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    1. Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

      With the announcement of a broad swathe of new data products and services at Microsoft Connect in New York City last week -- including that the next release of SQL Server will support Linux (and Docker) --  the software giant has signaled a renewed focus on customer choice and flexibility, underscoring the increasing importance of cloud computing as a central pillar of its business.

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    2. Research chip modeled after the brain aims to bring smarts to computers

      The dream of creating intelligent computers has inspired the development of exotic chips based on the structure of the brain, which operates in mysterious ways. Some researchers are making such chips from components found in today's computers. Using components pulled off store shelves, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have made a chip for intelligent computers that can learn. The chips are structured to discover patterns through probabilities and association, helping with decision making.

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    3. Why Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Slack tackle the enterprise differently

      Today's workforce uses a growing arsenal of tools to achieve various business objectives, and some of the biggest companies in technology are battling to ensure companies use their tools in the enterprise. During the Code Enterprise conference, executives from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Slack shared visions for the future of enterprise tech and spotlighted differences in their scopes and strategies. The four companies approach business from different backgrounds and with separate strengths and objectives. The distinctions between them reflect their respective views on the future of work and the extent to which productivity, collaboration and communication should be blended.

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    4. Five ways inadequate requirements wreak havoc with enterprise software purchases

      There are multiple reasons why major software purchases fail, but one of the most common is that of an inadequate requirements analysis. The problem is caused by people being unfamiliar with requirements gathering techniques, and by grossly underestimating the amount of work involved. Requirements are to software selection as foundations are to a building. Get them wrong or leave things out and there always will be problems. This article examines the consequences of missing requirements in the analysis phase and describes how to avoid the problem in the first place.

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    5. This malware attack starts with a fake customer-service call

      Hotel and restaurant chains, beware. A notorious cybercriminal gang is tricking businesses into installing malware by calling their customer services representatives and convincing them to open malicious email attachments. The culprits in these hacks, which are designed to steal customers’ credit card numbers, appear to be the Carbanak gang, a group that was blamed last year for stealing as much as $1 billion from various banks.

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    6. High-Tech Manufacturing: Next-Gen Plants for Next-Gen Workers

      When it comes to recruitment, the U.S. manufacturing industry has taken a multi-decade hit. High school and college institutions have reduced the emphasis on skills-based education and public perception has been tarnished by recessions and layoffs—not to mention the inaccurate perception that manufacturing is outdated, dirty, repetitive work. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Today’s manufacturing plant floor is a vibrant network of people, materials, and high-tech equipment that moves with precision and efficiency. MFC Netform Corporation, maker of cold-formed metal components used for powertrains in automotive and agriculture, is a perfect example. 

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    7. How to get IT and HR on the same page

      Digital transformation has eliminated a lot of the daily grunt work associated with the human resources role. Perry Oostdam, co-founder and CEO of Recruitee says that HR used to be a department bogged down by paperwork, but the automation of things like payroll, salary records and benefits has taken away much of the mundane work, and freed up HR pros to focus on more strategic initiatives and analytics. ERP heads for the cloud On-premises ERP is destined for legacy status. How can IT ensure a smooth transition to cloud? READ NOW "The productivity and efficiency brought by technology are undeniable ...

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    8. IT spending on ‘innovation’ is now a priority

      Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary. Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM). Analytics/business intelligence and cybersecurity are the top two IT spending priorities, something that has been true for the several years. But marching into this mix now is "innovation" spending, an IT category signaling business expectations for IT. SIM, which surveyed some 1,200 IT managers including 500 CIOs, said that innovation shot up from the eighth ...

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    9. Why IoT devices are the 'unusual suspects' in DDOS attacks

      Recent cyberattacks that harnessed digital devices to cripple websites confirm the concerns cybersecurity experts have long expressed about the threat posed by the internet of things (IoT). Many connected corporate devices, from VoIP phones and connected printers to smart video conferencing systems, have outdated firmware and can be hacked in minutes, according to new research from ForeScout Technologies. CIOs have spent the past two decades using firewalls, antivirus and anti-malware tools to build protective moats around servers and PCs. But it's what Abreu calls the "unusual suspects" that can wreak havoc. 

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    10. Outsourcing in the age of cybersecurity concerns

      It’s only natural that security comes up when talking about software development. There’s no denying that poor software development practices and subsequent security issues can go hand in hand. The risks can be alarming. Access to an enterprise’s database can be embedded into code. There could be unknown backdoors and other vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to access customer information like usernames, passcodes, credit cards numbers or other sensitive data.

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    11. Buying the best BPM for your needs

      While enterprise applications like ERP, CRM, HRIS and others cover their respective domains, business processes often need information to flow between these systems. An organization may also have specific processes that are not well handled by these enterprise applications, for example, unstructured or partly structured processes, or those touched by people outside the organization. The last thing you want to do is to customize application code to handle these types of processes because that makes upgrades difficult, risky and expensive. Another problem is that enterprise applications may not be easily adapted to changing business conditions.

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    12. Manufacturers Cut Costs to Grow Their Business: 3 Must-Do Steps to Success

      Squeezing every dime out of operations in the name of optimal efficiency is a key strategy for today’s manufacturers. But running a bare-bones business makes it difficult to handle the increased demand that comes with growth. So how can manufacturers continue to cut costs without inhibiting their infrastructure’s ability to expand and grow? These companies have manufacturing with cloud ERP and they’re counting those dimes as they secure a favorable position for growth:

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    13. The healthcare intelligence revolution: supply-chain management for healthcare

      Intelligent supply chains will be a game-changer for healthcare. Big data analytics are transforming care delivery. The U.S. healthcare landscape is shifting and causing providers to revisit their care delivery models. Fee-for-value instead of fee-for-service, physician shortages, digitization of healthcare and shifts toward outpatient services are challenging conventional care models.

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    14. Why cybersecurity spending will drive business digitization

      The days of CEOs regarding data protection technologies and staff as a budget drain and operating tax that stifles innovation are over. Galvanized by high-profile breaches, companies are shelling out more money to shore up corporate defenses. CEOs also recognize that security is table stakes for building digital products and are entrusting their CISOs with more responsibilities.

       

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    15. OpenStack Newton serves up a heaping helping of scalability

      The next release of OpenStack made its debut on Thursday with a raft of new features for better scalability and resiliency. Architectural and functional barriers can make it difficult for companies to scale their clouds up or down across platforms and geographies, but OpenStack's 14th release -- dubbed Newton -- does away with many of those limitations. The open source cloud-building software now includes improved scaling capabilities in its Nova, Horizon, and Swift components, its makers say.

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    16. Turn data from risk liability into an asset

      Big data has proven to be a big asset for corporations who are trying to collect information and make informed business decisions, but if the proper strategies for protecting that data are not in place, the risks to the enterprise can be costly. Earlier this year Cisco reported that worldwide mobile traffic is expected to grow eightfold from 2015 to 2020 reaching 30.6 exabytes, monthly.

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    17. Data center management in the cloud can predict downtime, vendors say

      Data center management in the cloud can predict downtime, vendors say

      Data center power management vendor Eaton’s newest product has sensors that that the company says will proactively warn customers of when equipment component failures are likely to occur. Eaton’s announcement today of PulseIngisht Analaytics is part of a broader trend in the data center infrastructure management (DCIM) market moving to cloud-based platforms, says 451 Research director for data center technologies Rhonda Ascierto.

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