1. Articles from computerworld.com

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    1. MOOCs put a new spin on professional development

      Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, bring to enterprise training and professional development some of the same qualities that companies seek in their IT systems and infrastructure: agility, efficiency and cost effectiveness.  As companies undergo digital transformations – deploying mobile, cloud, analytics and sensor technologies, to name a few – they’re having to rethink traditional IT roles and responsibilities. Training methods that were valid and effective 15 years ago aren’t going to cut it.

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    2. How to contract for outsourcing your agile development

      Agile software development methodologies are hardly new. But figuring out a way to adequately contract for them in IT outsourcing deal is. “Under traditional contracting approaches, there is an assumption that the development team can define, with some specificity, the ultimate ‘thing’ to be created supported by a detailed project plan and key milestones tied to client acceptance and financial payment triggers,” says Derek J. Schaffner, attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Mayer Brown. 

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    3. Putting deep learning to work

      After demonstrating discontinuous jumps in image recognition performance and defeating Korean grandmaster Lee Se-dol at Go, a game long resistant to computer mastery, deep learning has kicked up a swirling cloud of hype. And controversy. On the one hand, serious folks are studying how to prevent a recursively self-improving super intelligence from seizing Earth’s reins from humanity. On the other, IBM’s “cognitive” marketing claims are rightly being called out as hyperbolic.

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    4. Oracle pledges 'x86 economics' with new Sparc servers

      Larry Ellison doesn't do "cheap." The Oracle chairman isn't interested in selling the low-cost one- and two-socket servers that make up a huge slice of the server market but yield little profit for the companies that make them. Even if he did, that business is pretty much sewn up by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell and the "white box" makers from China and Taiwan. But Ellison's also a realist, and he knows customers are gradually turning away from his pricey Unix systems in favor of x86 boxes to build scale-out private and hybrid clouds

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    5. 19 Techniques to Control the Chaos in Data Storage

      There’s very little in this world that can’t generate data – anything that has measurable activity will do it. That includes nearly everything in the business environment, and organizations’ demand for that information is insatiable. But before data can be analyzed and acted upon, it needs to be captured, stored, and organized. The challenge is picking the right approach – this requires careful analysis to find the point where the right technology solution intersects with your specific requirements and capabilities.

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    6. Cloud or on-prem? This big-data service now swings both ways

      There are countless "as-a-Service" offerings on the market and typically they live in the cloud. In 2014, startup BlueData blazed a different trail by launching its EPIC Enterprise big-data-as-a-service offering on-premises instead. On Wednesday, BlueData announced that the software can now run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds, making it the first BDaaS platform to work both ways, the company says. The BDaaS market is expected to be worth $7 billion by 2020, according toresearch firm MarketsandMarkets.

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    7. Microsoft rolls out SQL Server 2016 with a special deal to woo Oracle customers

      The next version of Microsoft's SQL Server relational database management system is now available, and along with it comes a special offer designed specifically to woo Oracle customers. Until the end of this month, Oracle users can migrate their databases to SQL Server 2016 and receive the necessary licenses for free with a subscription to Microsoft's Software Assurance maintenance program.

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    8. Are you buried under your security data?

      The lack of ability to process massive amount of security data probably contributes a great deal to the success of the pervasive security attacks many face. Before looking for new sources of data, it would be better to be able to use the data already present. To fully review all logs and reports manually, a typical midsize company would need a bunch of employees staring at data for eight hours a day, and such positions are hard to justify. Employing automation to dig through the massive pile of security data seems to be the way to go. 

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    9. 7 traits to look for in a vendor

      Today, the role of a solutions partner in the enterprise is essential, becoming more of a business colleague, helping with strategic thinking and operational dealings of a company. Aside from the need to develop long-range technology strategies and maintain daily operations, the IT leader should develop “sourcing strategies” to meet expectations of business efficiency with financial effectiveness; that competency necessitates a closer relationship with suppliers.

       

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    10. Encryption is the foundation of the new data center

      A software-based encryption solution will be the foundation of the new data center architecture. The role and importance of such an encryption layer is only just beginning to be realized. As workloads in the corporate data center begin to migrate to the public cloud, the need to encrypt data in motion and at rest becomes foundational. As we move to a world where encryption in the data center works seamlessly and at scale, it will impact some fundamental assumptions about how a data center operates.

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    11. How history will retell the flash storage story

      In five to ten years, we will look back with awe on the storage-media transition from spinning, rust-coated platters and electro-mechanical recording arms to solid-state, silicon-based media. We will look back upon the magnetic hard disk era of data storage with glee and relief. Archeologists will unearth these things and ponder how they ever worked in the first place. The magnetic hard disk is being replaced by solid-state storage, or flash. It is really just a matter of time until the last hard disk is given a ceremonial “so long and thanks for all the IO’s.”

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    12. This startup uses machine learning to turn your old enterprise apps into mobile ones

      There's plenty of lip service paid to the need to mobile-enable the enterprise, but actually making that happen is more complicated. That's where PowWow Mobile hopes to help. The startup on Wednesday launched SmartUX, a platform that taps machine learning to help companies turn their legacy Web and Windows apps into mobile-optimized ones without writing any code. Along the way, PowWow promises that it can save months of development time and more than 70 percent of development costs.

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    13. Why analytics is eating the supply chain

      Analytics platforms are bringing new visibility into the supply chain, enabling the wholesaler to better anticipate and meet demand and offer service levels it couldn't have previously. New software is also enabling more collaboration among partners, including key customers and suppliers. New visualization tools are bringing the dynamics of the supply chain to life. Equipped with better analytics, companies can achieve tens of millions of dollars in savings along with improved service levels.

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    14. All-flash, hybrid, or converged: What’s the right storage solution for your business?

      A massive change in enterprise data storage is underway as more companies switch to flash-based storage arrays. A recent Gartner report projects that by 2019, 20% of traditional high-end storage arrays will be replaced by dedicated solid-state arrays. So where is the best place to start bringing flash into your environment? This document states three ways to deploy flash storage.

       

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    15. Turn Big Data into Big Value with Master Data Management

      Big data analysis is rapidly getting mainstream adoption in the Fortune 1000, but often without delivering strong business value, because a lack of data management quickly turns a data lake into a data swamp. If you are embarking on a big data initiative and you want to deliver business value, you can’t afford to just dump data onto Hadoop. Learn from others’ mistakes and invest in the data management capabilities you’ll need to get actionable insights. Only Master Data Management can deliver the trusted data you need for your data lake to deliver business value.

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    16. From idea to new app in a matter of minutes

      There’s a new term floating around the halls and conference rooms of today’s IT departments. The term, hybrid IT, describes a new approach to how IT supports the business, and offers the best of two worlds: traditional IT infrastructure combined with today’s software-defined, virtualized environments. Hybrid offers a combination of IT components (servers, storage, and networking) in agile, flexible, cloud-ready, and datacenter-friendly configurations. With hybrid, the resources within your infrastructure are available to those who need it, when they need it, thus accelerating the time to deliver new apps and services to customers.

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    17. How to overcome the infamous forklift upgrade challenge

      Thinking about modernizing your IT infrastructure? If so, it’s likely you face two major pain points: moving to a new modern storage infrastructure and keeping that new infrastructure current. Some vendors categorize these pain points as the “forklift upgrade challenge.” Unfortunately, most vendors focus only on simplifying the storage life-cycle after dismissing the legacy storage solution. They have little to say or offer about how they can help you migrate from your old storage infrastructure.

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    18. On many IoT projects, IT shops get left behind

      IT departments are playing second fiddle to operations people as enterprises tune up for the Internet of Things. That’s one of the surprising findings from a survey of people involved in business IoT projects in the U.S. The survey, conducted last month by Technalysis Research, also revealed that monitoring employees is the No. 1 thing companies want to do with the widely hyped technology. Conflict between IT and OT (operations technology) had been brewing before the IoT trend even began, as physical infrastructure was updated with new smarts. 

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    19. You Snooze You Lose: The Road to Business Value is Paved with Data

      The data management challenge today is exponentially more complicated. There is less business confidence in the trust and security of this heterogeneous spaghetti map of information than ever before, requiring justification to invest in even more data management competencies, such as master data management (MDM), metadata management, and data security, to name just a few. Data governance as an organizational discipline is needed now more than ever, and isn’t it time that business leaders stop expecting IT to carry this weight alone?

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    20. The Tipping Point for Cloud Analytics

      Cloud has been a “trend” in IT for nearly a decade. Businesses need to be armed with the right insights at the right time to keep pace with customer expectations, market changes, and competition. The survey indicates that cloud analytics adoption has reached a tipping point: 63% of respondents say they plan to investigate, analyze, or actively deploy cloud analytics solutions over the next 12 months. Additionally, 71% said they expect to adopt a hybrid or cloud-only approach to analytics over the next three years.

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    21. 10 tech specialties with rising salaries

       Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that IT employment grew 3.1% in 2015, and 44% of IT managers who participated in Computerworld's 2016 IT Salary Survey said they expect to expand their IT staffs this year. Salaries are growing, too. Computerworld survey participants reported an average compensation increase of 3.9% this year, the highest year-over-year pay hike we've seen in our survey results since 2001.

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    22. One-fifth of IT pros say their companies had mobile data breach

      IT pros have long been concerned about the potential for security breaches with increased employee use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets owned by workers who bring in their own devices from home. A new survey of 882 IT professionals has quantified those concerns, revealing that one in five organizations (21%) suffered a security breach involving a mobile device sometime in the past, primarily due to connections to malicious Wi-Fi hotspots and malware.

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