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IBM Unveils New Generation Of IBM Power Servers For Frictionless, Scalable Hybrid Cloud
IBM announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments.
"The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionlessiii hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.

The IBM Power E1080 server is launching at a critical time for IT. As organizations around the world continue to adapt to unpredictable changes in consumer behaviors and needs, they need a platform that can deliver their applications and insights securely where and when they need them. The IBM Institute of Business Value's 2021 CEO Study found that, of the 3,000 CEOs surveyed, 56% emphasized the need to enhance operational agility and flexibility when asked what they'll most aggressively pursue over the next two to three years..."

IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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IBM Watson Launches New AI And Automation Features To Help Businesses Transform Customer Service
IBM announced the launch of new AI and automation capabilities in IBM Watson Assistant designed to make it easier for businesses to create enhanced customer service experiences across any channel - phone, web, SMS and any messaging platform
"This includes a new collaboration with IntelePeer, a leading Communications Platform-as-a-Service provider, to set up and test a voice agent, and a new agent app designed to enable a seamless hand-off to a live agent while maintaining the conversation's context.

Virtual assistants are gaining popularity due to ongoing improvements in natural language processing (NLP) and automation. According to IBM's 2021 Global AI Adoption Index1, 52 percent of global IT professionals surveyed report that their company is using or considering NLP solutions to improve customer experiences..."

IBM News, September 9th, 2021
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Kyndryl Names Harsh Chugh As Chief Operating Officer
Kyndryl, the new, independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, announced the appointment of Harsh Chugh as the company's Chief Operations Officer.
"Kyndryl's goal is to apply world-class talent and modern and resilient IT systems to help customers realize their business ambitions, and it is important to maintain financial discipline and an operating vision that matches our mission," said Martin Schroeter, Kyndryl's chief executive officer. "Harsh Chugh is expert in delivering operational excellence, in building teams that get great results and in deploying the best talent for critical projects. I am delighted Harsh will direct our operations and help Kyndryl advance the vital systems that power progress for our customers."
IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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Sumo Logic And IBM Expand Collaboration To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption With Marketplace Availability And Red Hat Openshift Operator Integration
Sumo Logic the pioneer in continuous intelligence, and announced the availability of Sumo Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform on Red Hat Marketplace, the open cloud marketplace for enterprise customers that offers a simpler way to buy and deploy certified container-based software.
Sumo Logic will offer its cloud-native security and observability solutions for companies running on the Red Hat OpenShift platform, helping them to deploy faster and achieve insights into their cloud and hybrid infrastructures, applications, and services.

Ramin Sayar, President and CEO at Sumo Logic said: 'Companies want to streamline the procurement, deployment, and management of their container applications. Sumo's Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform allows them to get all their data into one place for observability, security, and business intelligence and to reduce administrative labor. We are excited about our collaboration with IBM to offer our Continuous Intelligence Platform with Red Hat OpenShift on Red Hat Marketplace, making it easier for customers to take advantage of our DevSecOps platform as they modernize and or migrate their applications across hybrid cloud environments.'

IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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This Is What The Most Powerful Server In The World Looks Like
While we are big fans of distributed computing systems here at The Next Platform, we never forget our heritage in big iron. And we never forget the important place that big, fat, shared memory NUMA systems still play in the spectrum of compute in the datacenter
And we like big iron, just like we like muscle cars and beater trucks.

So it is with a certain amount of enthusiasm that we have been anticipating the launch of IBM's first server based on its 'Cirrus' Power10 chip: the 'Denali' Power E1080 system. We don't see a lot of big iron around these datacenter parts anymore. And in fact, there are fewer and fewer manufacturers of these NUMA systems. It has basically come down to IBM with the 16-socket Power E1080 and with the future 16-socket System z16 based on the 'Telum' processor we told you about a few weeks ago, the 'DragonHawk' Superdome Flex 280 machines from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, based on a mix of the HP Superdome X and SGI NUMAlink 8 technologies like the Superdome Flex before it and using the 'Cooper Lake' Xeon SP 8380H processors from Intel. There are, of course, a selection of four-socket and eight-socket servers based on the Cooper Lake Xeon SPs from the major OEMs and ODMs as well, but this is not truly big iron as we know it.

TheNextPlatform, September 8th, 2021
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Red Hat News
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Friday Five - September 10, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.
  • Quarkus For Spring Developers
  • Customer success stories: speeding data insights with Red Hat
  • VentureBeat - Red Hat to help bring climate impact data to global finance industry
  • Top 10 most used Open Practice Library concepts
  • TechCrunch - New IBM Power E1080 server promises dramatic increases in energy efficiency, power

Read on for details

Red Hat News, September 10th, 2021
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Now Available: Multi Target Replication On Sap Hana For Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Support for scale out with RHEL 8.4 batch-update 2 is available for customers as of Aug 10th.
"For more than two decades, Red Hat and SAP have partnered to deliver pioneering world-class solutions that are now at the forefront of open source digital transformation. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) High Availability Add-On, which is included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions, is an automated high availability solution that increases reliability and stability by eliminating single points of failure and minimizing unscheduled downtime in scale-up and scale-out SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP NetWeaver deployments.

Automatic failover is triggered without external user intervention, helping to provide a high level of operational performance with minimal disruption that is designed to be secure, responsive and provide business continuity..."

Red Hat News, September 9th, 2021
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Reviewing RHEL Systems On The Red Hat Customer Portal
In previous posts, we showed you how to enable Simple Content Access (SCA), register your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with Insights, and tag and review systems.
"In this third part of our series on Subscription Manager and SCA, we will look at reviewing your RHEL instances in the Red Hat customer portal.

Review your Registered Systems on the Red Hat Customer Portal

1. Click on the Systems tab link in the Red Hat Customer Portal (Note: You need to be in the Subscriptions section on the Red Hat Customer Portal.)

You'll note that there is a question mark (?) by each System Name. This happens when SCA is enabled as you no longer need to attach a subscription to a registered system. If any subscriptions are attached to a registered system, the number of subscriptions attached wil be registered in the third column..."

Red Hat News, September 8th, 2021
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Top 10 Most Used Open Practice Library Concepts
Learn about the Open Practice Library: a collection of tools that can help your team focus on DevOps and product development practices.
"The Open Practice Library has quickly grown in its popularity and has become a trusted resource for anyone wanting to learn ways to get optimal outcomes for their teams. Created in 2016 by the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, the library offers various strategies and concepts to focus on DevOps and product development practices. Not sure where to start? We're highlighting the Library's top 10 tools in this post..."
Red Hat News, September 7th, 2021
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IT News - CxO
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7 IT Metrics That Matter Most
As the number of IT metrics multiply, it's important to zero in on the key indicators that offer at-a-glance insights on essential enterprise functions
John Edwards writes in CIO, "Metrics are essential tools that help IT leaders focus their teams and resources on important core business areas, such as transformation and operations. Yet while highly useful, metrics can also be dangerous when improperly used. It's easy, for instance, to rely on the wrong metric to track a specific operation, a mistake that can lead to inaccurate or misleading results. Complicating things is the constant flow of new metrics, many of which have yet to prove their long-term value..."
CIO, September 2nd, 2021
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Digital Transformation Metrics: 5 Questions To Ask
How do you measure the success of digital transformation efforts? Ask these real-world questions when building digital transformation metrics
"Just about every company understands the importance of digital transformation in 2021," opines Andrew Butt in The Enterprisers Project. "From surging online consumer activity to the digital tools that can drastically improve communication, collaboration, and productivity, it's clear that the companies that fail to digitize their operations and services will be at a severe competitive disadvantage.

But for a company's digital transformation work to be deemed successful, you will need to assess several key performance indicators. An effective digital transformation isn't a box companies can check: It's an ongoing process that requires constant evaluation and adjustment..."

The Enterprisers Project, August 30th, 2021
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The CIO's Role In Maintaining A Strong Supply Chain
Supply chains are no longer focused wholly on just-in-time delivery and logistics any more than CIOs are focused entirely on help desks and printers
Jason Dury, Jack O'Meara write in CIO Dive, "The job of chief information officer is not for those that have trouble managing stress, time, or big issues. CIOs who take an enterprise-wide and business leadership view of their responsibilities have numerous, immensely important, wide-ranging, and both strategic and operationally detailed roles.

CIOs have to work in a collaborative way with other business and government leaders because there is inevitably overlap in key functional areas. And some of these areas, such as cybersecurity, are growing significantly..."

CIO Dive, August 30th, 2021
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CIO Think Tank: 5G In The Enterprise
How will IT harness the power and promise of 5G? In this roadmap report, dozens of IT leaders share use cases, challenges, and insights
"Last year," notes Derek Slater in CIO, "a sudden shift to remote work reinforced a vital concept that companies might have started taking for granted: Connectivity is the lifeblood of work. What role should 5G, the latest generation of wireless broadband, play in that connection?

That's the question explored in a series of virtual CIO Think Tank roundtables held in May and June 2021. Dozens of IT leaders took part in three panel discussions, identifying 5G's potential and hurdles for enterprise adoption, highlighting innovative possible use cases, and illuminating the kinds of partnerships needed for 5G technology and infrastructure..."

CIO, September 1st, 2021
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CXOTALK: Customer Experience, Ecommerce, and Digital Transformation at FTD
How does a 110-year old flower retailer, wholesaler, and delivery network transform itself with eCommerce? We hear from the CEO of FTD, Charlie Cole, to learn about customer engagement, CX strategy, eCommerce strategy, digital transformation, and business metrics at this iconic brand.
Charlie also explains the customer service and supply chain implications of running an eCommerce website selling perishable products like flowers.

TRANSCRIPT

  • About FTD and the flower business
  • Customer satisfaction and experience
  • Challenges to creating customer success and loyalty
  • Complexities of eCommerce
  • CEO priorities
  • Corporate culture and customer service
  • Building customer loyalty and employee trust
  • Using data in corporate operations

This transcript was lightly edited for length and clarity.

CXOTALK, August 30th, 2021
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3 Storytelling Lessons Learned: CIOs Share
Crafting a story that resonates and rallies a team takes patience, repetition, and reflection. Learn from winners of the Seattle CIO of the Year Awards
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Effective storytelling in IT can help leaders win buy-in for an idea, rally their teams to take on a tough project, and make work meaningful for people on the front lines. But getting everyone on board with your vision is rarely as simple as telling a single story. It takes patience, repetition, reflection, and practice to hone this valuable core skill.

We asked CIOs who recently won the 2021 Seattle CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards what storytelling victories from their career they are proud of. The awards were presented by the Seattle CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."

The Enterprisers Project, September 2nd, 2021
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Getting Ahead Of A Major Blind Spot For CISOs: Third-Party Risk
For many CISOs and security leaders, it was not long ago that their remit focused on the networks and digital ecosystems for their organization alone
"In today's digital world, those days are a thing of the past with a growing number of businesses relying on third-party vendors to scale, save time and outsource expertise in order to stay ahead. With this change, new security risks affiliated with third-party vendors are more prevalent than ever before.

Supply-chain attacks like SolarWinds making headlines and causing domino effects to organizations involved have made third-party security risk a topic that's present in boardrooms and SOCs alike. In fact, supply-chain attacks were reported as one of the top concerns of U.S. CISOs in 2021..."

HelpNet Security, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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Is This The Fastest USB Flash Drive In The World?
Kingston's latest flash drive features USB-C connectivity and record-breaking speeds
"Kingston has announced that its new high performance USB-C flash drive the DataTraveler Max is now available," reports Anthony Spadafora in techradar.pro.

"The DataTraveler Max (DT Max) is one of the fastest USB drives on the market with read speeds of up to 1000 Mbps and write speeds of up to 900 Mbps.

According to Kingston, the company designed the DT Max with portability and convenience in mind. However, the flash drive also features a unique ridged casing that protects its USB-C connector when its not in use and is easily moved in a single motion..."

techradar.pro, August 31st, 2021
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Is There Any Scope Left For Storage Industry Real Innovation?
Over the past 9 decades, the storage industry has brought to market numerous ground-breaking technologies and architectures, many of which are still in use today, years after they first appeared on the market
Every day, vendors announce new products that seemingly offer something different from the myriad of competing solutions already available; but are these simple updates to existing technologies, with a few tweaks and additions? Or are they truly original? At a time when so much has already been developed, can storage vendors still be innovative?

To find out, let's go back to the very start of the storage industry as we know it. It was nearly a century ago, in 1928, that Austrian scientist Fritz Pfleumer patented the first magnetic tape. Since then, tape has played a significant role in the storage of data. Veniamin Simonov, director of product management, Nakivo, Inc., agrees: 'There have been numerous breakthroughs in the storage industry since the times of magnetic tape which, over the years, has helped to revolutionise how data is stored. Since then, we've seen the move to disk storage, which has included floppy disks, HDD drives, optical disk drives, and so on.'

StorageNewsletter.com, August 31st, 2021
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Hybrid Disk/Flash Storage Isn't New, But It Is Getting Better
Five years ago, Western Digital, known for its hard disk drive (HDD) storage technologies, doled out $19 billion in cash and stock for SanDisk and its solid state drive (SDD) product portfolio, giving it deep expertise in the non-volatile flash memory space at a time when enterprises were looking for expanded storage options in the wake of the rise of the cloud and the edge
Jeffrey Burt writes in The Next Platform, "At the time the deal was announced in 2015 - the acquisition closed a year later - then-CEO of Western Digital Steve Milligan boasted that the 'combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry.' The company also noted that with SanDisk in the fold, the combination of the two will enable Western Digital to 'vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.'

The deal gave Western Digital a much broader portfolio of technologies and expanded reach beyond HDDs. Earlier this month, the company announced that in the most recent quarter, revenue jumped 15 percent year-over-year, to $4.9 billion..."

The Next Platform, September 1st, 2021
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Set Up A Rock-Solid Virtualized Storage Management Strategy
An effective deployment and oversight strategy is essential to get the most out of your virtual storage. Find out what software, hardware and tools can ensure it all runs smoothly
"Despite the benefits of virtualized storage," writes Robert Sheldon in SearchServerVirtualization, "there's not a clear way to deploy or manage the technology; this is in part because organizations have different requirements, and offerings vary significantly in capabilities, technology requirements and use cases.

Storage virtualization can help simplify management and improve resource use. It also streamlines advanced feature application across the storage pool and extend the life of older storage systems.

When admins deploy and manage virtual storage, they must account for four main considerations..."

SearchServerVirtualization, August 30th, 2021
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New Workloads Driving All-Flash Object Storage Adoption, Says ESG
Digital transformation initiatives and new workloads are driving all-flash object storage adoption in business, according to a report from IT research firm ESG
Daniel Robinson writes in Blocks & File, "Key findings of the report - The Digital Era Is Fueling Adoption of All-flash Object Storage - are that all-flash object storage is still in its early adoption phase, but ESG expects it to become pervasive. While 95 per cent of organisations are using flash storage systems, only 23 per cent of those use all-flash object storage. At the same time, 87 per cent of those not currently using it intend to evaluate the technology over the next year..."
Blocks & File, August 31st, 2021
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Five Key Questions To Ask About Storage-As-A-Service And Consumption Models
We look at important questions to ask providers of consumption-based storage procurement services, such as base costs and burst, usage measurement and upgrade paths
"Enterprises have long had to balance capital and operational expenditure (capex/opex) when it comes to their IT budgets. Storage is no exception," writes Stephen Pritchard in ComputerWeekly.

"Over the past decade, the volume of data being stored has risen sharply - and continues to do so. Researchers at Statista predict an average annual growth rate of 42% between 2020 and 2022.

But predicting exactly how much storage any one business needs remains difficult. Businesses risk over-provisioning, and so leaving valuable capital equipment underused, or investing too little in storage capacity, making it harder to roll out new applications. This has fuelled the rise of as-a-service and consumption models of storage procurement..."

ComputerWeekly, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - AI
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Three Ways Conversational AI Could Boost Productivity
Tired of distractions around the home office? Need some encouragement from the "boss"? Artificial intelligence could one day come to the rescue
"Conversational AI is," writes Rob Enderle in ComputerWorld, "at heart, a new interface in computing where the computer learns how to best work with a human rather than the reverse. While primarily focused for now on tele-sales, it has several other potential uses, including personal tutors or virtual bosses. Being a digital boss myself, this last may be particularly critical during the pandemic because those working from home can get distracted by things that might not have been intrusive when in the office..."
ComputerWorld, September 3rd, 2021
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Meet The New Demand For Creativity With AI
The pandemic caught many companies unprepared and gave them new pressure to increase their efforts to serve customers and employees through digital acceleration
Diego Lo Giudice, writes for Forrester, "Future fit organizations responded with utmost creativity by pivoting quickly to new business models while supporting existing customers. They optimized and automated processes and reorganized their workforce to adapt to the new context. And they quickly adopted new technologies that helped them become more resilient. Will all of the urgency brought about by the pandemic just disappear?

Based on past pandemic events, scientists say that, on average, 50% of what changes during a pandemic stays. Pandemics prove that humans and organizations change quickly when put under pressure. Forrester believes that in the digital world, businesses must and will keep most of the changes made during the pandemic going forward..."

Forrester, September 2nd, 2021
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Looking For AI Success? It's All About The Data
As the number of industries integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations continues to grow, more organizations are scrutinizing their AI system design workflows, including the roles of modeling and data
"Within the workflows, organizations are finding and confirming that starting with good data plays the largest role in producing accurate insights, writes David Willingham in EnterpriseAI.

"That is because when the data is fed into a model, it shapes how the model analyzes, learns, and arrives at its decisions. If that model is forced to analyze substandard data, its insights will be substandard. Conversely, if the model is fed the most accurate and useful data available, its insights will be useful.

So how does one ensure the data fed into an AI model is the best available?..."

EnterpriseAI, August 30th, 2021
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The State of MLOps in 2021
MLOps is the art and science of bringing machine learning to production, and it means many things to many people. The State of MLOps is an effort to define and monitor this market
"How is the MLOps market defined, what should you be looking for if you want to address MLOps in your organization, and what are the options?" asks George Anadiotis in ZDNet.

These are all highly relevant questions to operationalize machine learning -- and not just because MLOps is hitting peak (Gartner) hype. A few people are trying to address those in the Gartners of the world and beyond.

Ori Cohen and Lior Gavish are among them. Their opinion counts because they are both machine learning practitioners with years of experience whose daily job touches upon various aspects of MLOps..."

ZDNet, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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Look for PCIe 5.0, NVMe 2.0 to boost storage performance
Enterprises that need high-performance storage for AI and ML workloads can keep an eye out for new products based on the latest PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 2.0 specifications
"Enterprise buyers in need of higher performance storage might want to start checking with vendors about their plans to support PCIe 5.0 and NVMe 2.0 technologies," writes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

"The NVM Express Inc. organization recently finalized the 2.0 version of the non-volatile memory specification that can help to lower latency and boost storage performance. New NVMe 2.0 features include command sets for key-value (KV) and Zoned Namespace (ZNS) technologies that can run on PCIe, remote direct memory access (RDMA) and TCP transports..."

SearchStorage, September 2nd, 2021
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IT News - CRM
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CRM System: Important Benefits Of Getting One For Your Business
A customer relationship management or CRM system is one of the most important ingredients in the recipe for sustainable business growth
Rick Kranz notes in Business 2 Community, "After all, you need to stay focused on your customers (and prospective customers) at all times. This is in order to provide them with relevant messaging, informative content, and exceptional experiences.

That being said, what are some of the specific benefits that a CRM system can offer? Let's dig into that question and see how many key benefits we can unearth..."

Business 2 Community, September 2nd, 2021
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Hubspot CRM: What Is It And How Can It Benefit Your Business?
Most businesses in today's marketplace use a CRM as a powerful multi-purpose tool. One that results in increased customer retention, higher conversion rates, and sustainable growth.
"CRM stands for customer relationship management," writes Rick Kranz in Business 2 Community. "And as its name implies, a CRM system is designed for managing most (if not all) aspects of your relationships with your customers. Of course, there is a lot of different CRM options on the market today. One of the most popular ones is the HubSpot CRM system. Why should you seriously consider investing in it? Let's discuss just a few reasons why in the information below.

The advantages of using a CRM platform as a 'single source of truth' are plainly evident, especially when you think about how companies used to keep track of customer data. Perhaps the marketing team would have a 'buyer's journey' in place to inform their ad creative. Sales reps would have their own tools designed to nurture leads and close deals. Senior management would have a high-level strategy for expanding brand awareness via multiple channels that their consumers preferred. However, all of this information was fragmented at best, and often led to mixed results..."

Business 2 Community, August 30th, 2021
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The Impact Of Using A CRM On Business Activities
A CRM system is a tool used to organize and store all data related customer information. It allows you track sales leads, phone calls, emails, meetings in one central hub for improved efficiency of operations with your customers
Matthew Popham writes in Business 2 Community, "Because we have all the customer data in one hub, it greatly improves operational efficiency. Lending a helping hand in improved customer service and sales is beneficial for everyone involved.

A CRM system allows for personalized messages and offers as well as tracking data to extract insights. This leads to a more effective sales strategy, which is essential in today's business environment.

Marketing and sales processes run more smoothly with a CRM system. The sales department can work independently while collaborating seamlessly with other departments like marketing. Questions like, 'Who spoke to the client last?' or 'What did they talk about?', become obsolete..."

Business 2 Community, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - HR
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How HR Departments Of One Can Claim A 'Seat At The Table'
During an Aug. 24 webinar, speaker and consultant Lori Kleiman offered three tips to those attempting to pivot to a more strategic role.
"The HR pros who operate solo deal with a conundrum: They're assigned long lists of administrative tasks, but they're likely to want more strategic work," writes Katie Clarey in HRDIVE.

"This problem pushes single-person HR departments to prioritize agility and efficiency, according to Lori Kleiman, a consultant and speaker who specializes in small business operations. To make progress toward their goals, practitioners need to consider the practical and the philosophical, said Kleiman, who once staffed an HR department of one. They'll need to find tech tools that help them multitask, for instance; they'll also need to devise a strategy to ensure their department contributes to business growth..."

HRDIVE, September 2nd, 2021
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IT News - PM
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Best IT Project Management Tools & Software 2021
Because IT touches the entire business, the projects can be large and complex
Jenn Fulmer writes in IT Business Edge, "Despite the large projects they're facing, only 23 percent of organizations use a project management tool, leaving over 50 percent of teams without the key performance indicators they need to effectively evaluate projects and processes. IT project management software helps companies stay on track with their project goals, identify bottlenecks quickly, and improve their project procedures overall..."
IT Business Edge, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - Security
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What Are The Cybersecurity Threats Every Board Needs To Be Aware Of Today?
As cybercrime becomes more prevalent what are the threats to watch out for
Pascal Geenens writes in ITProPortal, "In the last few months the cyber security community has witnessed the propagation of new organized hacktivist groups spurred on by the innovations used by nation-states. Pascal Geenens, director of threat intelligence at Radware, provides the low down.

In the second quarter of 2021, companies were fending off each month on average around 5000 malicious events. Compared to the second quarter of 2020, this represents a jump in blocked attacks of around 30 percent and an increase of more than 40 percent in average blocked volume. Companies based in America and Europe, Middle East and Africa had to defend against twice as much volume compared to Asia Pacific..."

ITProPortal, August 31st, 2021
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FBI And CISA Warn That Cybercriminals Don't Take Holidays
The FBI and CISA (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) have jointly issued an advisory to organisations, warning about an increase in the number of attacks coinciding with weekends and holidays.
Graham Cluley wrote in Security Boulevard "With the Labor Day weekend rapidly approaching, the agencies have reminded businesses to be especially vigilant, remain diligent about their network defences, and 'engage in preemptive threat hunting on their networks to search for signs of threat actors.'

To underline their point, the FBI and CISA have warned that they have noted a trend for ransomware and other cyber attacks to occur at times when offices are normally closed. To underline the seriousness of the issue, the agencies have detailed three major ransomware attacks in recent months that coincided with holiday weekends, causing significant disruption:..."

Security Boulevard, September 2nd, 2021
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Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management (CIEM) & Identity Management For Beginners
The public cloud eliminated traditional network boundaries, so cloud security is based on different strategies, like entitlement management
"The security boundary of your cloud is your Identities," writes Eric Kedrosky in Security Boulevard, "both people users and non-people identities, and they need to be managed accordingly. There can be tens of thousands of non-people identities in your cloud environment, and it is the use cases of these non-people identities make security even more complex.

Identity-based use cases are proliferating dramatically, which brings into question their entitlements. In the cloud, we call these entitlements an Identity's Effective Permissions, the end-to-end permission of the actions that an Identity can take and the data it can access..."

Security Boulevard, August 31st, 2021
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Why Phishing Is A Bigger Threat Than Ransomware
While enterprise security teams have had their hands full battling an increasing number of more sophisticated ransomware attacks, phishing attacks are on the rise with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions
"In fact," writes Jonathan Andresen in Security Boulevard, "just this past week Microsoft warned of a widespread credential phishing campaign that leverages open redirector links in email communications as a vector to trick users into visiting malicious websites while effectively bypassing security software.

'Attackers combine these links with social engineering baits that impersonate well-known productivity tools and services to lure users into clicking,' Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team said in a report published this week.

Security Boulevard, September 1st, 2021
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Ransom DDoS: What You Need To Know Now
According to the 2021 Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report, Ransom DDoS (RDoS) threats are on the rise. Imperva researchers have been monitoring threats against several of our customers where extortionists have demanded payment in BitCoin to prevent DDoS attacks
"As security teams prepare cyber-attack mitigation strategies for 2022, data collected by Imperva strongly suggests that evaluating and improving RDoS detection and response capabilities should be a priority," notes Bruce Lynch in Security Boulevard. "In this post, we'll explain what an RDoS attack is, how it plays out, and what you need to do to prevent it.

RDoS attacks are DDoS attacks - malicious attempts to make an online service unavailable to users, usually by temporarily interrupting or suspending the services of its hosting server - with an extortion component. Today, they are remarkably easy to carry out. The technical skills required to carry out an RDoS attack are extremely low, and the tools for reconnaissance on your organization's networks are publicly available. DDoS 'stressors', a.k.a. 'DDoSers' or 'Booters' which are ostensibly intended to enable you to research and pressure test your network, actually help cybercriminals plan an attack against your network. Search engines make it simple for hackers to collect information about all of your network ranges and networking services, information that you use to keep your IT systems working and accessible, but which makes your systems easier to attack..."

Security Boulevard, August 31st, 2021
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Best Threat Intelligence Platforms & Tools For 2021
Threat intelligence platforms take security beyond traditional defensive strategies.
"Threat intelligence helps IT to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals and prevent information or financial loss," notes Drew Robb in CIOinsight.

"This makes it possible to warn organizations about potentially malicious activity inside the network. Unusual patterns or behavior are flagged so security analysts can find out what is going on.

Threat intelligence platforms, then, deal with any threats or potential threats related to computer systems and web-based applications. This represents a way to collect relevant information relating to cyber threats. Further, threat intelligence software applies analytics to that information, adding a predictive capability and risk estimation..."

CIOinsight, September 1st, 2021
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IT News - Linux
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Linux Kernel 5.14 Officially Released, This Is What's New
With Linux turning 30 years old, what better way to celebrate than with a new kernel release as Linus Torvalds just announced today the general availability of the Linux 5.14 series.
"Less than two months in development, the Linux 5.14 kernel brings cool new features to the table," reports Marius Nestor in 9to5linux, "such as the merge of the core scheduling functionality to better protect our Linux computers against some Spectre vulnerabilities, the burstable CFS bandwidth controller, or the new mechanism for better controlling resource limits within user namespaces.

Also new is an I/O priority controller for control groups designed for managing the priority of block-I/O requests generated by the members of each group, a new rate limiter for the split-lock detection feature on the x86 architecture for sleeping processes that create a split lock, as well as a new PCI-over-virtio driver for supporting PCI drivers in user-mode..."

9to5linux, August 30th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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How To Improve Cloud Management
Cloud technology underpins emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), IoT, edge computing and containerization. Organizations must prioritize implementing effective cloud management practices to avoid spiraling costs and potential security and compliance violations
"The COVID-19 pandemic has vastly accelerated cloud adoption. To support remote work, many businesses have moved workloads from on-premises servers to the public cloud. At the same time, thanks to the proliferation of technologies like AI and machine learning, organizations are generating more data than ever, much of which is also being stored in the cloud. It's no surprise then, that the explosion in demand for cloud services is showing no sign of slowing down. Gartner predicts that worldwide end-user spending on public cloud services is forecast to grow by 23.1% in 2021 to total $332.3 billion..."
DevOps.com, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - IoT
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Why Can't IoT Get Out Of Its Own Way?
Most IoT projects don't make it past proof of concept, but some have proven successful. Explore three examples that showcase how IoT can improve processes and lives
Brian Gilmore writes in IoT Agenda, "It is a recurring theme across enterprises, whether startups or Fortune 100: IoT is more complicated than we'd hoped. From the early promises of the first IoT platforms to the utter confusion of the hundreds that followed in those footsteps, the IoT ecosystem is still a Wild West of vendors, slide decks and handwaving. And the customers suffer for it.

The failure rate for IoT projects is estimated to be anywhere from 50% to 75%. Including all of the one-offs and home lab proofs of concept makes that rate far higher. Like the cloud -- and just about every other massive technology trend before it -- IoT was a product before it was out of the cradle. Nobody wanted to miss the bus this time, and the market acted before it really stopped to think about the basics. So, what is IoT, and why would we use it?..."

IoT Agenda, September 2nd, 2021
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How Edge Computing Can Unlock The Potential Of IoT
The opportunities that lie in IoT
"Cloud technology has long been accepted as fundamental to the way the modern world operates," writes Tim Lovejoy in techradar.pro, "with even the most skeptical and reluctant sectors now embracing the value it offers. What comes next, as IoT devices proliferate in our work and home lives, is a move towards edge computing, which has particular advantages for the public sector.

IoT presents vast opportunities across the public sector. Autonomous transport, health monitoring devices, traffic and lighting applications, law enforcement are all possibilities as well as smart bin sensors to ensure rubbish never overflows..."

techradar.pro, September 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Developer
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Top Programming Languages: Why One Language Dominates When It Comes To New Technologies
One coding language stands out for the IEEE - but it's not without its weaknesses
"Python remains a clear leader among programming languages for engineers, beating out Java, and JavaScript in IEEE Spectrum's 2021 language rankings," reports Liam Tung in ZDNet.

"The publication IEEE Spectrum taps members from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other sources to come up with its annual programming language rankings.

Once again, IEEE Spectrum puts Python as the most popular programming language. It's seen massive growth because it's relatively easy to learn and has a healthy ecosystem of libraries to refine its use in data science and machine learning, such as Tensor Flow, NumPy and SciPy..."

ZDNet, September 1st, 2021
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