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RSS Big Data

  • Watch Tech Talk on May 17 for an in-depth GDPR discussion 05/09/2018
    The GDPR deadline is coming up fast, and most businesses in the U.S. aren’t ready yet. Join Ken Mingis and his panel of experts as they discuss the impact of the new rules and what U.S. organizations must do now to protect customer data. Find the show here on May 17.
  • How Munich Re built a data lake fit for all its employees 04/20/2018
    German reinsurance company Munich Re has built a self-serve portal for employees to access a data lake in the hope that they will unearth innovative new business models.Speaking at the Dataworks Summit in Berlin this week, Andreas Kohlmaier, head of data engineering at Munich Re said: "The game has changed in the last few years, it is […]
  • 21 hot programming trends—and 21 going cold 04/16/2018
    Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technology, rigor, science, math, and precision rule over fad.Hot: RentingNot: BuyingTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

RSS Business

  • Q&A: Dell EMC channel chief Joyce Mullen fuels drive to sell across lines of business 04/30/2018
    Joyce Mullen became president of Global Channel, OEM and IoT at Dell EMC in November, facing the task of figuring out ways to get the company's partners worldwide to sell across its lines of business and engage users with high-value converged infrastructure technology.When Dell acquired EMC and subsidiaries including VMware in 2016, it was clear […]
  • Why did Dropbox get valued at four times more than Box? 04/11/2018
    Ever since Dropbox entered the enterprise space with Dropbox for Business in 2013 it has gone head to head with its cloud storage rival Box, pitting the two 30-something founders Drew Houston and Aaron Levie, respectively, directly against one another, as well as against big players like Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive.Here we dig into the difference […]
  • The best laptops: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more 03/28/2018
    The best laptops today are basking in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13t, sports a quad-core […]

RSS BYOD

  • How the iPhone begat shadow IT and enterprise mobility 06/29/2017
    Ten years ago today, the first iPhone arrived, sporting an all-new user interface built on a multi-touch screen and a virtual keyboard that soon replaced all that had come before for mobile devices.Combined with internet access and, later, an online app store that offered enterprise applications, the iPhone allowed workers to treat their cell phone as […]
  • Mingis on Tech: The alphabet soup of mobile device management 06/07/2017
    You know how easy it's become to use your own smartphone or tablet to do company work? Remember how it wasn't always that easy -- or something even allowed by many companies in the early Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) days?You can thank mobile device management (MDM) software, which grew out of the BYOD trend and morphed into […]
  • 5 ways to keep virtual assistants from sharing your company's secrets 04/19/2017
    Virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Now have the potential to make enterprise workers more productive. But do “always listening” assistants pose a serious threat to security and privacy, too?Nineteen percent of organizations are already using intelligent digital assistants, such as Siri and Cortana, for work-related tasks, according to Spiceworks’ October 2016 […]

RSS Cloud Computing

  • Federal CIOs, racing to modernize IT, get a boost from the White House 05/20/2018
    Critics of the way government handles IT often question why federal agencies can't run more like the private sector.Some federal CIOs will tell them that they're making strides in that direction.At the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, for instance, an IT modernization effort has yielded exponential increases in the utilization efficiency of its machines. [ Stay on […]
  • 10 top-paying cloud skills 05/17/2018
    10 top-paying cloud skillsImage by Getty ImagesThough overall tech salaries leveled off in 2017, demand for specialized skills remains hot, with salaries for IT pros versed in cloud computing, process management, big data and others rising, according to the 2018 Dice Tech Salary Survey. In these areas, where skills are outpacing the national average, “salaries […]
  • De Beers and other jewelry industry giants create blockchains to verify gems 05/10/2018
    Leading jewelry companies that have struggled with proving the authenticity of their goods have launched an online distributed ledger based on blockchain to improve global provenance in the diamond and jewelry supply chain.De Beers announced it has succesfully tracked from mine to jeweler 100 "high-value" diamonds on its new blockchain-based electronic ledger called Tracr now being […]

RSS Data Center

  • Survey: Mainstream adoption of SDN, SD-WAN finally arrives 05/17/2018
    In 2018, for the first time cloud and software-defined data-center concerns have become the primary focus of enterprise network teams, bumping server virtualization from the top spot, according to an Enterprise management Associates (EMA) report based on a survey of 251 North American and European enterprise network managersThis is the first shift in their priorities […]
  • HPE snaps-up hyperconverged-network (HCN) vendor Plexxi 05/15/2018
    HPE today took a step toward bolstering its data-center technology with plans to acquire Plexxi and its hyperconverged networking fabric.HPE said it expects the deal to close in its third quarter, which ends July 31, 2018 but did not release other financial details. Plexxi was founded in 2010 and targeted the nascent software-defined networking (SDN) […]
  • GPUs: Designed for gaming now crucial to HPC and AI 05/15/2018
    It’s rare to see a processor find great success outside of the area it was intended for, but that’s exactly what has happened to the graphics processing unit (GPU). A chip originally intended to speed up gaming graphics and nothing more now powers everything from Adobe Premier and databases to high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial […]

RSS Enterprise Software

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RSS Hardware

  • Cisco CEO trumpets Catalyst 9K advances, software business success 05/17/2018
    Industry bellwether Cisco revealed some important financial numbers this week – its revenues were $12.5 billion, up 4 percent for the third quarter year-over-year, with product revenue up 5 percent.But one of the of the more interesting tidbits is that the company said it was adding some 40 Catalyst 9000 customers a day and has  […]
  • Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 puts Teams collaboration at its core 05/17/2018
    Microsoft has unveiled its updated Surface Hub digital whiteboard, improving collaboration capabilities with software and hardware features.The Surface Hub 2 - set to launch in 2019 - features a 4K, 50.5-in. multi-touch display and contains 4K cameras that rotate with the devices, integrated speakers and far-field microphones. The modular design allows for up to four […]
  • Hitting the road? Leave your laptop at home 05/11/2018
    Travel light(ly)Image by ThinkstockWouldn’t it be nice to work – while traveling z- without carrying so much stuff? I dream about darting through security in my socks, wheeling one spinner case right onto the plane with just a smartphone in my pocket. I also worry that I will I fail at my job when I […]

RSS IT Management

  • Why digital transformations are lagging 05/21/2018
    Ask CIOs how their digital transformations are faring and they'll proudly speak about successful cloud migrations, empowered workforces and analytics that get them closer to their customers. But new data suggests that Big Bang business transformations are lagging or even nonexistent.Fifty-six percent of 1,559 business and IT decision makers surveyed by Forrester Research say their […]
  • 5 misconceptions CIOs still have about agile 05/10/2018
    By now, CIOs should be aware of the many benefits of the agile methodology. But there's a few persistent misconceptions that could be getting in the way of even greater outcomes. We asked experts to discuss the most common misconceptions they see organizations falling prey to when it comes to agile practices. Here’s what IT […]
  • CIO Leadership Live with Jack Clare, CIO and chief strategy officer at Dunkin' Brands | Ep 9 05/10/2018
    In this episode of CIO Leadership Live, host Maryfran Johnson talks with Jack Clare, CIO and chief strategy officer at Dunkin' Brands, about the company's mobile payment, ordering and loyalty apps, and how it's striving to improve customers' drive-through experience.

RSS Mobile

  • Easy mobile security the Faraday way 05/19/2018
    Have you heard about those special bags, cases and wallets that protect your electronics from hack attacks?It’s a signal-blocking container, basically a tinfoil hat for your gadget.Tinfoil hats are associated with conspiracy theorists concerned about secret government mind-control programs. But when it comes to your wireless gadgets, they really are out to get you.For example: […]
  • Android apps: Best of the best 05/18/2018
    Trying to find the right app for any given area on Android is a lot like trying to order dinner at a restaurant with way too many options on the menu. How can you possibly find the right choice in such a crowded lineup? With the Google Play Store now boasting somewhere in the neighborhood […]
  • What is Telegram and is it secure? 05/18/2018
    Since its launch in 2013, Telegram has grown in popularity in the secure messaging category (its developers claim the app has over 200 million users), but with controversy. In addition to technical questions about how safe it truly is for users counting on it to keep their messaging activity private, the app has been in […]

RSS Networking

  • Review: Icinga enterprise-grade, open-source network monitoring that scales 05/18/2018
    Continuing our quest for robust, enterprise-grade open source network monitoring, we tested Icinga Core 2 (version 2.8.1) and the stand-alone Icinga Web 2 interface. Created in 2009 as a fork of the Nagios network monitoring tool, Icinga has come a long way.We found Icinga to be a powerful monitoring tool with many great features. The […]
  • Cisco CEO trumpets Catalyst 9K advances, software business success 05/17/2018
    Industry bellwether Cisco revealed some important financial numbers this week – its revenues were $12.5 billion, up 4 percent for the third quarter year-over-year, with product revenue up 5 percent.But one of the of the more interesting tidbits is that the company said it was adding some 40 Catalyst 9000 customers a day and has  […]
  • 10 competitors Cisco just can't kill off 05/11/2018
    10 competitors Cisco just can't kill offImage by IDG / jesadaphorn, Getty ImagesCreating a short list of key Cisco competitors is no easy task as the company now competes in multiple markets.  In this case we tried to pick companies that have been around awhile or firms that have developed key technologies that directly impacted […]

RSS Operating Systems

  • What’s new in Windows 10 security features: The privacy edition 05/14/2018
    With the new era of Windows as a service, Microsoft is rolling out changes to the operating system twice a year. Many of those changes will allow you to improve your security posture and offer more security choices. You no longer have to wait for a new operating system to deploy new security features. [ […]
  • Confused about mobile platforms? You’re not alone. Here’s clarity. 04/21/2018
    What in the heck is going on?The world of mobile and IoT operating systems used to be pretty stable and comprehensible. Suddenly, however, surprising events and weird changes have left everyone scratching their heads.Here are the questions I’m hearing about these operating systems — and the answers.[ Further reading: How AR and VR will change […]
  • Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security 02/06/2018
    Enterprises invest a lot of time, effort and money in keeping their systems secure. The most security-conscious might have a security operations center. They of course use firewalls and antivirus tools. They probably spend a lot of time monitoring their networks, looking for telltale anomalies that could indicate a breach. What with IDS, SIEM and […]

RSS Security

  • Google details how it will overturn encryption signals in Chrome 05/21/2018
    Google has further fleshed out plans to upend the historical approach browsers have taken to warn users of insecure websites, spelling out more gradual steps the company will take with Chrome this year.Starting in September, Google will stop marking plain-vanilla HTTP sites - those not secured with a digital certificate, and which don't encrypt traffic […]
  • Easy mobile security the Faraday way 05/19/2018
    Have you heard about those special bags, cases and wallets that protect your electronics from hack attacks?It’s a signal-blocking container, basically a tinfoil hat for your gadget.Tinfoil hats are associated with conspiracy theorists concerned about secret government mind-control programs. But when it comes to your wireless gadgets, they really are out to get you.For example: […]
  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades 05/18/2018
    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information […]

RSS Small Business

  • How to produce a must-see small business video 05/03/2017
    When recently surveyed by Animoto, an online video company, more than half of small and midsized business owners (55 percent) responded that video marketing was a “must-have” to stay relevant. An even larger number responded that video marketing had a direct impact on their business.[ Related: 6 ways video can boost your business ]And while […]
  • FCC's deregulation of business data lines could mean a price hike 04/14/2017
    If you operate a small or medium-size U.S. business, you can expect to pay more for broadband services in the near future because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to deregulate providers of business data lines, critics of the proposal say.Users of ATMs, shoppers in stores that use credit card scanners, and mobile phone customers […]
  • 8 great small business productivity and collaboration apps 04/11/2017
    Small business owners, whether working in a busy office, on the road or from home, can easily get distracted – and overwhelmed. From email (and text) messages bombarding their inboxes and smart phones, to having to stop what they are doing to attend meetings or put out fires, to the temptation to check social media, […]

RSS Storage

  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades 05/18/2018
    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information […]
  • HPE snaps-up hyperconverged-network (HCN) vendor Plexxi 05/15/2018
    HPE today took a step toward bolstering its data-center technology with plans to acquire Plexxi and its hyperconverged networking fabric.HPE said it expects the deal to close in its third quarter, which ends July 31, 2018 but did not release other financial details. Plexxi was founded in 2010 and targeted the nascent software-defined networking (SDN) […]
  • CleanMyMac 3 review: Make more room on your crowded hard drive 05/10/2018
    CleanMyMac 3 is  MacPaw’s catch-all utility to scan your Mac and remove gigabytes of assorted cruft and gunk that builds up over time.Like its previous versions, CleanMyMac 3 works to identify and remove generally unused, developer-oriented, extraneous, and backup files associated with your most commonly used applications in order to free up disk space. CleanMyMac […]

RSS Unified Communications

  • 10 competitors Cisco just can't kill off 05/11/2018
    10 competitors Cisco just can't kill offImage by IDG / jesadaphorn, Getty ImagesCreating a short list of key Cisco competitors is no easy task as the company now competes in multiple markets.  In this case we tried to pick companies that have been around awhile or firms that have developed key technologies that directly impacted […]
  • 8 lesser-known videoconferencing options for work 02/02/2018
    8 lesser-known videoconferencing options for workImage by Peter Sayer/IDGServices like Microsoft’s Skype for Business or Google Hangouts mean you no longer need to turn to a specialist conferencing provider to collaborate with distant colleagues “face to face.”To read this article in full, please click here
  • Amazon's Echo Show could disrupt enterprise-class unified communications 05/11/2017
    Amazon is on the verge of disrupting the enterprise videoconferencing and unified communications markets dominated by Cisco and Avaya with its new Amazon Echo Show device.Echo Show, announced Tuesday, is being marketed initially to consumers for $230 and will ship on June 28. It works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, and features a 7-in. touchscreen […]

RSS Virtualization

  • Survey: Mainstream adoption of SDN, SD-WAN finally arrives 05/17/2018
    In 2018, for the first time cloud and software-defined data-center concerns have become the primary focus of enterprise network teams, bumping server virtualization from the top spot, according to an Enterprise management Associates (EMA) report based on a survey of 251 North American and European enterprise network managersThis is the first shift in their priorities […]
  • Hyperconvergence breathes new life into desktop virtualization 04/26/2018
    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one of those tantalizing technologies that looks great on paper, but hasn’t gained much traction over the years for a variety of financial, technical, cultural, even philosophical reasons.However, a relatively new framework called hyperconvergence, which combines compute, storage and networking in a single data center appliance, could breathe new life […]
  • What is the Open Compute Project? 03/28/2018
    The Open Compute Project began in 2011 when Facebook published the designs of some homebrew servers it had built to make its data centers run more efficiently.Facebook hoped that other companies would adopt and adapt its initial designs, pushing down costs and improving quality – and they have: Sales of hardware built to Open Compute Project […]

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