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    1. 7 Slack alternatives worth a look

      Once upon a time if you wanted employees to collaborate you'd probably encourage them to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC). But about three years ago Slack appeared on the scene, and since then it's been eating IRC's lunch. That's because it's much easier to install, get up and running, and use than IRC, making it massively popular with nontechies. And thanks to a well-documented API it's easy to integrate with other programs and services.

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    2. What users could expect from Apple's homegrown GPUs for iPhones, iPads

      Apple has one big reason to move to a homegrown GPU: It wants full control over the hardware and software in its devices.The device maker is apparently developing its own GPU from scratch after dumping Imagination Technologies' PowerVR architecture, which is being used in the iPhone 7. The smartphone runs on the PowerVR A10 Fusion chip.It's not certain when Apple's homegrown GPU will appear in devices, and the company didn't respond to request for comment.

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    3. Expert tips for managing your cloud data

      When oncologists at Carolinas HealthCare System go before a tumor board review to discuss patient cases, they are looking for feedback on treatment plans and clinical trials. During their presentations, the doctors show their peers genetic data, pathology reports, lab results and physicians' notes -- all of which is at their fingertips because it is stored in a Hadoop cloud on Microsoft Azure.

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    4. Wal-Mart launches emerging tech incubator

      Wal-Mart Stores is creating what it's calling a technology incubator in Silicon Valley that's focused on technologies that will change how people shop. Dubbed Store No. 8, named for an Arkansas location where Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton tested new store features, the new venture will try out and possibly invest in technologies like virtual reality, drone delivery and autonomous vehicles. Don't get your hopes up about shopping in the world's coolest Wal-Mart. This will not be an actual store.

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    5. Blockchain can help secure medical devices, improve patient privacy

      Blockchain can help secure medical devices and improve patient privacy, but the key is proper implementation, according to a top security pro at Partners Healthcare. The downsides would include mistrust of the technology because of blockchain’s potential performance problems, and its association with ransomware and use as payment for illegal items on the Dark Web, Partners’ Deputy CISO Esmond Kane told the SecureWorld audience last week in Boston. On the other hand, the decentralized, encrypted public ledger could have a wealth of applications in healthcare.

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    6. An action plan for cloud management

      Companies everywhere are moving core enterprise systems to the cloud. Formerly complicated and expensive on-premises outsourcing implementations are now relatively simple and inexpensive in the cloud. This reduction in cost and complexity is causing an explosion of cloud services and cloud service providers. With multiple cloud services, many companies are losing track of the who, what, where, when and why of their data.

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    7. 5G progress at Ericsson could help enterprises work worldwide

      The Swedish network giant Ericsson will have a lot of prospective 5G equipment to show to gearheads at Mobile World Congress later this month, but the future cloud capabilities it demonstrates may be just as important for a subscriber’s experience. In addition to fast broadband speeds, Ericsson’s technologies for next-generation networks will be able to guarantee enterprises the same type of service around the world and shift applications to the edge of a network to shrink transmission delays, the company said in an MWC preview on Wednesday.

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    8. Every Company Must Behave Like a Software Company — Including Yours

      In technology, we get used to the idea that change is coming at us all the time, faster and faster. Or at least, we should get used to that idea, and even more important, we should prepare ourselves, our teams and our entire organizations for that rapid pace of change. Now that digital technology drives everything, every company, nonprofit, university and government agency that wants to stay relevant must become really good at developing and delivering software quickly, with great agility. That need is what's driving adoption of DevOps principles and practices.

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    9. Q&A: Puppet CEO foresees DevOps going mainstream

      Puppet has become synonymous with DevOps, and Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO of Puppet since late September, says the Puppet Enterprise platform for automating software delivery is now being used in more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100. InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill recently spoke with Mirchandani about where the company is headed and devops' progress these days.

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    10. Mobility's rise pulls value of HTML5, project management and CRM skills right along with it

      For developing client-side user interfaces for web applications, HTML, JavaScript and CSS constitute a potent triumvirate for showing content (HTML and possibly XML), input validation and programming functionality (JavaScript), as well as formatting and layout (CSS). Features exclusive to HTML5 and soon-to-arrive 5.1 give even more power to web developers, including better support for graphics and media, which will be critical as the battle for consumers' eyeballs intensifies.

       

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    11. New supercomputer will unite x86, Power9 and ARM chips

      For once, there will be a ceasefire in the war between major chip architectures x86, ARM and Power9, which will all be used in a supercomputer being built in Barcelona. The MareNostrum 4 is being built by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and will have three clusters, each of which will house Intel x86, ARM and Power9 chips. Those clusters will be linked to form a supercomputer that will deliver up to 13.7 petaflops of performance. All three architectures have never been implemented together in a supercomputer, let alone PCs or servers. It raises questions on how the architectures will ...

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    12. Intel races to put autonomous cars on streets

      As the PC market levels out, Intel believes it has a big future in autonomous cars. It's the new hot market the company is chasing, much like it did with mobile devices in recent years. Autonomous cars are so significant to Intel that the company on Tuesday said it is establishing the Automated Driving Group, which will focus on developing hardware and software technology for self-driving vehicles.

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    13. A year after separation, HP and HPE are still trying to shed rust

      Five years ago, then Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker was derided for an abrupt plan to spin off the PC division from the mothership. It happened anyway in 2015, when the idea seemed more logical. The spinoff led to the creation of HP, which focuses on PCs and printers, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which focuses on enterprise hardware and the cloud. Now a year after the split, the companies are still trying to shed off the rust as they try to stand on their own legs.

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    14. Will A.I. usher in a new era of hacking?

      It may take several years or even decades, but hackers won't necessarily always be human. Artificial intelligence -- a technology that also promises to revolutionize cybersecurity -- could one day become the go-to hacking tool.Organizers of the Cyber Grand Challenge, a contest sponsored by the U.S. defense agency DARPA, gave a glimpse of the power of AI during their August event. Seven supercomputers battled each other to show that machines can indeed find and patch software vulnerabilities.

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    15. Should enterprise CTO’s implement MLS systems?

      Multi-Level Security Information Systems, better known as MLS systems, have proven merit in the DoD arena in terms of providing a security net and thwarting threats to data and infrastructure within a unified system. Certainly this type of implementation would make sense commercially, but in the fast moving, ever-changing enterprise space, CTOs have historically been hesitant to adopt some of the advancements in these trusted operating systems on top of optimized hardware.

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    16. 7 Cybersecurity Best Practices That Regulated Industries Deal With

      Whether you work for an organization controlled by compliance standards or you are an independent IT firm looking to build your enterprise business, understanding industry regulations is crucial as it pertains to cybersecurity. Michael Hall, CISO, DriveSavers, provides a few best practices for businesses operating in or with regulated industries.

       

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    17. IBM pushes to offer IoT from development to production

      The internet of things is so complex that some enterprises would rather turn to one vendor to determine the business case for an IoT deployment, design the system, roll it out, and operate it as a service.At least that’s what IBM believes. The company’s combining several of its products and services into what it calls the IoT Solutions Practice. The move, announced Monday, is designed so customers can find all of IBM’s IoT offerings in one place.

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    18. 37% of IT pros to look for new jobs in 2017

      If your IT department isn’t already worried about staff retention, some new stats might change that. A new poll finds 37% of IT pros plan to begin searching for a new employer in 2017, and 26% plan to accept a new job. Many factors are driving people’s desire for a job change, according to Spiceworks’ 2017 Tech Career Outlook. The most frequently cited reasons are: to advance my IT skills; to get a more competitive salary; to work at a company that makes IT more of a priority; I’m burnt out at my current job; to find ...

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    19. What you should know about microservices

      There are many ways experts describe microservices, but no single agreed upon definition. Basically, it’s the idea that instead of building monolithic applications, developers build a series of components that make up the app. Microservices harken back to a buzzword of yesteryear: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), which is the idea of building components of an application separately. “Enterprise interest in micros. However, not all apps will benefit from a microservices architecture. The app has to be complex enough that it can be broken into a number of different components. More explained in the article.

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    20. A More Flexible Approach to App Containerization

      Mobile management has undergone a significant evolution from the era of strict enterprise-owned devices to the world of BYOD and beyond. The transition hasn’t always been smooth for enterprise IT, but the bright side is that organizations now have significantly better options for both empowering the user base with mobile access while maintaining high levels of security needed to protect sensitive data. The most significant advancement may be the introduction of flexible approaches to containerization. Containers are used to create an authenticated and encrypted area of an employee's device that separates sensitive corporate information from the owner's ...

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