey

Hosted by TechTalk
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SNIA: Training Deep Learning Models in the Cloud (March 15th)
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Industry analysts predict Deep Learning (DL) will account for the majority of cloud workloads. Additionally, training of deep learning models will represent the majority of server applications in the next few years. Among DL workloads, foundation models -- a new class of AI models that are trained on broad data (typically via self-supervision) using billions of parameters - are expected to consume the majority of the infrastructure.

This webcast will discuss how Deep Learning models are gaining prominence in various industries, and provide examples of the benefits of AI adoption. We'll enumerate considerations for selection of Deep Learning infrastructure in on-premises and cloud data centers. Our presentation will include an assessment of various solution approaches and identify challenges faced by enterprises in their adoption of AI and Deep Learning technologies.

Hosted by SNIA
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Techstrong Con 2023 (March 16th)
Thursday, March 16th, 2023: 8:50 AM to 3;00 PM EST

At Techstrong Con 2023, we'll share how to build digital resilience into every aspect of your infrastructure to improve application experiences in ways that enable organizations to fully reap the benefits of digital transformation.

Digital business transformation plays a critical role in enabling organizations to evolve and adapt to rapidly changing economic conditions. However, it's apparent many organizations are struggling to achieve their goals.

Clearly, there is a major gap between the big innovative idea and actual execution. The challenge we face now is finding a way to bridge that divide so we can deliver on the promise of digital transformation! Fundamentally, digital transformation requires a level of resilience that enables organizations to improve their ability to compete by increasing customer satisfaction

Hosted by TechStrong
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IT - CxO Security Events
DARKReading: A Roadmap to Zero Trust: Steps for Meaningful Progress Amongst the Hype (Feb. 1st)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023: 12:00 PM to 1;00 PM

Businesses should focus first on easier steps that still make significant improvements to security posture, while gaining internal momentum and buy-in for the longer term initiative. The key to all of it is investing in a composable, Internet-native architecture that makes it simple to layer these steps together over time.

As we start 2023, most organizations are clear on the basic definition of Zero Trust: No corporate network request should be implicitly trusted, such that access is only authorized after verifying the identity and context of each request. Unfortunately, confusion remains regarding where and how to start implementation, let alone what it means for a multiyear modernization journey.

Join this webinar as our Zero Trust experts discuss 'quick wins' like:

  • Enforcing strong multifactor authentication and Zero Trust policies for critical applications.
  • Closing inbound ports open to the Internet.
  • Areas not always included in the Zero Trust conversation, like email and DNS.
  • More advanced steps like scanning SaaS apps via CASB, inspecting content via a Secure Web Gateway, or expanding strong MFA or ZTNA to all your apps.

Presented live by featured speaker James Allworth. Moderated by Michael Krieger.

Hosted by DARKReading
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DARKReading: Every DDoS Resilience and Response Playbook Should Include These Things (Feb. 2nd)
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023: 12:00 PM to 1;00 PM

Cyber attackers can level organizations with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. How do security teams keep stakeholders informed when services are down? Who do they call to remediate the incident and make sure the attackers don't knock everything down again?

Will the right people have the right access to the right resources if the worst happens? In this webinar, learn what processes and procedures should go into the DDoS response playbook, and learn about the tools and techniques that will help bounce back from a DDoS with ease.

When you attend this webinar you'll learn:

  • The latest tactics and techniques of Adaptive DDoS attacks.
  • The minimal requirements for building a DDoS response playbook.
  • How to determine and orchestrate the best method of mitigation per DDoS attack type.

Presented live by featured speakers Jason Clark & Roland Dobbins. Moderated by Becky Bracken.

Hosted by DARKReading
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InformationWeek: Hacking Biometrics: If You Thought Your Fingerprints Were Safe, Think Again! (Feb. 7th)
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2;00 PM EST

When you consider biometric technology as part of your multi-factor authentication process, you assume these attributes are safe. Cybercriminals can't hack your fingerprints, can they? The answer may surprise you!

iometric attributes aren't as safe as they once were. Cybercriminals are always coming up with new ways to get around safeguards, and biometric-based hacks are on the rise.

We invite you to join us and learn how biometrics work, what they can be used for against you, and how to protect your organization.

In this session you'll learn:

  • How biometric attributes are stored and used.
  • Why your digital fingerprint is not nearly unique as you think.
  • How cybercriminals steal biometric data and use it against you.
  • Attributes of strong biometric solutions.
  • Why training your users is your best, last line of defense.

Get the information you need now to protect your network!

Hosted by InformationWeek
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Blackhat: Drive Cyber Resilience With Enterprise Case Management (Feb. 9th)
Thursday, February 9th, 2023: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

In this webinar, you will learn how to rapidly respond to evolving threats while optimizing and orchestrating enterprise security operations. You will be able to enable your teams to eliminate the errors and friction of manual handoffs across systems, teams and responsibilities.

Instead, Integrations, playbooks, dashboards, and a common data model for enterprise case management expedite investigation, response, and remediation across IT, Security, and Risk teams to minimize incident impact, data loss, and exposure. This drives the maturity of your security operations, and centralizes case management for threats, data loss events, and more.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • Centralize operations to better prepare and respond to high profile security incidents such as ransomware, data breaches, and other targeted attacks.
  • Scale team capacity and increase expertise with automated playbooks for common events such asphishing and malware.
  • With the MITRE ATT&CK framework integrated into playbooks and analytics, your security teams can optimize workflows, tools, and skills against evolving attack techniques to profile and predict active attacker behavior, and guide response.

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DevOps: Where Will DevSecOps 'Shift' Next (Feb. 15th)
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

With 'shift everywhere,' existing DevSecOps implementations have to evolve to manage AppSec risk without impeding the agility and frequency of software delivery. The good news is, it can be done.

DevOps is terrific for delivering new innovative applications to the market. But the newer trend of 'shift left, shift right, shift everywhere' has increased the pressure on developers and DevOps engineers to add application security (AppSec) testing and tooling management in CI/CD pipelines to their already long list of responsibilities.

Hosted by DevOps and Synopsys
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Security Boulevard: Best Practices to Secure Your Software Supply Chain (Feb. 22nd)
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

This webinar for software and security leaders will explore: The industry landscape of software supply chain security; New requirements such as attestations for open source artifacts: "Self-vendoring" open source dependencies vs. having a single automated toolchain and Pros and cons of existing solutions such as artifact repositories

Software supply chain attacks grew increasingly prevalent last year and show no signs of letting up in 2023. Attackers continue to target software vendors in an attempt to infiltrate their downstream customers. And with the recent U.S. government mandate for software suppliers to comply with sweeping new security standards by June 2023, the time to act is now.

But how are software development teams expected to proceed, considering years of legacy open source code, a multitude of point solutions for application and open source security and recently-emerged security standards like attestations for open source artifacts?In this session, our experts will break down best practices for addressing these issues so you can start securing your software supply chain, thwart attackers and achieve regulatory compliance.

Hosted by Security Boulevard
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DARKReading: Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies: What You Need To Know (March 23rd)
Thursday, March 23rd, 2023: 11:00 AM to 5:15 PM EST

A full-day virtual event exploring the latest technologies that can help strengthen your cybersecurity defenses, and the best path for deploying them. You'll hear about state-of-the-art techniques for stopping ransomware in its tracks. You'll learn how to secure your critical data from threats in the cloud.

Ransomware, cyber extortion, zero-day exploits, cloud threats, and supply chain attacks: a seemingly nonstop barrage of new exploits and attack campaigns emerge each day, leaving enterprises wondering if their existing security defenses can thwart the latest - and increasingly sophisticated - threats.

In Q1 2023, Dark Reading will hold a full-day virtual event designed to update your team on some of the most promising emerging cybersecurity technologies and how you can adopt and deploy them in your enterprise.

This event, Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies: What You Need to Know is a free, one-day online conference produced by the editors of Dark Reading, that offers an in-depth look at the latest security technologies and services.

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IT - CxO Podcasts
AI Tools For The Creator Economy (36:17)
CXOTalk, January 27th, 2023

Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the way creators and entrepreneurs build and monetize their businesses. From content creation to e-commerce, AI tools are making it easier and faster for creators to produce high-quality content and build a following.

Our guest is AI expert Riley Brown, who has quickly established himself as a leading voice in the creator economy. Riley has used his deep understanding of AI tools to grow his TikTok channel at an unprecedented rate. Riley will share his expertise on the latest developments and best practices for using AI tools to create text, audio, and video.
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Datacore News
Datacore Acquires Object Storage Pioneer Object Matrix
Datacore News, January 24th, 2023

Acquisition Positions DataCore to Expand in High-Growth Edge Markets

Datacore announced it has acquired Object Matrix, the award-winning object storage pioneer and media archive specialist. Object Matrix's best-of-breed appliances and cloud offerings will become part of the DataCore Perifery portfolio that specializes in delivering end-to-end, application-centric solutions for edge and high-growth markets, including media and entertainment. This acquisition reinforces the Perifery line of edge devices and solutions, while adding unparalleled talent and expertise to the Perifery team.
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Cisco News
Ninety-Two Percent Of Organizations Think They Need To Do More To Reassure Customers About How Their Data Is Used In Ai
Cisco News, January 24th, 2023

Cisco's 2023 Data Privacy Benchmark Study reveals that to build trust, organizations focus primarily on compliance, whereas consumers value transparency most. 92% of respondents say their organization needs to do more to reassure customers about how their data is used in AI.

Cisco published its 2023 Data Privacy Benchmark Study. The sixth annual global survey investigates professionals' perspectives on data privacy strategies. This year's study finds that despite a difficult economic environment, organizations continue to invest in privacy, with spending up significantly from $1.2 million just three years ago to $2.7 million this year. Yet, 92 percent of respondents believe their organization needs to do more to reassure customers about their data. The survey also finds that organizations' privacy priorities differ with those expressed by consumers.
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HP News
How The New Hybrid Office Will Adapt To You
HP News, January 25th, 2023

An employee on a hybrid schedule walks into a conference room on an in-office day with her laptop in tow. The display and speaker in the room connect to her computer automatically, greet her by name, and the lights dim to her preference.

There's no fumbling with equipment or IT pro on hand. The call starts with the click of a button or simple voice command.

The screen fills with faces of attendees in the room and joining remotely - everyone appears in the same sized box on screen. Afterwards, the employee finds a hot desk for quiet work. As she approaches, the desk lifts to the exact position for her height. It's the new era of hybrid work, one where employees want a customized experience in the office and an environment that feels as convenient and comfortable as whatever setup they have at home.
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The Frontline Of Preventing Human Trafficking Is On Our Roads Each Day
HP News, January 26th, 2023

How nonprofit Truckers Against Trafficking empowers people to spot red flags during their daily routines, during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and all year-round.

In the past month, Interpol nabbed a criminal described as one of 'the world's most wanted' human traffickers in Sudan, and in the US, the FBI rescued more than twenty migrants from a Ft. Worth, Texas-area smuggling ring.

These arrests hardly make national headlines because they're so common. That's part of the reason why US President Joe Biden proclaimed January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, which aims to raise awareness about this global issue.
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AWS News
AWS Launches Second Infrastructure Region In Australia
AWS News, January 25th, 2023

Second AWS Region in Australia provides customers with more options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability, securely store data in Australia, and serve end users with even lower latency

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of its second AWS infrastructure Region in Australia-the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region. Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations, will have greater choice for running their applications and serving end users from AWS data centers located in Australia. AWS is planning to invest an estimated $4.5 billion (approx. A$6.8 billion) in Australia by 2037 through the AWS Asia Pacific (Melbourne) Region.
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VMware News
Antel To Trial VMware Telco Cloud Platform For Their 5G Architecture
VMware News, January 26th, 2023

Antel, the leading Mobile Operator in Uruguay, is working with VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) for a use case driven trial using the VMware Telco Cloud Platform to support a Proof of Concept (PoC).

With the emergence of 5G, communications service providers (CoSPs) have the opportunity to develop new business models, and engage with a larger ecosystem of partners to deliver new and disruptive services that are more relevant in the digital world. This transformation requires a virtualized and containerized telco cloud architecture to modernize legacy networks.
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What Is Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture And Why Does It Matter?
VMware News, January 26th, 2023

When they think of 'cybersecurity,' most people probably think of antivirus software, firewalls, and other ways to protect computers against attacks.

However, as we increasingly rely on technology to run our businesses and connect with the world, the need for robust cybersecurity goes far beyond desktop protection. In this blog, I will discuss one key aspect of cybersecurity that is getting some new attention: cybersecurity mesh architecture. I will explain what it is and why it matters for building a sustainable cybersecurity program. Let's dive in!
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Where Tech Is Headed In 2023
VMware News, January 24th, 2023

2023 is off and running! I don't know what 2022 was like for you, but for me, this past year was so busy that it felt like five years' worth of events packed into a single trip around the sun.

And suddenly, here we are again, it's January and time for a long-standing CTO tradition - the annual tech predictions blog. So let's get right into it! Here's what I expect to see over the coming year:

Prediction #1: IT spending will remain strong in 2023

Driven by the demand for digital transformation, IT spending will remain strong. Despite some rocky economic forecasts, I am optimistic that businesses will continue to prioritize their digital investments.
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Your IT Cloud Future Starts Now: Get Certified In Cloud Today
VMware News, January 26th, 2023

There is no denying the benefits cloud technology has brought to our lives. It's now commonplace for businesses and individuals to use cloud computing. However, organizations and IT Professionals alike are struggling to keep up with ever-changing cloud technologies, not only from a technical standpoint but the sheer amount of data that exists and needs to be taken care of.

According to CyberSecurity ventures, by 2025, there will be over 100 zettabytes of data stored in the cloud.

Cloud and Application Modernization

To manage, deploy, and build cloud applications more efficiently, digital transformation has also required modernization of legacy applications. There are many reasons companies decide to modernize their applications, including to improve reliability or performance, to enhance security, or to scale to meet market demands. According to the 2021 VMware Market Insights Report, more than 50% of all apps are expected to be modern by 2024. In the survey, 91% executives intend to migrate and modernize their legacy apps. In addition, modern applications are expected to grow 20% on average across cloud and data centers, compared to traditional apps.
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Oracle News
Customers Improve Productivity And Reduce Risk With New Oracle Primavera Cloud Capabilities
Oracle News, January 24th, 2023

Comprehensive portfolio planning and scheduling solution averages 132% year-over-year growth since 2017

Engineering and construction organizations continue to turn to Oracle Primavera Cloud. Since 2017, Oracle has seen a 132% year-over-year average growth rate in customers using the solution to connect office and field teams, synchronize schedules and resources, and improve project outcomes. Companies taking advantage of Primavera Cloud's planning, scheduling, resource and risk management capabilities include Bashundhara Group, DMCI Homes, McCarthy, and TNB Genco.
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Oracle Delivers New Logistics Capabilities To Get Global Supply Chains Moving
Oracle News, January 24th, 2023

New features help customers reduce costs, improve accuracy, automate regulatory compliance, and enhance flexibility

To help organizations increase the efficiency of global supply chains, Oracle is introducing new logistics capabilities within Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM). The updates to Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) and Oracle Global Trade Management (GTM), part of Oracle Cloud SCM, help customers reduce costs, improve accuracy, automate regulatory compliance, and enhance logistics flexibility.
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Saadia Group Acquires Visibility Across Its Portfolio With NetSuite
Oracle News, January 25th, 2023

NetSuite will help premier holding group of online retail brands grow its business with improved speed, efficiency, and return on investment

Saadia Group, a family-owned holding group with a diverse portfolio of leading consumer brands including Lord & Taylor, Le Tote, and S3 Holding, has selected Oracle NetSuite to help it change the retail and brand landscape for current and future generations. With NetSuite, Saadia Group will be able to increase its return on investment across its portfolio by taking advantage of an integrated business system to improve operational efficiency and productivity.
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Dell News
Achieving Energy Efficiency And Sustainability Goals With Dell Poweredge
Dell News, January 24th, 2023

With the latest PowerEdge servers, organizations can improve operations and sustainability gains to reduce energy consumption.

Digital transformation goes hand in hand with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. Today, in a BCG survey, more than 60% of respondents list ESG factors as a primary focus when prioritizing digital initiatives. Digital transformation is a key priority across the globe, but considering how to do that sustainably and responsibly is essential.

Energy efficiency is one important factor in ESG initiatives. Data Centers today account for nearly 4% of global electricity consumption. Data centers in European Union countries alone used 42% more terawatt-hours in 2018 than in 2010, according to a 2020 EU Commission study.
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Celebrating Data Privacy Week With Dell's Chief Privacy Officer
Dell News, January 23rd, 2023

In honor of Data Privacy Week, learn how Dell Technologies views privacy from Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer Sommer Coutu.

Last year, the National Cybersecurity Alliance expanded international Data Privacy Day to Data Privacy Week, marking the growing importance of prioritizing data privacy for individuals and organizations. To celebrate this observance and learn more about how Dell Technologies views privacy, we spoke with Sommer Coutu, Dell's Chief Privacy Officer.
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Empower Hybrid Work with Dell APEX for VDI
Dell News, January 25th, 2023

For today's businesses, Dell APEX Private Cloud for VDI supports workforce transformation and higher employee productivity.

Remote work is not a new concept, but it is becoming increasingly pervasive. People in a wide range of roles and organizations are now operating remotely, and 70% of employers believe a blend of in-person and remote working will be the new normal.

In this new world of hybrid work, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is king. And that's a problem for many IT leaders, as organizations looking to adopt or expand VDI have typically faced several hurdles, including long planning and procurement cycles, management complexity and higher-than-anticipated infrastructure costs.
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Extend Endpoint Security Beyond the Boundaries with XDR
Dell News, January 26th, 2023

Minimize risk with threat detection and response across all your data sources, from endpoint to network to cloud.

Today, organizations rely on next-generation anti-virus (NGAV) with an endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution to help protect end users' devices against a barrage of cybersecurity threats. But that just covers the endpoint. With the increasing challenge of managing a hybrid workforce, there's so much more to consider when we think of endpoint security. Attacks are growing in sophistication and now affect not only the endpoint, but also their rapid extension to the network and cloud. How do you make sure your upward, lateral and cloud environments are also protected? What happens if your endpoints are breached? And how do you ensure threats don't permeate your entire network and cloud environment?
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New Dell Research Ranks Top Cities For Women Entrepreneurs
Dell News, January 26th, 2023

The Dell WE Cities Index measures and ranks global cities based on ability to attract and support high-potential women entrepreneurs.

Dell Technologies is committed to accelerating the increasingly powerful role women play in driving global economic growth. An enduring example of Dell's commitment to advancing human progress is Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). Since 2009, DWEN has been committed to the same mission: to advance women entrepreneurs' business through the power of technology, community and access to key resources. As a global network, DWEN supports more than 80,000 members who are proven engines of our global economy - women entrepreneurs. The community exists online and through a regional chapter network and special interest groups worldwide.
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Lenovo News
Lenovo Teams Up With Kuehne+Nagel To Design A Sustainable Logistics Solution To Help Customers Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Lenovo News, January 24th, 2023

First-of-its-kind sustainable aviation fuel service offered to customers for a lower-carbon emissions option to transport IT equipment via air freight

To support enterprises in their commitment to minimize their environmental footprint and combat climate change, Lenovo is joining forces with Kuehne+Nagel to create a first-of-its-kind logistics service in the technology industry. Through a purchase add-on, customers will be able to buy credits to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the shipping of IT equipment and devices. They will have the opportunity to use these credits to fund the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a fuel produced from sustainable feedstocks that when used reduces GHG emissions.
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New Smarter Lenovo Education Solutions Inspire The Future Of Learning
Lenovo News, January 24th, 2023

New Windows 11 and ChromeOS laptops designed specifically for smarter education

Lenovo announced at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) 2023 in New Orleans, new hardware, software and services solutions designed to inspire and enable learning anywhere. The latest Lenovo Education portfolio includes new laptops, running Windows 11 or ChromeOS, built to help students and teachers embrace next-level hybrid learning.
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Microsoft News
Create More Integrated Cloud Experiences With Over 1,400 Connectors
Microsoft News, January 25th, 2023

Last year, I had the opportunity to speak with customers across a wide range of sectors about how they are approaching the current economic climate.

Whether they are focusing on increasing efficiency or driving cost savings, we are all essentially trying to do more with less and prioritize investments that will drive the most important and meaningful outcomes. Unfortunately, these resource constraints are coming at a time when data sources and data volumes continue to rise at staggering rates. According to a study published by the IDC, the amount of new data created, captured, replicated and consumed is expected to double in size by 2026. '1' This surge in data means IT departments are trying to adapt from terabyte-scale data management to now petabyte-scale - and doing so with even fewer resources.
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Imagining More: How Organizations Are Reinventing Operations And Finding Opportunity In The Face Of Volatility
Microsoft News, January 23rd, 2023

In a rapidly shifting economy, organizations are relying on cloud technologies and intelligent platforms to drive cost efficiencies, while continuing to innovate across their businesses.

To provide resiliency and scalability of operations, leaders are collaborating with their customers and partners to design new solutions for the emerging trends and challenges of today's world. This co-innovation approach results in shared success and new opportunities, from accelerating the pace of digital transformation and reducing the cost of innovation to elevating employee and customer experiences.
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Microsoft And OpenAI Extend Partnership
Microsoft News, January 23rd, 2023

Today, we are announcing the third phase of our long-term partnership with OpenAI through a multiyear, multibillion dollar investment to accelerate AI breakthroughs to ensure these benefits are broadly shared with the world.

This agreement follows our previous investments in 2019 and 2021. It extends our ongoing collaboration across AI supercomputing and research and enables each of us to independently commercialize the resulting advanced AI technologies.

  • Supercomputing at scale - Microsoft will increase our investments in the development and deployment of specialized supercomputing systems to accelerate OpenAI's groundbreaking independent AI research. We will also continue to build out Azure's leading AI infrastructure to help customers build and deploy their AI applications on a global scale.

  • New AI-powered experiences - Microsoft will deploy OpenAI's models across our consumer and enterprise products and introduce new categories of digital experiences built on OpenAI's technology. This includes Microsoft's Azure OpenAI Service, which empowers developers to build cutting-edge AI applications through direct access to OpenAI models backed by Azure's trusted, enterprise-grade capabilities and AI-optimized infrastructure and tools.

  • Exclusive cloud provider - As OpenAI's exclusive cloud provider, Azure will power all OpenAI workloads across research, products and API services.

'We formed our partnership with OpenAI around a shared ambition to responsibly advance cutting-edge AI research and democratize AI as a new technology platform,' said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft.
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Microsoft And Qcells Announce Strategic Alliance To Curb Carbon Emissions And Power The Clean Energy Economy
Microsoft News, January 25th, 2023

Qcells seeks to supply more than 2.5 gigawatts of solar panels and EPC services to solar project developers in partnership with Microsoft

Qcells, a global solar leader investing in building a U.S. solar supply chain, and Microsoft Corp., a global technology company with a commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, are partnering to enable a strong supply chain for new renewable electricity capacity projected to require at least 2.5 gigawatts of solar panels and related services - equivalent to powering over 400,000 homes.
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Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Second Quarter Results
Microsoft News, January 24th, 2023

Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended December 31, 2022, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year

  • Revenue was $52.7 billion and increased 2%

  • Operating income was $20.4 billion GAAP and $21.6 billion non-GAAP, and decreased 8% and 3%, respectively

  • Net income was $16.4 billion GAAP and $17.4 billion non-GAAP, and decreased 12% and 7%, respectively

  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.20 GAAP and $2.32 non-GAAP, and decreased 11% and 6%, respectively

'The next major wave of computing is being born, as the Microsoft Cloud turns the world's most advanced AI models into a new computing platform,' said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. 'We are committed to helping our customers use our platforms and tools to do more with less today and innovate for the future in the new era of AI.'
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IBM News
IBM Releases Fourth-Quarter Results
IBM News, January 25th, 2023

Revenue Growth in All Key Segments; Expanded Margins; Solid Cash Generation

"Our solid fourth-quarter performance capped a year in which we grew revenue above our mid-single digit model. Clients in all geographies increasingly embraced our hybrid cloud and AI solutions as technology remains a differentiating force in today's business environment," said Arvind Krishna, IBM chairman and chief executive officer. "Looking ahead to 2023, we expect full-year revenue growth consistent with our mid-single digit model."
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Fortinet News
Fortiguard Outbreak Alerts- 2022 Annual Report
Fortinet News, January 26th, 2023

Outbreaks have been a continued and critical element of 2022-no, not that type of outbreak. We're talking about FortiGuard Outbreak Alerts.

During the SolarWinds Orion supply chain attack at the end of 2020, a number of our customers asked us to help them determine whether their Fortinet solutions had protected them against its multiple attack vectors, malware, resulting lateral movement, and command and control activity. While all of this information existed, we wanted to make it more readily available for customers.
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The Top Benefits Of Zero Trust For Partners
Fortinet News, January 27th, 2023

Managed service providers (MSPs) and managed security service providers (MSSPs) face an increasingly crowded marketplace. To differentiate themselves, they need to build an agile workforce and invest in the right technology.

Partners need integrated security platforms that can protect their customers' systems yet be agile enough to respond to their business needs.

The Fortinet Partner Program provides best-in-class technologies and the certifications that MSPs and MSSPs need to achieve their revenue goals. The Fortinet approach to Universal ZTNA delivers it as part of our FortiGate Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW), which protects users whether they are remote or in the office.
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The Year Of The Wiper
Fortinet News, January 24th, 2023

FortiGuard Labs has been actively tracking wiper malware targeting Ukrainian organizations since the start of the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The sudden spike in wiper malware began early in the year with numerous new wiper samples targeted at Ukraine. It displayed a side of cyberattacks we rarely see: pure destruction. We published an article last April 2022 to help people understand the context, history, and technical setup of wiper attacks. This post focuses on what happened the rest of the year and how wiper malware and their attack scenarios have changed.
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Red Hat News
Deploying Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS
Red Hat News, January 25th, 2023

Many companies choose Red Hat OpenShift as the common platform to develop and run all their applications. By doing so, they avoid a heterogeneous environment that can create a lot of complexity.

Not only do they build and run new cloud-native applications on Red Hat OpenShift, but they can also migrate their legacy ones to it.

One of the main advantages of using OpenShift is that developers only need to learn one interface while the underlying details of the platform are abstracted away. This can result in significant productivity increases.
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Friday Five - January 27, 2023
Red Hat News, January 27th, 2023

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.

  • SiliconANGLE - Unpacking the existing software supply chain vulnerabilities: Red Hat and AWS execs weigh in
  • Technically Speaking (E17): Compute confidential: In hardware we trust
  • Ansible Wisdom and ChatGPT: Putting it to the test
  • Code Comments: Episode 6 - Challenges In Solutions Engineering
  • The Enterprisers Project - Digital transformation: What's changed and what hasn't

Read on for details
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Getting Started With RHEL For Workstations On AWS
Red Hat News, January 26th, 2023

Maybe you have a high-end workstation with a top-of-the-line GPU, but now the world is opening up to travel again. Are you planning on taking your desktop as a carry-on?

Maybe your graphical workstation is aging out and the cost of replacing all the hardware seems daunting. About the time you have replaced all the components, you realize that your motherboard can't support all your needs.

A way to avoid issues like these is to turn to the cloud. Red Hat and AWS have collaborated to bring Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Workstations to the Amazon Marketplace.
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How To Use Red Hat Insights Malware Detection Service
Red Hat News, January 23rd, 2023

Did you know that Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) can be used to help detect the presence of malware? This makes it more likely that you'll know when a RHEL system has sustained a malware attack.

The effectiveness of Insights for this purpose is enhanced by threat intelligence subscriptions from IBM X-Force, in collaboration with Red Hat.

The Insights malware-detection service is a monitoring and assessment tool that scans RHEL systems for the presence of known malware. The system incorporates YARA pattern-matching software and detection signatures.
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Simplified Multi-Cloud Open Ran Orchestration And Management
Red Hat News, January 24th, 2023

Learn how a cloud-native application platform provides the necessary scalability and flexibility needed for open RANLearn how a cloud-native application platform provides the necessary scalability and flexibility needed for open RAN

Open source is the driver for network innovation

Digital transformation and technology modernization in today's highly competitive landscape means empowering organizations to create innovation, increase operational efficiency and quickly build, deploy and scale applications. And as open source software proliferates across global networking environments, an area seen as ripe for innovation with tremendous potential for market disruption is the radio access network (RAN). An open RAN is often considered the final frontier for full end-to-end cloudification and automation of telecommunication service provider networks.
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Citrix News
Overcoming Observed Challenges When Adopting A Zero Trust Architecture
Citrix News, January 25th, 2023

Zero trust has become a crucial component in the cybersecurity strategy of organizations everywhere.

More and more enterprises are finding themselves turning toward zero trust architecture to keep their data, infrastructure, and other assets safe. As a result, this concept has IT leaders rethinking their current security tools and infrastructure. And they should. There are several nontrivial challenges that organizations need to overcome when implementing an effective zero trust architecture that adheres to the tenets of the NIST Zero Trust Architecture (SP 800-207).
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