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Cisco News
Cisco Intends To Acquire Acacia Communications
Acacia's coherent optics technology empowers webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data
Cisco and Acacia Communications announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cisco has agreed to acquire Acacia. An existing Cisco supplier, Acacia designs and manufactures high-speed, optical interconnect technologies that allow webscale companies, service providers, and data center operators to meet the fast-growing consumer demands for data...
Cisco, July 9th, 2019
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Cisco Webex Brings The Apollo Team Back Together To Mark The 50th Anniversary Of Historic Lunar Landing
Fifty years ago next week, a Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo 11 and the world was never the same
"To mark the momentous occasion that led to man's first steps on the moon, the Apollo 50th Gala will take place on July 16 at the iconic Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Most of us remember the names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but it took a huge team of 400,000 to make Apollo 11 a success. A special panel presentation will take place during the gala to bring more of the team back together to reconnect, reminisce and reflect on the teamwork that got man on the Moon. Cisco Systems, Inc. will use its Cisco Webex technology to maximize the breadth and depth of the panel..."

Cisco, July 11th, 2019
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IT News - CxO
Why CIOs Are Betting On Cloud For Their Modern Data Programs
The rapid increase in data volume and variety is driving organizations to rethink their enterprise infrastructures, particularly their cloud strategies
"Enterprise infrastructures are changing rapidly as the management and visibility requirements of modern, data-driven applications are outpacing legacy data storage functionality," writes Kunal Agarwal in Network Computing.

"Gartner confirms that, with artificial intelligence and machine learning driving an explosion in data volume and variety, IT operations are outgrowing existing frameworks. Although insights from today's vast amounts of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data can deliver superior value, organizations are currently unable to adequately monitor or analyze this information..."

Network Computing, July 5th, 2019
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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In July
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"These curated pieces are available now through the end of July...."

  • How to become an inclusive leader
  • 4 things to do before a tough conversation
  • How to read the room before a meeting or presentation
  • Why too much team harmony can kill creativity
  • How big companies should scout new technologies

Read on for details.

The Enterprisers Project, July 1st, 2019
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Wanted: Effective CISOs Who (Happily) Stay Longer
Most security leaders change organizations every few years. The reality is that people leave jobs for many reasons. Here's why this often becomes a problem for enterprises, the CISO or both
"For Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other security leaders, the grass often looks greener on the other side of the fence.

But is it really?" asks Dan Lohrmann in Government Technology.

"No doubt, new professional opportunities are plentiful within the cybersecurity industry for those with the right skills and experience. But is switching organizations (when the going gets tough or the price is right) always the best road to take? Career decisions can be difficult to make and usually include a complex mix of work relationships, team chemistry, total remuneration packages and family (home) life topics (work/life balance)..."

Government Technology, July 1st, 2019
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5 Weird Questions To Ask About Your Leadership Style
We are bombarded with stereotypes of the "right" sort of leader: Use these questions to shake off those notions and learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses
Melissa Swift writes in The Enterprisers Project, "'It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse,' wrote Adlai Stevenson. Indeed, understanding and embracing your own leadership style is crucial to truly stepping up to the challenges of leadership in the digital age. With technology very much in the spotlight, IT executives are on stage as never before - and challenged to think much more deeply about not just what they lead, but how..."
The Enterprisers Project, July 1st, 2019
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IT News - Storage
Why A New Class Of SSD Is Needed
Value SAS uses native SAS from end to end, eliminating the need for any protocol translation and improving performance
"Solid state drives continue replacing hard drives in servers at a steady pace," notes Alvaro Toledo in Data Center Knowledge.

"IT managers now demand higher performance, larger capacities, improved reliability, and need more advanced storage technologies to address today's abundance of data. Faced with the fundamental decision of choosing the right SSD for varying server workloads, IT managers need to understand the pros and cons of the SSD interfaces available. Due to their cost-effectiveness, millions of SATA-based SSDs have been deployed in servers, but their attach rate is expected to decline1 as application demands have surpassed their performance capabilities..."

Data Center Knowledge, July 3rd, 2019
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STA Plugfest: Microchip/Microsemi Brings 24Gb SAS Storage Expanders And Controllers
Driving toward vendor interoperability and demonstrating how 24Gb SAS alleviates storage bottlenecks in data centers
"Microchip Technology Inc., via its Microsemi Corporation subsidiary, participatee in the industry's plugfest for the SCSI Trade Association's 24Gb SAS standard that defines how data is moved to and from storage devices in data centers.

As a first company to demonstrate 24G SAS expanders and storage controllers, the firm is playing a role in validating the specs in a broad test environment..."

SearchStorage, July 3rd, 2019
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IT News - AI
A How-To Guide To Building An Artificial General Intelligence
This is the fifth and final installment of a five-part series on building an artificial general intelligence
Herb Roitblat writes Information Management, "Special purpose artificial intelligence relies on people to structure the problem so that a machine can solve it with the tools available in the present paradigm - essentially curve fitting. This process of structuring the problems for machines means that people impose hidden assumptions on situations that may be difficult to articulate and are unlikely to be available to the machine without human help..."
Information Management, July 2nd, 2019
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Robotic Process Automation (RPA): 6 Things People Get Wrong
To avoid trouble with robotic process automation projects, explain these common misconceptions to your team - and to executives supporting your RPA work
Kevin Casey writes in The Enterprisers Project, "You have a variety of factors to consider when identifying opportunities for robotic process automation: If a process is predictable, repetitive, and high-volume, for example, it might be a prime candidate for RPA.

However, due to high expectations - and sometimes misplaced hopes - some people veer off the path to a successful RPA initiative before they really get going. When this happens, it can be the result of a basic misunderstanding about what RPA is or how it works..."

The Enterprisers Project, July 2nd, 2019
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Criteria For Success In AI: Industry Best Practices
Is it useful to study how companies outside of your industry are applying AI? Experts from Shell, Uber and Fellow Robots believe so. Read about their criteria for success in AI
George Lawton writes in Search CIO, "Deval Pandya, lead data scientist at Shell, said he believes working with subject-matter experts is among the most important criteria for success in AI. People with in-depth knowledge of the subject matter provide the context and nuances that are hard for deep learning tools to tease apart on their own. But he said there are also big benefits to looking outside of one's field of experts.

Pandya was part of a panel of AI engineers and data scientists that I moderated at the Re.Work Applied AI Summit in San Francisco last month. The group, which also included IT leaders from Uber and supply chain vendor Fellow Robots, shared their experiences applying cutting-edge AI to solve business problems.

Here is a recap of the criteria for success in AI that came up in our discussion..."

Search CIO, July 3rd, 2019
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13 Best Quotes About The Future Of Artificial Intelligence
Until recently, artificial intelligence was a thing for science fiction movies and books. However, we are now in the midst of an ever-changing tech world where we are advancing faster than ever before
"The future of AI is unknown, but that doesn't stop people from contemplating," writes Nicole Martin in Forbes. "Here are some of the best quotes about the future of AI..."

"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks." - Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist

"It is difficult to think of a major industry that AI will not transform. This includes healthcare, education, transportation, retail, communications, and agriculture. There are surprisingly clear paths for AI to make a big difference in all of these industries." - Andrew Ng,

Forbes, July 5th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
Top Technological Trends For 2019 And Beyond
As an entrepreneur or an established businessman, you need to broaden your thinking, explore technologies and implement the ones that will aid the growth of your business even further
"Technologies are evolving, innovations around technology is changing, and connectivity and interactions with the world is accelerating," opines John Tie in ITProPortal.

"Since 2018 was a year driven by technology, it is only obvious that this trend will continue to rise further in 2019 as well. Right from artificial intelligence inspired devices to blockchain and machine learning, 2018 witnessed an exponential growth in technology and tech-based careers. By constantly learning to keep up with the current trends of technology, the IT workforce is keeping an eye on the future of technology to enable the growth of businesses..."

ITProPortal, July 4th, 2019
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IT News - Blockchain
3 Real-World IoT Smart Contract Use Cases Prove Blockchain Benefits
Real-world companies are testing IoT smart contracts and finding value in various industries, from entertainment to utilities to advertising
Alan R. Earls writes in IoT Agenda, "Like every wave of buzzwords, the reality is usually different from the hype. Sometimes reality is better, and sometimes it's disappointing.

Blockchain has been riding this curve -- particularly in the IoT space, where smart contracts use cases can be implemented to facilitate the sharing of services and resources in a distributed network.

They're talked about, but just how ubiquitous are they?..."

IoT Agenda, July 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Humor
Ready When You Are
You got what you wanted, but is it what you needed?
"Consultant pilot fish has a client who's interviewing prospective consultants for a big project, and the client keeps telling the consultants he wants them to start the next day, or Monday at the latest. Pilot fish takes the client aside and says, 'Look, you're telling these consultants that they need to give you at least three weeks' notice if they plan to leave. It's not fair to expect them to drop what they're working on now to come work on your project. And if they aren't working on anything, chances are they aren't the best choices. The good consultants aren't sitting around waiting for a new project to appear...'
ComputerWorld, July 2nd, 2019
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IT News - HR
Why HR Analytics Is The Key To Continuous Improvement
Continuous improvement (also called Kaizen or Lean) is a popular approach to enhance productivity by achieving small goals
"Real-time data and advanced analytics can help ensure that each production cycle is better than the last, improving employee performance, and enabling long-term success of the organization. In this article, we talk about:

  • What continuous improvement means for HR
  • Four types of HR analytics needed to improve productivity continually
  • Why system integration is the bedrock of effective HR analytics To improve productivity, organizations need to maximize the value from their people assets. But in many ways, traditional working models hinder this process, because they don't offer on-time insights..." - HR Technologist
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IT News - Security
20 Questions To Ask During A Real (Or Manufactured) Security Crisis
There are important lessons to be learned from a crisis, even the ones that are more fiction than fact
"I've heard the statement 'society doesn't deal with problems until they become a crisis' many times," notes Joshua Goldfarb in Dark Reading.

"Unfortunately, this is often the case in information security, but it doesn't need to be this way. As security practitioners, we can't fix the ills of society. We can, however, learn how to distinguish a real security crisis from a manufactured one. Furthermore, from each crisis (real or manufactured) that we go through, we can learn how to avert them all together.

In this spirit, I offer 20 questions to ask during a real or manufactured security crisis..."

Dark Reading, July 3rd, 2019
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Safely Deploying TLS Certificates: 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid
Secure your web traffic and other TLS-protected data by ensuring your TLS cert is configured and deployed correctly
J.M. Porup writes in CSO Online, "A Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate is a vital part of a balanced security breakfast, but millions of organizations are still eating Frosted Fruity Squiggles (with Extra Sugar inside!) and calling it a meal...and not even a tasty one at that.

You'd think configuring and deploying a TLS certificate securely would be an easy thing, but a quick look at Censys or Shodan reveals a gargantuan number of insecure TLS certs, including quite a few from organizations that really ought to know better..."

CSO Online, July 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Database
Why Time Series Databases Are Exploding In Popularity
Time series databases are on the rise, with TimescaleDB of particular interest to developers
"Just a few years ago, time series databases were somewhat niche in nature," notes Matt Asay in TechRepublic.

"Sure, if you were running a trading application within a financial services firm, you were devoted to your kdb+ (proprietary) database, but for most everyone else a general-purpose relational or NoSQL database was de rigueur. No more. The reason? The world increasingly demands that enterprises be able to query, analyze, and report on streaming data in real-time, not batch mode..."

TechRepublic, July 2nd, 2019
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Database Deployments Moving To The Cloud
Of the top five database vendors by revenue, four are also cloud service providers -- Oracle, Microsoft, AWS, and IBM. The future of DBMS is in the cloud
"The days of deploying on-premises databases appear to be in the rearview mirror, or rapidly heading there," writes Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Microsoft and Amazon Web Services account for 75.5% of the market growth. If you are a startup company looking to implement a new database, chances are you aren't going to license the software and install it on the server in your office. No, you will look at what AWS or Microsoft Azure has to offer, or maybe you will look at if you are looking for a CRM platform system..."

InformationWeek, July 5th, 2019
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IT News - CRM
4 Steps To Ensure CRM Success
Investing in and implementing a customer relationship management (CRM) solution is no small feat. It often requires significant money, time, and technical know-how
"As many as two-thirds of all CRM deployments fail for one reason or another," notes Arun Upadhay in Destination CRM. "Before jumping into a CRM project, it's important to first understand what kind of role your CRM solution can play and the nuances of the service it can provide. If implemented correctly, a CRM can be one of a company's most powerful assets.

Let's start by outlining what a CRM solution is and why is it important for your business. Simply put, a CRM is the ultimate resource for streamlining operations across sales, marketing, and customer service. At its core, CRM software is designed to improve efficiency and productivity, resulting in better customer satisfaction and higher profits..."

Destination CRM, July 5th, 2019
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4 Things Sales Managers Need From A CRM System
Any good salesperson knows the foundation of sales is relationship building
"Even as our world becomes increasingly digital, for businesses to thrive, there is still a need for strong relationships to develop between reps and prospects," writes Duncan Stockdill in Destination CRM.

"A computer cannot build relationships by itself; you still need people for that. RetailDive says that 70 percent of consumers still want to interact with humans versus bots. And according to HubSpot, 58 percent of sales teams are increasing in size. With an increase in staff comes the need for experienced managers who know the value of face-to-face, personalized customer relationships..."

Destination CRM, July 5th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
WW Public Cloud Services Spending More Than Doubling By 2023 - IDC
WW spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will more than double over the 2019-2023 forecast period, according to IDC
"With a five-year CAGR of 22.3%, public cloud spending will grow from $229 billion in 2019 to nearly $500 billion in 2023.

'Adoption of public (shared) cloud services continues to grow rapidly as enterprises, especially in professional services, telecommunications, and retail, continue to shift from traditional application software to software as a service (SaaS) and from traditional infrastructure to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to empower customer experience and operational-led digital transformation (DX) initiatives,' said Eileen Smith, program director, customer insights and analysis, IDC...", July 4th, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
We Tested 5G Speeds Around The World. Here's What We Found
Faster speed versus more coverage. That's the most important issue for 5G networks today
Jessica Dolcourt writes in CNET, "Raindrops splat the pavement in downtown Chicago as I balance an umbrella in the crook of my arm and phones in each hand. On my left, I'm downloading the PUBG Mobile game over Verizon's 5G network. On my right, I'm timing how long it takes to install: 2.5 minutes (versus 6 minutes on 4G). What's so exhilarating about this moment has less to do with the progress bar on my screen and more to do with bearing witness to one of the first live 5G networks anywhere in the world..."
CNET, July 1st, 2019
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IT News - DR
Disaster Recovery Readiness Is Essential For Hybrid And Multi-Cloud Strategies
Disaster recovery capability is a key factor in implementing hybrid and multi-cloud strategy, a new Teradici study reveals
"Of the respondents who had implemented a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy, which was just over half of the respondent group, 87% considered it to be an important part of their disaster recovery readiness. The ability to shift workloads from one cloud to another was a key factor, with 34% of those who have done so citing disaster recovery as the motivation..."
HelpNet Security, July 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Careers
Why Networking Certifications No Longer Matter
Networking certifications have consistently been an important milestone for network professionals. But diverse network infrastructure, automation and UI upgrades could change that
"For decades, earning networking certifications has been an important career-building step," opines Kevin Tolly in SearchNetworking.

"With certain trends within the networking industry, though, I believe many of these certifications will soon no longer matter.

Networking certifications grew in importance for two reasons. First, the certification industry emerged because networking vendors did such a poor job designing their user interfaces. For years, the command-line interface (CLI) was the only way to configure networking devices..."

SearchNetworking, July 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Encryption
The Case For Encryption: Fact vs. Fiction
The common belief that encryption enables bad behavior primarily used by thieves, international terrorists, and other villainous characters is simply not true. Here's why
Ramon Peypoch writes in Dark Reading, "Encryption engenders passionate opinions and reactions from a variety of government regulators, technologists, and privacy and security advocates. It's become the de facto standard of online commerce and communication, embraced by technocrats and security pros everywhere.

Conversely, some governments routinely seek to destabilize encryption through legislation, regulation, or dictatorial fiat..."

Dark Reading, July 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Developer
The Seven Deadly Sins Of Agile Metrics
Temptations abound to measure Agile projects incorrectly. Here's what to avoid, and how
"The 'Cobra Effect' is named after an incident that took place during Britain's rule in colonial India," notes Davy Nys in ITProPortal.

"Concerned about the abundance of poisonous cobras in Delhi, the British Government offered a bounty for every dead snake. After a time, resourceful locals started breeding cobras, leading to a dramatic increase in the venomous snake population.

The Cobra Effect teaches us the importance of implementing reward and measurement systems that drive the right kind of behaviours and avoid unintended consequences. As the old adage goes: the road to Hell is paved with good intentions..."

ITProPortal, July 2nd, 2019
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