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Lenovo News
Barcelona Is Creating 'The City Of The Future' With Lenovo Edge Computing Technology
Archeological evidence dates the area's earliest settlements back to 5,000 BCE. From Roman, Moorish, and Carolingian ruins to the medieval architecture of the Gothic Quarter, to La Sagrada Familia, a walk through the city of Barcelona is a walk across the ages.
With a history this rich, Barcelona's leaders and city workers are consistently faced with the arduous and ceaseless task of infrastructure upkeep. Now, as the city looks forward, tech leaders in Barcelona are working to create a new technological infrastructure, to turn Barcelona into a city of the future as well as the past. They are accomplishing this with the help of Lenovo tech and the latest in 'Edge Computing' technology.
Lenovo News, March 21st, 2023
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Introducing Brand New Lenovo LOQ Gaming Laptops And Tower PC For New Gamers
Lenovo LOQ sub-brand caters to new gamers' first foray into gaming with powerful future-proof PCs that share DNA with the Lenovo Legion
Gaming doesn't have to be enjoyed only on a high-end gaming PC. Announced today, Lenovo LOQ-pronounced 'lock'- lets new gamers set out on the first steps of their gaming journeys, allowing them to explore new virtual worlds and connect with new real-world communities with gaming devices that are packed with features without breaking the bank. Offering plenty of choice, the brand-new lineup of Lenovo LOQ gaming laptops include the Intel-based Lenovo LOQ 16IRH8 and Lenovo LOQ 15IRH8 laptops as well as the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8 desktop PC, and the AMD-based Lenovo LOQ 16APH8 and Lenovo LOQ 15APH8 laptops.
Lenovo News, March 23rd, 2023
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Lenovo Focuses On Digital Inclusion With Launch Of Bilingual Keyboard
Latest evolution of keyboard champions indigenous Māori culture by enabling Aotearoa New Zealanders to communicate bilingually.
Lenovo in collaboration with AMD announces the launch of a keyboard available on select devices featuring an Aotearoa New Zealand bilingual keyboard, designed to seamlessly write in the indigenous language, te reo M&#257;ori. The breakthrough approach device aims to enable Lenovo's customers to communicate in their preferred language.

The idea for the keyboard is the result of Lenovo New Zealand Country Manager, Libby Macgregor's 8- year-old son Felix, beginning to learn te reo M&#257;ori in school and questioned why there wasn't hardware available to support his learning. New Zealanders aged 15-34 are the most likely age group to speak more than a few words or phrases in te reo M&#257;ori, demonstrating the importance of learning when younger.

Lenovo News, March 21st, 2023
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Lenovo Legion's Newest Slim Series Laptops Combine Power And Agility For Gamers Who Create, And Creators Who Game
The new 8th gen Lenovo Legion Slim series combine performance and portability, letting gamers choose the configuration that best fits their own
Lenovo announced the latest 8th generation of Lenovo Legion Slim laptops, allowing gamers to harness the freedom that the newest series has to offer. The Lenovo Legion Slim series is all about empowering players to crush their gaming goals while also pursuing their creative passions, and there are more options than ever among the new Lenovo Legion Slim 7i and 7 (16', 8), Lenovo Legion Slim 5i and 5 (16', 8), and-an all-new size for this year-the Lenovo Legion Slim 5 (14', 8), which elevates laptop power and portability to a whole new level. This newest generation of the series is also the first to sport the Lenovo Artificial Intelligence (LA) family of chips. These are onboard physical AI chips that power Lenovo AI Engine+, which dynamically adjusts the Lenovo Legion ColdFront 5.0 thermals to optimize cooling on the fly and maintain maximum output with minimal noise.
Lenovo News, March 23rd, 2023
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What Does Your Data Strategy Have To Do With Your ESG Goals?
You wouldn't be alone in assuming that the data strategy of a company and its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals are worlds apart when it comes to business priorities
And you wouldn't be the first to wonder how the two could possibly be connected. After all, a strategy for data is an IT responsibility, where as ESG is something driven by the sustainability officer, right?


The latest research from Lenovo has found that if you are deemed a Data Leader, and successfully harness the value from your data, then you are likely to be profiting more than those that don't. But the data also tells us that beyond your bottom line you are also considered better placed and more likely to be taking action against humanitarian issues like the energy crisis or global warming.

Lenovo News, March 23rd, 2023
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IT News - CxO
Custom Development vs. COTS: Which Is Better For Business Growth?
Whether to purchase commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software or build a custom solution is one of the most common dilemmas organizations - and specifically IT leaders - face. COTS had its moment in the spotlight when custom development was more costly and businesses often did not have the expertise in-house to develop their own software solutions.
Why spend time having your best people architect a solution that already exists - and has been proven in the market - when a vendor has solved the same problem hundreds of times? Or so went the prevailing view.

But the growing pressure for differentiated customer experiences and highly efficient business operations has led many companies to prefer custom solutions that can fully adapt to their modern organization - and help them stand out from the competition.

CIODIVE, March 13th, 2023
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4 Tips To Cut Cloud Costs: IaaS, SaaS, And UcaaS
From Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Software as a Service (SaaS) and Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), here are four leading strategies for cutting cloud costs.
One of the key advantages of the cloud is cost savings, and yet cloud costs are on the rise and overspending by as much as 70% is commonplace, according to Gartner. Much like gyms make their money off members who never actually use the equipment, cloud providers profit from those who underutilize their resources. That's a problem for financial leaders and IT leaders trying to govern digital transformation costs and tighten their budgets in response to economic pressures. With cloud spending doubling every four to five years, it pays to cut cloud costs.

But how do you get a handle on your corporate cloud spending?

CIO, March 14th, 2023
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How Hybrid Work Is Impacting Tech: Top Trends Every CIO Should Know
Organizations are striving to perfect their remote and hybrid work models in a changing economy, and IT leaders must adapt to an evolving reality. As finance and procurement departments examine every expenditure, it's critical for CIOs to understand the potential impact on enterprise technology in the hybrid workplace.
To shed light on the latest trends in hybrid work, Unisys commissioned a research study in partnership with HFS Research. The study, called From Surviving to Thriving in Hybrid Work, surveyed more than 2,000 employers and employees in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Australia to identify the most significant drivers of workforce motivation and productivity, as well as C-Suite priorities for investment in workplace technologies.

By examining the perspectives of C-Suite executives and employees, this study provides valuable insights for IT leaders navigating the hybrid work landscape. Here's a snapshot of what we found.

CIODIVE, March 13th, 2023
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Top 10 IT Observations For Business Leaders In 2023
There's no two ways about it - 2022 will go down as one of the most tumultuous years in recent times.
Technology has not remained immune from that disruption, with significant challenges faced ranging from privacy and accountability concerns to growing sustainability and regulatory mandates. But the opportunity technology presents remains positive despite a lack of certainty and reliability. Cloud and digital communications continue to show unfaltering growth, and pressure to innovate using finite financial resources is increasing the drive for more effective governance.

With that in mind, I've pulled together a list of the top ten areas I think IT leaders are likely to be drawn to - and that businesses need to prioritise - in 2023:...

Technative, March 13th, 2023
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6 Signs It's Time To Restructure Your IT Organization
An outdated, underperforming IT function that's mismatched with business goals needs to be overhauled before it's too late. Here's how to know when to shake things up.
Nothing lasts forever in IT, and that includes your organizational structure.

Deciding on whether to scrap or keep existing infrastructure of any stripe isn't easy. A complete rebuild can be disruptive, time-consuming, and risky. And if the initiative misses its goal, or runs over budget, the CIO's job may be at stake.

Yet, as any IT leader knows, when technical infrastructure fails to meet enterprise needs, hampering productivity and innovation, it's often time to rebuild from scratch. The same can be said for how IT operations, workflows, and teams are structured. Knowing when it's time for a wholesale reorg requires even more from an IT leader than knowing when the bits and bytes have worn out their shelf life.

CIO, March 15th, 2023
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Critical Thinking: The Overlooked IT Management Skill
Have you given much thought to critical thinking? It's a talent that can make you a stronger, more effective leader.
Critical thinking is the ability to effectively analyze information and form a judgment. While IT leaders can certainly benefit from critical thinking, many are unaware of this skill or how to properly use it.

Critical thinking is imperative for IT leaders, says Skip Benamati, a professor of information systems and analytics at Miami University. 'IT tends to be at the heart of both innovation and creative problem solving in organizations,' he notes. 'This often finds the organization looking to IT to think through issues and opportunities that are unique and less familiar or addressing issues and opportunities that have not been addressed before.'

InformationWeek, March 15th, 2023
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4 Data Challenges For CIOs
Tapping the business value of data while keeping it secure is a complex balancing act. Check out this advice on how to tackle four top priorities
In 2023, CIOs are at a crossroads with what some may consider a company's most valuable asset - its data.

On the one hand, data is extremely useful for decision-making, targeted marketing, and optimizing business performance. But on the other hand, data can be a source of risk. Data breaches can be devastating, improper data storage is a huge liability, and new regulations punish those who botch data privacy and compliance.

As overwhelming as data management may seem against this backdrop, it's possible to keep data safe while fully calling on its benefits.

Here are four key challenges CIOs face in 2023 and ways to resolve them.

The Enterprisers Project, March 14th, 2023
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IT News - Storage
Most Failed Disk Drives Fail Just Before They Hit 3 Years' Use, Says Data Recovery Biz
Secure Data Recovery found that average failed hard drive spun for 25,233 hours before failing. That's 1,051 days, or two years and ten months.
Failed drive data recovery biz Secure Data Recovery has produced a report giving its experience of hard disk drive life expectancy from 2,007 damaged and defective drives it has received for data recovery purposes.

Author and content writer Timothy Burlee writes that it calculated the power-on hours number, 'calculated from when the user first started the device to its arrival at our facilities.' It also 'computed the current pending sector count for failed devices. The current pending sector count refers to the number of damaged or unusable sectors the hard drive developed during routine read-and-write operations.' It excluded drives that failed from non-predictable events such as electrical surges, malware, natural disasters, or accidental mishandling.

Blocks & Files, March 16th, 2023
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Blockchain Technology Demystified
Prepare for blockchain technology to play a significant role in business, society, and almost everything. While 45% of CIOs said their organizations had yet to invest in blockchain between 2016 to 2021, that will change as information exchange becomes decentralized and demonstrated use cases show blockchain's success.
Blockchain spans various industries, from real estate, insurance, health care, and education to data management. Even localities like Utah and South Korea plan on exploring blockchain technology for voting. Known for its cybersecurity benefits and cryptocurrency, blockchain promises operational efficiency and time-saving.

Anyone who has moved across the country (or to another country) understands inefficiency and slowness. For example, moving from the east to the west coast of the United States requires setting up a forwarding address, opening bank accounts, setting up electricity, finding a new doctor, acquiring a driver's license from your new state, and much more.

Dataversity, March 16th, 2023
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Gartner: So long HCI MQs, Hello Full-stack HCI Software
Gartner has kissed the HCI appliance market goodbye. Its analysts have taken a fresh look at the HyperConverged Infrastructure (HCI) market, and moved away from an appliance approach, looking instead at full stack software suppliers of server, storage and network infrastructure management.
The folk at Gartner have produced a Market Guide for Full Stack HyperConverged Infrastructure Software which looks at three well-known suppliers: Microsoft (Azure Stack HCI), Nutanix and VMware (VMware Cloud Foundation); and three less prominent suppliers: ArcherOS, Sangfor Technologies, and SmartX. They say this is not an exhaustive list. We note that HCI systems from Cisco (HyperFlex), HPE (Alletra 5000 and SimpliVity), Quantum (Pivot3) and Scale Computing (HyperCore) are not included. Neither are the VxRail and PowerFlex systems from Dell.
Blocks & Files, March 17th, 2023
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Can AI Solve It's Eternal Data Problem?
New data management and integration solutions featuring AI and machine learning signal that help is on the way to meet the ballooning enterprise data challenge.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning already deliver plenty of practical value to enterprises, from fraud detection to chatbots to predictive analytics. But the audacious creative writing skills of ChatGPT have raised expectations for AI/ML to new heights. IT leaders can't help but wonder: Could AI/ML finally be ready to go beyond point solutions and address core enterprise problems?

Take the biggest, oldest, most confounding IT problem of all: Managing and integrating data across the enterprise. Today, that endeavor cries out for help from AI/ML technologies, as the volume, variety, variability, and distribution of data across on-prem and cloud platforms climb an endless exponential curve. As Stewart Bond, IDC's VP of data integration and intelligence software, puts it: 'You need machines to be able to help you to manage that.'

InfoWorld, March 13th, 2023
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QLC Edges Into Mainstream, But What Are Its Advantages?
QLC flash offers high density but has lifecycle limitations. But what does it really cost compared with TLC and MLC, and how are suppliers implementing it and getting around durability issues?
With the recent launches and enhancements to product lines from NetApp and Pure Storage, QLC flash storage has pushed itself further into the spotlight.

QLC is quad-level cell flash storage, and allows for much higher capacity and density in solid-state drives (SSDs).

In this article, we'll define QLC flash, look at what what's driving its adoption, and examine the use cases it is good for.

ComputerWeekly, March 16th, 2023
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IT News - AI
Google Announces New Generative AI Lineup In Advance Of Microsoft's Rumored GPT-4 Debut
Google announced a laundry list of new generative AI capabilities and features for developers, through a PaLM API and in Google Cloud, as well as new integrations for users of Google Workspace, including in Gmail and Google Docs.
The announcements come just a month after Google unveiled its search chatbot Bard and less than a week after Bloomberg reported that a new internal Google directive 'requires generative AI to be incorporated into all of its biggest products within months.'

The news also appears in advance of Microsoft's highly-anticipated virtual 'Future of Work with AI' event this Thursday. Thanks to comments last week by Microsoft Germany CTO Andreas Braun, that event is rumored to include the release a multimodal GPT-4, as well as a ChatGPT upgrade for Microsoft 365 applications such as Word and Outlook.

VentureBeat, March 14th, 2023
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What Is GPT-4? Here's Everything You Need To Know
OpenAI unveiled its latest and most capable language model, and here's what we know.
GPT-4 is the newest version of OpenAI's language model systems. Its previous version, GPT 3.5, powered the company's wildly popular ChatGPT chatbot when it launched in November of 2022.

Also: GPT-4 unveiled: ChatGPT's next big upgrade is here

GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT), a type of language model that uses deep learning to generate human-like, conversational text.

ZDNet, March 15th, 2023
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The Future Of AI Is Here. Now Let's Make IT Ethical
SnapLogic CMO and host of Automating the Enterprise Dayle Hall recently sat down with data and analytics leader Dr Alex Antic, CDO and Co-Founder of Healices Health and Co-Founder of Two Twigs Analytics, to uncover how to unlock the value of data and AI and the importance of ethical AI when driving digital transformation.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast becoming a mainstay in our business operations. In fact, according to IDC, over the next three years, governments and businesses around the world will invest more than AU$723 billion in AI. Meanwhile, AI technology is projected to be integrated into 90% of the most cutting-edge enterprise applications by 2025.

Already, it's beginning to transform everyday life. Just look at ChatGPT, the chatbot developed by OpenAI. It's currently taking the world by storm, putting the power of AI into everyone's hands. While it's undoubtedly an exciting time to be alive with all these technological advancements, it's vital to keep a pulse on the human component of technology, ensuring everyone benefits.

AiTHORITY, March 15th, 2023
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How The Quest For AI At Scale Is Gaining Momentum In The Enterprise
Enterprise companies have experimented with artificial intelligence (AI) for years - a pilot here, a use case there. But company leaders have long dreamed of going bigger, better and faster when it comes to AI. That is, applying AI at scale.
The goals of this quest may vary. Maybe the hope is to boost customer engagement, improve operational efficiencies and unify AI and data workloads. Perhaps the goal is higher growth, more revenue streams and real-time insights.

But the quest for AI Nirvana has never been just about AI. It's about going beyond harnessing it in specific applications to implementing it at scale, generating value across the organization.

VentureBeat, March 15th, 2023
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For Wells Fargo, Solving For AI At Scale Is An Iterative Process
Wells Fargo, the 170-year-old multinational financial services giant, knows what it needs to do to scale AI across the organization. But that, according to Chintan Mehta, EVP and group CIO, is really just the beginning of the journey.
Implementing AI at scale is about artificial intelligence becoming a core component of any go-to-market product, he explained.

'It means there is no notion of a bolt-on AI,' he said, 'which by definition is not a behavior of AI at scale because in that context AI is not fundamental to the proposition you are building.'

Wells Fargo is not quite there yet, he emphasized. But Mehta believes that the company is at a point where it knows what it needs to do.

VentureBeat, March 14th, 2023
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Aflac Takes On Claims Challenges To Scale AI Efforts
For Aflac, which provides supplemental insurance to more than 50 million people worldwide (and is well-known for its duck mascot), delivering AI at scale across the organization has become a top priority since the pandemic.
Aflac has been forced to accelerate its digital transformation, including artificial intelligence (AI), as the pandemic severely challenged the company's traditional in-person, independent agent/franchise business. The trick, however, has been choosing the best AI use cases among competing priorities, says Shelia Anderson, who joined Aflac as CIO last July.

'We're thinking about the business challenge and outcomes we're looking for,' she told VentureBeat.

VentureBeat, March 14th, 2023
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IT News - Technology
5G Is Fast But 6G Is 100X Faster And Connections Are Instantaneous - This Is How 6G Can Change Your World
As the high-speed capabilities of 5G networks continue to roll out, an even more impressive technology is on the horizon.
The upcoming 6G wireless communication system promises to be a hundred times faster than its predecessor and will offer near-instantaneous connections, completely changing the way we live, work, and interact with our environment.

However, some experts believe it's still too early to discuss 6G in detail.

'We have not completed the deployment of 5G yet,' Ha Min Yong, chief development officer of SK Telecom, told CNBC last week. 'I don't think it's mature enough to talk about 6G seriously . it's already a bit too early.'

Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2023
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IT News - ERP
Best ERP Systems
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are complete, integrated systems that manage all aspects of a production-based or distribution business, aligning financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and manufacturing or distribution with the core function of accounting.
ERP systems are used to provide transparency into the entire business process by tracking all aspects of production or distribution, financials, and back office. These expansive systems act as a central hub for end-to-end workflow and data. A variety of departments can view the information recorded by ERP systems to ensure the correct procedures are taking place.

ERPs are used by manufacturing and distribution companies. Instead of using standalone products (which may not properly integrate) in each separate department, ERP systems provide cohesiveness from the beginning to end of all business processes. This assists in the expansion and growth of a company. While ERPs cover a wide range of functionality within themselves, they may integrate with CRM software and PSA software products. Users may also choose to integrate standalone products to form a unique ERP system. Others might solely select specific modules from an ERP system that are sold uniquely to best match business needs, instead of purchasing the entire suite. Some project-centric companies may run similar project-based ERP systems that do not focus on product manufacturing but still offer an end-to-end business solution.

G2, March 13th, 2023
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How ERP Modernizations Fare Amid Cost Cutting
Some companies are pausing or delaying implementations. But projects moving ahead face sharper scrutiny than before.
With inflation now a persistent problem, most companies are looking to trim budgets where they can. For some, this includes money allocated for ERP modernizations.

Technology providers are still forecasting growth this year, according to recent Forrester data, signaling that companies still plan to invest more than last year.

Spending growth, however, is decelerating, with Forrester estimating the rate will slow from 7.4% in 2022 to 5.4% this year due to impacts from interest rate hikes, low GDP growth, high inflation and energy costs.

CIODIVE, March 17th, 2023
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IT News - Operations
What Is IT Operations?
IT operations is the process and management of IT services. This guide provides an overview of what IT operations encompasses, as well as specific titles and responsibilities for the various roles that make up an ITOps team.
IT operations (ITOps) is the process of managing, maintaining, and providing support for the IT infrastructure of an organization.

Having access to skilled IT operations personnel, along with the tools and platforms they need to do their jobs, is critical for business success.

Core ITOps responsibilities include maintaining operational infrastructure, coordinating and monitoring IT services, investigating and resolving IT issues, planning and managing IT investments, and assessing and reporting on IT performance.

ITProToday, March 14th, 2023
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Social And Collaboration Software Spending To Reach $24.7 Billion By 2027
We've just released our latest forecast for end-user spending on social and collaboration software. We forecast that End-user spending on social and collaboration software in 2023 will be $14.5 billion, growing to $24.7 billion by 2027.
For this iteration, we combined Workstream collaboration with collaborative work management, employee communication applications, and general social/intranet products. These products share similar buyers and dynamics, making it logical to present them together. However, we do showcase separate growth rates for each sub-market and their trends.

The forecast is interesting this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic's upheavals, which accelerated remote collaboration in many ways. While some of the sub-markets reverted to their prior trajectory, collaborative work management is best positioned to sustain its new path.

Gartner, March 17th, 2023
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IT Operations Vs. DevOps: What's The Difference?
What's the difference between IT operations and DevOps? This guide will help you understand these two comprehensive approaches to technology management.
IT operations and DevOps serve closely related needs at many modern businesses. Yet, although there are many similarities between the two roles, there are also important differences, and it would be a mistake to conflate IT operations with DevOps.

This article breaks down the similarities and differences between IT Ops and DevOps by explaining what each type of role does; how they compare in terms of processes, tools, and culture; and how to decide whether your business needs IT operations, DevOps, or both.

ITProToday, March 16th, 2023
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Top Reasons To Invest In An IT Asset Management System
In today's fast-paced and constantly evolving post-pandemic world, organizations continue to recognize the importance of effectively managing their physical and software assets. Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) tools have allowed organizations to track and trace their asset portfolio, monitor inventory levels and ensure that assets are used effectively and efficiently. These results have shown cost savings through reduced downtime and more efficient utilization of resources.
However, beyond traditional EAM systems, many organizations, from manufacturing and business to school systems, are implementing IT Asset Management (ITAM) systems and reporting impressive results in their operations. ITAM ensures an organization's assets are accounted for, deployed, maintained, upgraded, and disposed of when the time comes. Simply put, it's about ensuring that an organization's valuable items, tangible and intangible, are tracked and used.

For example, located north of Minneapolis, the St. Francis school district encompasses over 700 employees and 4000 students from kindergarten to senior high. Situated away from the city center, the district is spread across eight buildings that unite the surrounding suburban communities and takes pride in being the heart of community life. Its relentless focus is streamlining operations and leveraging technology for an excellent learning experience.

Solutions Review, March 16th, 2023
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7 Open Source Tools That Benefit IT Operations Teams
Open source tools are often more flexible and cheaper than commercial alternatives. These seven can assist ITOps teams with their work.
Most IT operations teams can't rely solely on open source tools to manage the provisioning, monitoring, administration, and other tasks at the core of their workflow.

But in many cases, open source tools can address the bulk of IT operations work. And given that open source tools are generally lower in cost and more flexible than proprietary alternatives, they're an important resource for ITOps teams to leverage.

ITProToday, March 17th, 2023
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IT News - Security
5 Lessons Learned From Hundreds Of Penetration Tests
Developers must balance creativity with security frameworks to keep applications safe. Correlating business logic with security logic will pay in safety dividends.
Web applications are the top vectors attackers use to pull off breaches. According to Verizon's "Data Breach Investigations Report" (PDF), Web applications were the way in for roughly 70% of all breaches studied.

After conducting more than 300 Web application penetration tests, I see why. Developers keep making the same security missteps that create vulnerabilities. They often don't use secure frameworks and try to write security code and authentication processes themselves.

DARKReading, March 13th, 2023
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Top 5 Security Trends For CIOs
This article highlights modern security trends for CIOs that weren't on anybody's radar as little as five years ago.
The post-pandemic reality. Macroeconomic turbulence. Explosive technology innovations. Generational shifts in technological expectations. All these forces and more drive rapid, often confusing change in organizations large and small.

With every such change comes opportunity-for bad actors looking to game the system. Cybersecurity cannot stand still, or the waves of innovation will overrun the shores.

CIO, March 15th, 2023
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What To Expect During A SOX Compliance Audit
In 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) created the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) due to major corporate scandals at the time involving companies such as Enron and WorldCom (neither of which exist any longer as a result of said scandals).
Passed by Congress with hopes of deterring corporate fraud, improving financial disclosures, and protecting both investors and whistleblowers, SOX holds CEOs personally responsible for any errors made in accounting audits.

Now in its twenty-first year, many organizations believe the compliance work has improved their internal control financial reporting (ICFR), though the cost of being SOX compliant continues to rise.

For those who will need to go through a SOX compliance audit, here is an idea of what can be expected to take place.

CIMCOR, March 14th, 2023
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DirectDefense Reports The Top Threats From 2022 And What's Trending For 2023
Research found that phishing threats were low in 2022, while foreign login activity and application process analysis accounted for nearly 50% of incident alerts.
DirectDefense, Inc., an information security services company, today released its "Security Operations Threat Report" which identifies the top threats in 2022 and what's already trending for 2023. Using its proprietary ThreatAdvisor software, DirectDefense evaluated the managed services activities logged for its clients last year.

Of the hundreds of thousands of alerts managed, DirectDefense investigated 100% of them and acted on or dismissed 77% so that only 23% needed client collaboration to close the event, saving over 1.1 million hours in alert investigation time for clients while providing 7x24x365 monitoring.

DARK Reading, March 15th, 2023
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Data Breaches In February 2023 - Infographic
A data breach is when sensitive, protected, or confidential information is accessed, stolen, or exposed by an unauthorized individual or group. These incidents can occur in various ways, such as hacking, theft, or human error.
Data breaches can have serious consequences for individuals, businesses, and organizations. The compromised data may include personal information such as names, addresses, social security numbers, credit card details, or login credentials. Such information can be used for identity theft, financial fraud, or other malicious activities. Here is the monthly edition of famous data breaches in February 2023.

In addition to the financial and legal consequences, data breaches can also damage the reputation of the affected organization, leading to a loss of trust among customers and stakeholders. As a result, many organizations invest significant resources in securing their data and preventing breaches from occurring.

WeSecureAppl, March 16th, 2023
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The Ethics Of Network And Security Monitoring
The chances of getting hacked are no longer low. Companies need to rethink their data collection and monitoring strategies to protect employee privacy and corporate integrity.
Organizations monitor their computer networks for a host of reasons - from gaining insight into availability, performance, and failures, to identifying potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exploits. In the process, they often collect more data than actually needed on employees, customers, prospects, vendors, and more. The prevailing attitude is that because the data exists, is easy to capture, and relatively cheap to store, why not collect it? But given the expansive capabilities of today's technology, combined with how integrated it is in every aspect of our lives, there's a danger of either purposefully or inadvertently collecting unnecessary and private data.
DARKReading, March 17th, 2023
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What Is CSAF (Common Security Advisory Framework)?
The world of security advisories is disjointed, with disparate systems holding critical documentation in various formats. To make matters more challenging, despite living in a digital-first era, most of these documents are not legible for machines and must be parsed, reviewed, or referenced by humans.
As system administrators contend with a rapidly changing threat landscape and the need to remain agile in the face of innovative cyber criminals, manually reading advisories, reviewing listed products and versions, and evaluating risk and potential actions is burdensome, at best.

In the world of cybersecurity, time itself can be a risk. Administrators and security professionals need to be able to initiate vulnerability remediation swiftly. They also need to be able to rely on software and hardware vendors to disclose security vulnerabilities in a timely and accessible way.

Fortra, March 15th, 2023
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IT News - Database
How Database DevOps Fuels Digital Transformation
In today's real-time, hyperconnected reality, data is a core driver behind most digital strategies. User data is constantly gathered and shared across various technology backends and platforms-as is system performance data to inform engineers.
Data is pivotal for everything, from generating machine learning models, refining user experiences and even supporting new data-centric services. But although data is a clear backbone to many enterprises, there is no clear winner regarding which database to use.

Large organizations often find themselves supporting different database styles, from relational databases to NoSQL and distributed SQL. And as organizations continue to adopt multiple databases, safely managing the processing and storage of data becomes more challenging to enact at scale., March 17th, 2023
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IT News - Linux
Arch Linux vs Other Linux Distros: Which Is Right For You?
If you plan to use Arch Linux as a daily driver, you should consider several benefits of Arch vs other distros. Here's a quick comparison.
If you think about switching to Linux, you will come across hundreds of Linux distributions or 'distros'. Each Linux distribution has its unique features, strengths, and weaknesses.

They offer users a choice of unique features, tools, and interfaces to cater to different needs. The choice of the right Linux distribution can be overwhelming if you want to compare it with Arch Linux.

In this article, I will focus on Arch Linux, one of the most popular Linux distributions and compare it with other popular Linux distributions., March 16th, 2023
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Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu: The Better Choice In 2023
Choosing the right distro is not easy. And when you have to choose between two strong contenders: Linux Mint and Ubuntu, it becomes challenging. After all, both are great picks for anyone just starting with Linux.
However, if you're here, you're unsure which one to pick.

In this guide, we'll explore Linux Mint vs. Ubuntu. We'll look at different aspects to ensure an impartial comparison, including ease of use, flexibility, security, reliability, and support.

Let's get started.

Geekflare, March 13th, 2023
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IT News - Cloud
Cloud Cost Management Takes Center Stage
IT shops appear ready to focus on cloud costs amid inflation and economic uncertainty. Service providers expect clients to invest more in FinOps and optimization tools this year.
Cloud cost management, an as-a-service adoption problem that has simmered for years, is commanding greater attention in 2023 amid rising cloud prices and economic uncertainty.

Industry reports indicate IT organizations have elevated the task of keeping cloud expenses in check. Technology managers have consistently cited reining in cloud expenses as an issue since at least 2016. While the apparent lack of progress suggests a failure to address the problem, fiscal necessity could inspire action this year. Service providers offering cloud optimization and associated tools could see an influx of business in the coming months.

IT Channel, March 13th, 2023
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The Competition Between On-Prem And Cloud Is Over - Hybrid Wins
Many organizations, when faced with the question of how to manage their workloads, ask themselves: on-premises or cloud, pitting the two against each other. But the reality is that most enterprises are operating in the world of 'and,' meaning they have workloads on-prem and in the cloud - and that little three-letter word makes a world of difference.
According to the State of Multi-Cloud Management survey report, 98% of respondents have workloads running in the public cloud. Of course, while nearly all organizations have workloads in the public cloud, it doesn't follow that all of their workloads are in the cloud. In fact, only 13% said that more than three-quarters of their workloads are running in public clouds. The majority - 78% - have between 26% and 75% of their workloads in public clouds. This means that the remaining workloads must be in non-public-cloud environments. In other words, most organizations are managing a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Specifically, the same study found that, on average, 17% of enterprise workloads continue to run on premises while 22% are in a private cloud.
Dataversity, March 13th, 2023
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IT News - Developer
PyTorch 2.0 Brings New Fire To Open-Source Machine Learning
After months in preview, PyTorch 2.0 has been made generally available by the PyTorch Foundation.
The open source PyTorch project is among the most widely used technologies for machine learning (ML) training. Originally started by Facebook (now Meta), PyTorch 1.0 came out in 2018 and benefitted from years of incremental improvements.

In September 2022, the PyTorch Foundation was created in a bid to enable more open governance and encourage more collaboration and contributions. The effort that has paid dividends, with the beta of PyTorch 2.0 going into preview in December 2022. PyTorch 2.0 benefits from 428 different contributors that provided new code and capabilities to the open source effort.

VentureBeat, March 15th, 2023
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