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Women in Tech Leadership is Good for Business - How to Achieve It

Four steps toward enabling the advance of women into tech leadership roles start with acknowledging today's disparity. It's no secret that gender disparity is an issue in the technology industry. The field has become a gateway to high-paying jobs and an opportunity to make a change in the software-driven future. However, a higher number of men than women are staying on. This gap exists due to many factors: families at home, working hours at...
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5 Keys to Leading in the Age of Analytics

Organizations of all sizes have to consider the use of big data analytics, and understand how analytics fits into the corporate strategy. Data and analytics have redefined the way we compete. Data is a critical corporate asset that organizations are starting to monetize in new ways to get ahead of their competition. The bottom line? Companies that leverage data to drive the performance of their organization’s decisions are winning at a fast...
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Nemertes CIO Burke: Do You Know Your Cloud TCO?

It's not simple: Nemertes CIO John Burke to explain how to evaluate your TCO when using a cloud service and whether real savings are available. As more companies contemplate moving legacy applications into the cloud, they confront a nagging question: do they really know whether it improves their total cost of ownership? Running a virtual server on infrastructure as a service looks like a good deal, but how do you know that it is? John Burke...
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Moving to the Cloud: 3 Ways to Ensure Data Sovereignty

Navigating the maze of data sovereignty laws can be intimidating, organizations should not let this deter them from making the move if companies do their due diligence. In the beginning, the cloud was somewhat of a mystery.  This seemingly magical technology has transformed the way many organizations operate, and companies around the world are taking advantage of all that the cloud has to offer.  Yet despite the implications of its name, th...
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What You Need to Know About Containers

Interop ITX will offer a day-long, Container Crash Course for those who want to learn more about containers' impact on enterprise operations. Containers are changing not only how code is assembled into applications and moved around but also how companies adopting containers conduct their business. Not everyone necessarily understands where containers fit into their software infrastructure or how they affect day to day operations. On the fir...
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IT Won't Recognize Itself by the End of the Year

It's time to rethink the role and structure of IT in the enterprise. How many times a day does your organization rely on connected technology to get business done? IT is at the center of nearly every interaction we have today, every email, phone call, and text, every order placed and filled, every patient cared for, every financial transaction completed. Now more than ever, IT is responsible for keeping the lights on both literally and figu...
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Cultivating the Inclusive Tech Workplace

Tech companies need to work harder to attract and retain more minorities and women, says Interop ITX speaker Coco Brown. Tech companies like to boast that they foster an "inclusive workplace." Yet how many industry leaders actually understand what an inclusive workplace is, much less know how to successfully create and sustain one? Coco Brown , founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing boardroom diversit...
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Why Collaboration is Critical in Technology Acquisition

New technologies and solutions are compelling, so compelling that little thought may go into what will make them successful. Solutions architects can help, but they need help from IT and the business. Thought leaders, including an Interop ITX speaker, share advice. Technology teams and lines of business are often seduced by cool new technologies, products, and services. The business is drawn to promises of better insights, higher productivi...
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The Secret Sauce to Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Networking company Ciena developed an internal strategy to improve it's customer relationships. A successful business is never complacent. Others will always be gunning for your customers and prospects. As a network strategy and technology company, we are under constant pressure to deliver rewarding customer experiences and business outcomes. In our industry, being caught flat-footed is a recipe for disaster. Technology evolves at a rapid p...
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Twitter Chat: Tips for Embracing DevOps

If you are just getting started with DevOps or you want to take your DevOps initiative to the next level, join InformationWeek and Interop ITX for a Twitter chat on Thursday. While we like to think of technology trends as moving at lightning speed, the growth of such concepts in terms of tech maturity and general adoption can take a decade or more. Consider the example of the cloud, which took its amorphous shapes in the 1990s. Now, everyon...
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Red Hat expert: OpenStack May Not Be As Complex As You Think

Red Hat's principal cloud architect says you can get into OpenStack, one step at a time, accomplishing business objectives along the way. OpenStack is perhaps best known for its complexity. It’s not a single open source project but a framework meant to contain several projects with the different pieces able to work together. Different teams are working, each at their own pace, on each subsystem. There's Cinder for block storage and Swift fo...
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In Appreciation: Howard A. Schmidt

Former cybersecurity coordinator to President Obama, and renowned veteran of the security industry, passed away Thursday. The security industry is mourning the loss of Howard A. Schmidt, 67, who served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama as their top cybersecurity advisors after holding top security posts at Microsoft and eBay. Schmidt's post under Obama, from 2009-2012, was the very first White House cybersecurit...
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Measuring DevOps: The Key Metrics That Matter

Determining DevOps' ultimate value to an organization is essential for receiving maximum benefits. Metrics bring a new level of clarity and insight to enterprise DevOps programs, says Anders Wallgren, chief technology officer of Electric Cloud, a DevOps optimization software company based in San Jose, Calif. DevOps is being adopted by organizations worldwide for several well-understood and proven reasons. Most importantly, the approach acce...
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Serverless Computing Isn't Simple to Explain

Serverless computing is a concept that's difficult to encapsulate in a few short words, as illustrated in our expert discussion. Last week, InformationWeek hosted a Twitter chat on serverless computing with experts that will be speaking about the topic at Interop ITX  in May. Some of the tweets from participants shed light on the subject, some raised important questions, and others expressed continued bafflement over what all the fuss was a...
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Deploying Containers to the Cloud: Many Options

At Interop ITX 2017, a container deployment expert will demonstrate how users can select an option for moving containers to the cloud. As the popular Docker container platform takes on more orchestration features, container users have faced a lengthening set of options with which to deploy the containers that they build. They can turn to Docker Swarm, which creates and manages a Docker container cluster, or they can rely on the Swarm orches...
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How I Pulled Myself Out of the Waterfall

Mark Thiele hates waterfalls. Not the ones found in nature, of course, but the traditional, sequential method of software development known as the waterfall model, in which a project flows downhill from one group to another in slow, rigid stages. Imagine you’re having a house built. You’d assume the architect is working closely with the builder, and that both are staying in touch with you to make sure your requirements are being met. Once t...
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Workers Welcome AI But Remain Skeptical About Its Benefits

Survey by Atlassian finds wide worker expectbations of working alongside AI software and discomfort with the prospect. With business managers and IT striving to incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence into how a company does business, how many employees believe it's necessary to adapt to these technologies to move into the future? Not all of them, it turns out. According to a recent survey , some think the technologies are ...
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Three Little Words For Payday: Big, Data, DevOps

Recruiting firm Randstad's annual salary survey shows data pros are in the upper stratosphere, and DevOps experience is starting to justify a premium. One line in the script probably is better remembered today than the movie as a whole, even though 1967's The Graduate made Dustin Hoffman a star while the film recorded an Oscar win and a boatload of award nominations. That scene is where Benjamin gets secret career advice from a family frien...
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Catastrophe Hits Your Datacenter - But Users Don't Notice

What's This? Many large, network-dependent organizations are deploying OpenStack together with Red Hat Ceph Storage because they are inherently high-available solutions. What if you lost your datacenter completely in a catastrophe, but your users hardly noticed? Sounds like a mirage, but it’s absolutely possible, and major datacenters with high demand for full availability are already accomplishing this. Redefining Disaster Recovery When mo...
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Product Management Should Be At The Core Of Every Company

At the heart of product management is the ability to discover the customers' pain and then leading the way in solving that pain in the best way possible. In the early 1990s when Intuit's QuickBooks accounting software launched, it was an unknown product and priced twice as high as its nearest competitor, with fewer features. Yet it very quickly became the US market leader. And, it still is. As a product management leader at Intuit, the stor...
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How To Choose Between Virtual Desktop Deployment Models

Many companies are turning to virtual desktops in the cloud to support end user computing, and they have multiple models to choose from. The choice between Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is becoming a bit murkier in 2017. While both technologies bring pros/cons, between the two, we now have several hybrid options that can leverage benefits from both worlds. Today, we're going to compare all three virtua...
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What's Cognitive Computing, And What's That Noise Overhead?

Soon after an IBM round table on cognitive computing in San Francisco, the need for it at that location became abundantly clear. On February 13, they were thinking about rapid development, when they should have been thinking about rapid evacuation. They met at a round table of peers, each with a say on the topic, cognitive computing. They should have been listening to voices higher up. They were talking earnestly face to face when they shou...
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Your OpenStack Cloud Is Only As Good As The Linux You Install It On

What's This? OpenStack services and drivers require a robust and integrated Linux operating system for top-performing functionality. OpenStack is not (just) an operating system; it’s cloud infrastructure. Open source developers and technologists from around the world collaborate on OpenStack to create infrastructure and tools for building and managing public and private clouds. According to the overview provided by the OpenStack Foundation,...
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10 Tech Jobs Set For Big Pay Raises In 2017

Big data, security, and developer jobs are expected to get salary boosts in the coming year, according to Robert Half's 2017 Technology & IT Salary Guide. Here's a look at 10 hot jobs to watch. 1 of 11 (Image: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock) IT professionals looking to boost their career and salary in 2017 should take a look at new research prepared by specialized staffing agency, Robert Half, which recently published a series of new guides ...
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What DevOps Can Teach IT About Change Management

Even if your shop hasn't embraced DevOps and has no plans to do so, the practice offers leadership and communication guidance applicable to nearly every facet of IT. Here's what we learned from presentations at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco. Gartner's 10 Tech Predictions That Will Change IT (Click image for larger view and slideshow.) If you're an IT professional struggling with change management (and really, who isn't these...
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