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Cisco Appdynamics Launches New Research, Revealing Unprecedented Demand For Full-Stack Observability With Business Context
AppDynamics releases Agents of Transformation 2021: The Rise of Full-Stack Observability, the latest edition of its global research study
"AppDynamics, a part of Cisco, released Agents of Transformation 2021:The Rise of Full-Stack Observability, the latest edition of its global research study, exploring the impact of the rapid acceleration of digital transformation created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the repercussions for global technologists. The findings reveal a dramatic increase in IT complexity caused by the need for urgent innovation - and the resulting technology sprawl. The research also validates a pressing need for full-stack observability with added business context to help technologists manage the IT estate, cut through the data 'noise' and observe what matters most to their business..."
Cisco News, February 23rd, 2021
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IT News - CxO
CIOs: Are You Ready Today For Tomorrow's Technologies?
Here are four things that chief information officers can do right away to help build digital fluency for now and in the future across the workforce
"The nature of work is changing, and CIOs have a crucial role to play in ensuring that all workers have the skills they need," writes Greg Douglass and Eva Sage-Gavin in InformationWeek.

"For several years, we have been making the case that digital transformation should be an immediate priority. Most companies understood that digital is the future, but many still saw it as a medium-term issue - one that could be put off while they focused on more pressing issues..."

InformationWeek, February 16th, 2021
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Your IT Strategy In 2021
2021 will usher in a new era of IT after a year defined by a global pandemic. IT specialists will need to consider cybersecurity, cloud computing, AI, 5G, and edge computing
Malcom Ridgers writes in ITProPortal, "This strange, tumultuous year has led many businesses to reconsider their operations, procedures, and processes. What may have worked well in a pre-pandemic world no longer flows as seamlessly these days.

As we head into 2021, your information technology (IT) team and strategy, in particular, are probably at top of mind for you and your business. With most businesses largely continuing to operate remotely in the year ahead, at least until a Covid vaccine becomes widely available, IT will keep serving as the backbone of your business and allow you to carry on smoothly despite the disruption..."

ITProPortal, February 16th, 2021
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4 Tips For Selling A Transformation Project To Your CEO
A successful transformation initiative can establish your position as a business leader, not just a technology guru - but first you have to sell it to your boss
"Selling a transformation project includes embracing technology while aligning it with company strategy to achieve company growth and success," notes David Chou in CIO. "So how should you go about selling your transformation project to your CEO and a peer group that may be resistant to change? The tips below will arm you with the kind of information you need to persuade your organization to adopt the transformation project..."
CIO, February 18th, 2021
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4 Tips On How To Reduce IT Infrastructure Costs
As organizations reevaluate their budgets to keep up with today's economy, experts provide tips on how they can effectively reduce IT costs
"Most IT departments are under pressure to reduce costs," opines Lisa Morgan in SearchCIO. "However, the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that failing to invest in the right technologies and tools can be costly. Businesses overwhelmed by the sudden demand for certain types of products had to scale up. Other companies had to reduce IT infrastructure costs and other expenses because their revenue fell off a cliff..."

"The pandemic has moved the discussion away from cost reduction to cost optimization," said Mike Kelly, CIO at Red Hat. "CIOs and CTOs don't want to be accused of not spending enough. They want to make sure that what they are spending is being used as effectively as possible."

SearchCIO, February 19th, 2021
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What CIOs Need To Know About Adding AI To Their Processes
AI can help many types of businesses get more from their data. In 2021, one expert believes adoption of AI will take leaps forward
TechRepublic's spoke with Ira Cohen, chief data scientist with Anodot, about the tools CIOs need to implement artificial intelligence (AI) at their companies. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Karen Roby: As we're heading into 2021, CIOs need to have a checklist of some things to keep in mind when making decisions for this coming year, whether that be about hiring or projects to consider. Let's start with the talent that's needed at companies now, to pull off some of these AI projects. What do you think CIOs need to keep in mind?..."

TechRepublic, February 16th, 2021
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CIO Strategy And IT Investment Planning In 2021
Chief Information Officers and information technology management must prepare their investment strategies for 2021. In this episode of CXOTalk, Bill Briggs, Global Chief Technology Officer of Deloitte, presents CIO challenges and opportunities
"The conversation is based on the Deloitte Tech Trends 2021 report, which discusses IT planning and governance from both business and technology perspectives.

Bill Briggs is the global Chief Technology Officer for Deloitte Consulting, former global lead of Deloitte Digital, and a Director in the US technology practice. As CTO, Bill is responsible for helping to define the vision for Deloitte Consulting's technology services, identifying and communicating technology trends affecting clients' businesses, and shaping the strategy for Deloitte's emerging services and offerings..." - CXOTalk

CXOTalk, February 15th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Toshiba MG09 Series 18TB HDDs Announced
3.5-inch form factor, 7,200 RPM and either SAS or SATA interface
"Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation announced new 18TB HDDs in its Toshiba MG09 Series. According to the company, the MG09 Series features Toshiba's third-generation, 9-disk Helium-sealed design and Toshiba's innovative Flux Control - Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FC-MAMR) technology, to advance Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) density to 2TB per disk, achieving a total capacity of 18TB. This also marks Toshiba's first HDD with energy-assisted magnetic recording..." - StorageReview
StorageReview, February 18th, 2021
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333 Million SSDs Shipped In 2020 Corresponding To 207EB
Strong PC and channel SSD rise offsets sequential enterprise and cloud reductions due to inventory and capacity digestion
"Client DFF capacity shipments jump 18% Q/Q to 9.41EB, outpacing other segments, while client M.2 increased 11% over the same period to 25.11EB

All enterprise SSD interfaces posted sequential declines in the quarter, led by a 31% unit and 34% capacity shipment plunge for SAS SSDs Q/Q.

Enterprise SATA SSDs shipment declines reflected continued channel markets softness due to elevated inventories and reduced demand exiting the year..." -, February 15th, 2021
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Industry Tops 1ZB Shipped Annually In Nearline HDDs For First Time
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announces that Toshiba led all HDD companies in year-on-year nearline HDD average capacity growth in 2020
Toshiba followed up an astounding 55% year-on-year growth in 2019 with an impressive 35% year-on-year growth in 2020 to lead the industry for a second consecutive year, according to Trendfocus's data.

'Toshiba has done an admirable job of leveraging its industry-first 9-disk helium design to introduce competitive nearline HDD products in a timely fashion. This has been the cornerstone in the company's ability to launch higher capacity nearline HDD programs,' stated John Chen, VP, Trendfocus, Inc. 'Toshiba's 9-disk helium-sealed HDD platform has enabled the company to achieve the highest five-year CAGRs for nearline HDD Units, exabytes, and average capacity shipped through 2020.' -, February 16th, 2021
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Six Important Storage Premises Around NAND Flash And Tape Replacing HDD
HDD volumes to decline by 10x from 2021 to 2026
This research examines 6 important storage premises around NAND flash and tape replacing HDDs .

The premises are:

1 Wikibon projects that flash consumer SSDs become cheaper than HDDs on a dollar per terabyte basis by 2026, in only about 5 years (from 2021).

2 It projects that HDD volumes will continue to decline rapidly by a factor of 10 by the end of this decade.

3 Innovative storage and processor architectures will accelerate the migration from HDD to NAND flash and tape by using consumer-grade flash.

4 As a result of 3, flash is lower cost over 5 and 10 years for almost all file-based workloads than HDD, when storage management and space are factored in.

5 Flash has already overtaken HDDs in total storage petabytes shipped. Wikibon projects the investments in flash fabs and hybrid flash/tape technologies will complete the takeover of HDD by the end of this decade.

6 The 10-year and 5-year business cases for QLC flash for implementation in 2021 and beyond for exascale NAS environments are compelling., February 17th, 2021
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IT News - AI
Is AI Changing The Corporate Landscape?
Like every business process, the corporate landscape is also influenced by AI and Machine Learning
"It would be fair to say that businesses were dealt a difficult hand last year," writes Ero Georgiades in TechRepublic. "With the onset of the novel coronavirus, organizations across all sectors were forced to completely transform the way that they work, or else be faced with the prospect of closing down their operations entirely. And in the face of chaos, for many businesses this has meant looking to new solutions and pioneering technology to envisage a way through in the new normal..."
TechRepublic, February 17th, 2021
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Is AI Just A Fairy Tale? Not In These Successful Use Cases
Getting artificial intelligence past the fairy tale stage is a challenge for some organizations. Here are two examples of AI that's granted its users' wishes
"Even with technology, sometimes we believe in fairy tales," writes Mary Shacklett in TechRepublic. "A fairy tale is a story with a "fantastic and magical setting or magical influences within a story." I hadn't thought much about fairy tales recently, until I began reviewing the number of online case studies about artificial intelligence (AI) in companies.

In most of these case studies, the bottom line was that an AI solution had been successfully implemented. However, when I reviewed the stories for business outcomes or results, the results weren't there. Instead, the stories ended with what companies hoped they would realize from their AI investments. They were hoping that fairy tale projects would indeed come true..."

TechRepublic, February 15th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
Chromebooks Were More Popular Than Macs For The First Time Last Year
Remote working and e-learning drove a surge in demand for Chromebooks
"Devices running Google's Chrome OS proved more popular than Apple Macs for the first time last year, new figures suggest," writes Joel Khalili in an article for "According to data from analyst house IDC, the pair were neck and neck in Q1, but Chromebooks began to pull away from Q2 onwards and ultimately captured 10.8% of PC sales in 2020, as compared with the 7.5% achieved by Apple.

As the pandemic began to take hold in March, shipment data suggests buyer sentiment was skewed in favor of affordable Chromebook ranges, available from the likes of Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo...", February 17th, 2021
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Resources For Making Sense Of Quantum Computing
Whether you consider quantum computing a pipe dream or a future reality, it's important to understand what this new technology is--and is capable of doing
Brandon Vigliarolo writes in TechRepublic, "Since the dawn of the information age, the computers we've built have become more powerful than ever. Modern machines are capable of feats considered the realm of fiction even a few short decades ago: Solving complex problems, learning, and behaving in an intelligent manner are just some of the things today's supercomputers can do, but there's a catch..."
TechRepublic, February 16th, 2021
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DoD Contract To Build A 3D Printing 'Factory' In Shipping Container
The system combines a series of machines with a software layer designed to lower the barrier of entry for use
"ExOne this week announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has granted it $1.6 million," reports Brian Heater in TechCrunch.

"It's one of the Pennsylvania-based metal 3D printing company's largest government contracts, in service of building a portable 3D printing factory for the front line - essentially a method for troops to fabricate broken and missing parts where they need them the most..."

TechCrunch, February 17th, 2021
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IT News - PM
Project Management Guide: Tips, Strategies, Best Practices
Project management plays a crucial role in enabling business transformation. Here is a breakdown of what project management is and how to execute it effectively in service of strategic goals
Moira Alexander writes in CIO, "Project management is a complex discipline rife with enough key phases, knowledge areas, and terms to fill a glossary. To simplify the key components of successful project management, offers the following comprehensive guide to project management, including tips, strategies and best practices.

Project management definition

Project management is a business discipline that involves applying specific processes, knowledge, skills, techniques and tools to meet project goals and deliverables successfully. Project management professionals help drive, guide, and execute company-identified value-added goals by applying processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor, and close all activities related to a given business project in alignment with the organization's overall strategic objectives..."

CIO, February 19th, 2021
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IT News - HR
HR's Top 2021 Priority Is To Be A Strategic Adviser To Leadership, Report Says
HR's role as a strategic adviser to organizational leaders is the profession's No. 1 priority this year, according to the 2021 CHRO Agenda, a report by consulting firm The Hackett Group
Ryan Golden writes in HRDive, "The pandemic-driven push to digital forms of work necessitates a strategic approach, the firm said. Remote work and social distancing present "unprecedented obstacles" to workplace culture, including the absence of "artifacts and rituals that reinforce culture." In addition to finding ways to connect employees, HR will need to align talent management functions - such as programs and policies promoting wellness and productivity - with business strategies...

Dive Insight:

Drastic changes in 2020 may have expedited much of the changes HR analysts had called for in recent years. Increasingly, reports suggest executives both within and outside of HR recognize the enhanced role the profession has played during the pandemic..."

HRDive, February 16th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Common Vulnerabilities And Exposures (CVE)
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) is a list of computer security flaws ranked on critical measures to aid individuals and companies with assessing the risk posed by the vulnerability or exposure to yourself
"When someone refers to a CVE, you can easily find the vulnerability by searching, and you can easily ascertain the criticality of the risk to your organization due to the structured, consistent review and documenting of the vulnerability or exposure in a consistent fashion. Security warnings issued by vendors or researchers almost always mention at least one CVE ID.

CVE entries are brief, they don't include technical data, or information about potential impacts or the fixes themselves. Those details appear in other databases, including the U.S. National Vulnerability Database (NVD), the CERT/CC Vulnerability Notes Database, and additional lists controlled by the vendor in question or other cybersecurity organizations. Across these different systems, CVE IDs give users a reliable way to understand unique security flaws in a repeatable fashion..." - Business 2 Community

Business 2 Community, February 17th, 2021
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How To Run A Successful Penetration Test
These seven tips will help ensure a penetration test improves your organization's overall security posture
"Penetration tests are an important part of any security program," opines Steve Zurier in Dark Reading. "Indeed, most companies in the Fortune 200 - maybe even the Fortune 2000 - are well along in their security maturity model to include at least an annual pen tests, experts say.

Jim O'Gorman, chief content and strategy officer at Offensive Security, says the best pen tests are tailored to the company's goals, delivering actionable results that help it establish clearly identified next steps to continue improving their security..."

Dark Reading, February 18th, 2021
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Business Email Compromise Is A Top Concern For Banks
Bottomline and Strategic Treasurer released the results of a survey that gathered details about corporate and banking experiences, actions and plans regarding fraud. Results show that the pandemic accelerated both the threat of fraud and the response to it, with corporate and banking alignment on defensive automation
"Banks worry about business email compromise

  • Spending more/significantly more on security is a 3-year trend (2019: 17%; 2020: 19%; 2021: 22%).

  • 86% of respondents from banks perceive business email compromise / authorized fraud to be the greatest risk to their business over the next 1-2 years.

  • 21% of fraud experiences had a COVID-19 connection.

Against a multi-year trend of increasing sophistication and automation of fraud, opportunistic criminals leveraged the pandemic-driven push to remote operations to strike in a blitz offensive. The rapid transition to a work from home (WFH) environment created exposures that outpaced structural and procedural defenses, resulting in accelerated threats and fraud loss..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, February 19th, 2021
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Top 10 Most Used MITRE ATT&CK Tactics and Techniques
Which tactics and techniques are cyber attackers favoring? vFeed has compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Used MITRE ATT&CK Tactics and Techniques to help security teams focus their defenses more effectively
"The MITRE ATT&CK framework is a well known and widely used knowledge base of cyber adversary tactics, techniques and procedures, and is based on observations on real-world attacks.

The framework applies to the following technologies:

  • Enterprise IT systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux

  • Cloud systems: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Office 365, and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

  • Mobile devices: Android and iOS

MITRE ATT&CK can be used to develop threat models, emulate adversaries, help security operations, improve organizational security, verify defenses, develop security architecture, and so on..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, February 16th, 2021
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Breach Etiquette: How To Mind Your Manners When It Matters
Panic-stricken as you may be in the face of a cyberattack, keeping calm and, perhaps most importantly, responding appropriately are critical to limiting the damage.
"Few things elicit greater fear than the moment an organization realizes it has been breached," notes Samuel Greengard in Dark Reading.

"Picture executives descending into sheer panic and security teams scrambling madly as they assess the situation and attempt to limit the damage. And it's little wonder why: A breach can prove costly - often to the tune of tens of millions of dollars - destroy a brand's reputation (if not the brand itself), and lead to huge regulatory penalties.

When a breach occurs, how teams act and react has everything to do with how quickly and smoothly an organization gets back on track..."

Dark Reading, February 17th, 2021
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Solarwinds Fallout Has Enterprise CISOs On Edge
As investigators uncover more about the massive SolarWinds hack, enterprise CISOs' concerns about digital supply chain security grow
Alissa Irei writes in SearchSecurity, "The SolarWinds supply chain hack -- unprecedented in both scope and sophistication -- marks an historic inflection point in how CISOs view the digital supply chain, experts say. By hiding malicious code in a trusted software update for SolarWinds' popular network monitoring platform, Orion, attackers may have gained backdoor access to the networks of thousands of customers, including federal agencies, such as the Departments of Treasury and Justice, and private organizations, such as Microsoft and Cisco. The continuing SolarWinds fallout has prompted companies of all kinds and sizes to regard their third-party technology partners with heightened uneasiness, if not outright suspicion..."
SearchSecurity, February 18th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
7 Of The Best Linux System Cleaning Tools
Many of us have to deal with slow and unresponsive systems due to improper maintenance and bloated software. This can have a negative impact on productivity and hampers the overall experience
Rubaiat Hossain writes in Make Tech Easier, "Luckily, there are several ways to tackle unresponsive Linux installations. Cleaning up the system is arguably the most useful among them. This list includes some of the best Linux system cleaning tools...

1. Stacer

2. BleachBit

3. Sweeper

4. GCleaner

5. Ubuntu Cleaner

6. FSlint

7. Synaptic Package Manager

Make Tech Easier, February 15th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
Cloud Computing 'Sticker Shock' Is On The Rise, And Containing It May Be A New Career Path
With concern about cloud spending on the rise, more professionals begin to devote part of their jobs to containing it. 'The dirty little secret of cloud spend is that the bill never really goes down.'
"As cloud adoption rises," opines Joe McKendrick in ZDNet, so does cloud "sticker shock." That tremendous savings seen from the switch to up-front CapEx investments in information technology to subscription mode soon gets soured as the rising monthly bills come in for services nobody knows where and when they are being used.

If you feel your organization is behind the curve with automating even the most routine parts of cloud, and cloud spending is an unseen disaster waiting to happen, don't feel so bad -- even the most informed financial experts are still trying to figure these things out..."

ZDNet, February 15th, 2021
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IT News - IoT
Overcoming IoT Asset Management Challenges
The ability to track anything - from the level of coffee left in your pot to a real-time inventory of goods in a warehouse - is compelling in any industry
Noah Simon writes in Secuity Boulevard, "With the number of IoT devices expected to reach 55.7 billion worldwide by 2025, security teams face increasing complexity and challenges in discovering, managing and securing all of these assets. Emerging data security and privacy requirements can create further complications.

Let's take a closer look at these challenges and the IoT device asset management best practices that can help security teams overcome them..."

Secuity Boulevard, February 17th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
The Troubling Trend Of Ghosting In Job Recruitment
The phenomenon of ending contact without explanation is on the rise, not just in the dating world, but throughout the enterprise, as job seekers and employers are now ghosting each other
N.F. Mendoza writes in TechRepublic, "In the summer of 2015, it made its way into the public vernacular as a burn: Charlize Theron allegedly ended her relationship with Sean Penn by not replying to texts or calls, and the media had a field day with a previously little-used term coined by New York writer Hannah VanderPoel, the year before - ghosting.

Now, ghosting has been co-opted to aptly describe what employers and job-seekers have apparently been doing to each other and describes a rather alarming trend, revealed in a new Indeed report..."

TechRepublic, February 17th, 2021
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IT Careers: 3 Top Skills For 2021
Looking for a new IT job in 2021? Focus on developing your skills in cloud, security, and AI technologies
"Demand for experienced IT professionals will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future," opines Vishu Krishnamurthy in The Enterprisers Project. "But if you want an edge in today's competitive job market, sharpen your "CSI" skills: cloud, security, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.


More enterprises are hosting their systems and services on cloud platforms for the greater agility and economic advantages they offer, and this trend is expected to grow. For this reason, the ability to develop software that can be easily deployed to the cloud will become increasingly critical..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 17th, 2021
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Data-Center Training, Recruitment Need To Change To Meet Staffing Demands
Data-center managers need to raise the profile of available job roles and rethink hiring tactics, say executives from Google Data Centers and Compass Datacenters
"As demand for data-center capacity has surged," writes Ann Bednarz in Networkworld, "owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute..."
Networkworld, February 18th, 2021
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The Uncertainty Of Cybersecurity Hiring
Cybersecurity hiring is going through a weird phase
"The pandemic, the remote work movement, budget changes and the rising aggression and refinement of cyber attacks are all major shifts," writes Mike Elgan in SecurityIntelligence.

"Through it all, and into the future, is a persistent cybersecurity skills gap. There simply aren't enough experts in this field to go around. And while the shortage of these in-demand experts remains, the job description is changing, segmenting and expanding..."

SecurityIntelligence, February 17th, 2021
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