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DDN News
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World Record Analytics Performance
It's no trade secret. Companies need to make faster and more informed decisions to get the next big breakthrough to market.
"Did you know DDN customers report 400% to 500% performance improvement in their SAS, Informatica, and other key workflows?

Don't split your infrastructure to speed individual analytics processes. Consolidate for faster performance, less copy time, and fewer copies to manage so overall time to insight is significantly reduced. With more powerful data access, raise your per core throughput for analytics applications for significantly lower cost of infrastructure. Versus Enterprise SAN Infrastructure, DDN solutions for Big Data Analytics tend to be significantly more cost effective on both CAPEX and OPEX, and can reduce per-core software licensing costs by up to 4/5, which in many cases easily covers the entire cost of the data management infrastructure many times over..."

DDN News, October 1st, 2021
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AWS News
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AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus
Fully managed monitoring service optimized for containerized applications allows customers to securely ingest, store, and query operational metrics at scale
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the general availability of Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus, a scalable, secure, and highly available service that makes it easier for customers to monitor containerized applications. Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus is fully compatible with open-source Prometheus and provides the same familiar time series data model and Prometheus Query Language (PromQL) customers use today to monitor containerized applications. As a fully managed service, Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus automatically scales the infrastructure needed to ingest, store, and query operational metrics from containerized applications. Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus also integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and AWS CloudTrail to allow customers to more easily control and audit access to data. There are no upfront commitments or fees to use Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus, and customers only pay for the operational metrics they ingest, store, and query.
AWS News, September 29th, 2021
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AWS Shares New Business Momentum Milestones and Announces Three New Capabilities for Amazon Connect
Tens of thousands of AWS customers now using Amazon Connect to support more than 10 million contact center interactions every day
At Enterprise Connect, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), shared new business momentum milestones and announced three new capabilities for Amazon Connect that improve contact center agent productivity and provide superior service by making customer interactions more effective, personal, and natural. AWS shared for the first time that tens of thousands of AWS customers are supporting more than 10 million contact center interactions a day on Amazon Connect, an easy-to-use, highly scalable, and cost-effective omnichannel cloud contact center solution. The new features announced today are designed to give agents the right information at the right time to answer customer questions faster, provide fast and secure caller authentication, and make communicating with customers easier and more efficient.
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Recorded Future News
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Recorded Future Named Threat Intelligence Company of the Year by CyberSecurity Breakthrough
Recorded Future, the world's largest provider of intelligence for enterprise security, today announced that it has been named Threat Intelligence Company of the Year by CyberSecurity Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization
"The Recorded Future Intelligence Platform functions as a single authoritative source for intelligence, enabling organizations to build holistic, security programs across a wide range of business areas within the enterprise with actionable, relevant insights.

This is the second year that Recorded Future has been recognized by CyberSecurity Breakthrough. In 2020, the Recorded Future Express browser extension was named the Overall Threat Detection Solution of the Year.

'Having access to actionable intelligence is a key component to an organization's security posture, whether in the private or public sector, or in any industry. Cyber threats and attacks are now a reality for every business and intelligence is what allows for a proactive stance against adversaries. We're honored to be recognized for a second year by CyberSecurity Breakthrough for our work to defend organizations with intelligence-led security.' - Stuart Solomon, President, Recorded Future..."

Recorded Future News, October 1st, 2021
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The Business of Fraud: Laundering Funds in the Criminal Underground
Recorded Future analyzed current data from the Recorded Future Platform, dark web, and open-source intelligence (OSINT) sources to review money laundering services within underground sourcing and the methodology and operations used by threat actors.
This report expands upon findings addressed in the first report of the Insikt Group's Fraud Series, 'The Business of Fraud: An Overview of How Cybercrime Gets Monetized'.

Executive Summary

Money laundering services within the dark web facilitate a combination of activities through which threat actors can conceal the origins of their money, transfer cryptocurrency, have funds sent to a bank account or payment cards, or exchange to physical cash via online payment solution platforms like WebMoney or PerfectMoney. Many of these services are linked to the use of cryptocurrency and rely on other mixing services to tumble funds and help threat actors remain anonymous when transferring them. Peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions are a convenient alternative to traditional financial platforms, with support for platforms such as Venmo being touted as key features within popular underground services..."

Recorded Future News, September 28th, 2021
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Fortinet News
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Ranion Ransomware - Quiet and Persistent RaaS
Encrypts files on the compromised machines and demands ransom from the victim to recover the encrypted files.
Ranion is a Ransom-as-a-Service (RaaS) that has enjoyed unusual longevity as it has been active since at least February 2017. While its activities and purpose-encrypting files on compromised machines and receiving ransom payment from the user to recover their files-may seem the same as other ransomware in the public's eyes, the truth is that the inner workings of Ranion RaaS are unlike other ransomware.

In this blog, FortiGuard Labs will explain how Ranion RaaS works.

Fortinet News, September 30th, 2021
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Fortinet Wins the 'Professional Certification Program of the Year' Award for Third Year in a Row
For the third year in a row, Fortinet is honored to be named the winner of the 'Professional Certification Program of the Year award
"The fifth annual CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards program conducted by CyberSecurity Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies, and products in the global information security market today, recognized Fortinet for our work in helping to close the cybersecurity skills gap with cybersecurity training. The mission of the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work, and success in a range of information security categories, including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Email Security, and many more. This year's program attracted more than 4,000 nominations from over 20 different countries throughout the world..."
Fortinet News, September 30th, 2021
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Fortinet and Expiring Let's Encrypt Certificates
Fortinet was made aware by customers in the early hours of September 30th that TLS connections to web sites using Let's Encrypt certificates were failing
"Our first response was to validate the certificate chain. We discovered that the root CA for Let's Trust certificates, IdenTrust DST Root CA X3, had expired at 00:00 UTC on September 30th.

This was not unexpected-depreciation of this certificate had been planned for some time by Let's Encrypt as they are in the process of moving to the Self Signed ISRC Root X1 Root CA. In preparation for this, Fortinet had pushed out the new Root CA certificate ISRG Root X1 to FortiGate devices. Any Let's Encrypt certificates issued since May 2021 should not experience any issue as they are configured to use the new ISRC Root X1 certificate..."

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VMware News
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VMware's 2021 ESG Report: The Next Normal - Our Path to 2030
VMware is committed to embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into everything we do-throughout our technology strategy,  business model and culture
"We are applying the same strategic focus to ESG that we've used to launch our most innovative products and services and fueled by our EPIC2 culture to make sure our progress is meaningful and transparent.

Baking ESG outcomes directly into our operations, products and solutions is The Next Normal. We're doing this because we see ESG as a value driver. The Next Normal reflects both our responsibility and opportunity to support customers and partners in achieving their own ESG goals through VMware technology solutions. It's the kind of big picture perspective that every company, in every industry, should be thinking about right now..."

VMware News, September 27th, 2021
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Hacking Burnout For Cybersecurity Awareness Month
VMware is proud to be a 2021 Champion for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort among the public and private sector to increase resiliency and raise awareness about cybersecurity
The initiative is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As one of 15 members of CISA's Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) and a Champion of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VMware is committed to protecting our customers from cyberattacks and furthering collaboration across the private and public sector to better defend against evolving threats.
VMware News, October 1st, 2021
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VMware Enhances Developer-Ready Infrastructure
VMware today announced VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 and VMware vSAN 7 Update 3.
"The new releases include enhancements that deliver developer-ready infrastructure, simplify operations and enable customers to scale without compromise. Together, they further enable customers to innovate and accelerate their app modernization needs in today's fast-changing environments.

These updates help IT simplify management of on-prem and cloud environments, increase application performance, and provide a single platform for VMs and containers. Additionally, they support both traditional and modern workloads such as AI/ML..."

VMware News, September 28th, 2021
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Cisco News
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Cisco Establishes Industry Trust Benchmark for Digital Transformation
Cisco's New Trust Standard offers an industry benchmark for businesses to grow confidence and develop trusted digital relationships with their customers
Cisco published its New Trust Standard, a benchmark for assessing an organization's trustworthiness as they embrace digital transformation. This new framework raises the bar for building trust with customers as work becomes hybrid, more data is collected online, and cyber threats increase. With supporting data insights from the Cisco 2021 Consumer Privacy Survey, the New Trust Standard establishes the following critical elements needed for organizations to earn, maintain, and grow customer confidence:

  • Zero-Trust architecture: Keeping out attackers by challenging assumptions and verifying every connection, from every device, every time.

  • Trusted supply chain: Being aware of every component, how it is manufactured, and where it has been - while working closely with suppliers to mitigate risk.

  • Data rights: Stay ahead of evolving customer expectations and government regulations

  • Transparency: Being clear about what data is collected and how it is used; being open about incidents and issues as they transpire; and publicizing what is being done to rectify.

  • Certifications and regulatory compliance: Demonstrating commitment to customers by earning trusted certifications awarded by independent third-party auditors.

'Trust is more than a sentiment,' said Anthony Grieco, Cisco's Chief Information Security Officer. 'Digital businesses need the ability to verify the trust and resilience of its solutions, operations, and actions. This framework helps us understand the core pillars in a process that makes trust quantifiable.'

Cisco News, September 29th, 2021
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NWN Carousel and Webex by Cisco to Deliver Remote Global Press Conferences at Laver Cup
The world's top international indoor men's team tournament will rely on NWN Carousel to power communications for international media connecting with some of the world's top players
NWN Carousel, the leading integrated cloud communications service provider, today announced that it is sponsoring the 2021 Laver Cup Boston with Cisco who will be delivering the cloud communications infrastructure for the three-day event in Boston, Mass., September 24-26, 2021.

Partnered with Webex, NWN Carousel will provide an immersive press conference experience for domestic and international media throughout the prestigious event in Boston, one of the greatest sports cities in the world.

'The Laver Cup is a truly global event and we are delighted to partner with NWN Carousel who will help connect the tournament with media and broadcasters around the world,' Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks said. 'This remote press conference and interview solution provides unprecedented access to the players and captains and all the action from TD Garden in Boston to media wherever they are in the world.'

Cisco News, September 27th, 2021
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Citrix News
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Citrix Among 2021's 100 Best Companies
Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media) revealed its annual list of the 2021 100 Best Companies today, and Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) was among the companies that earned a spot.
'Working parents and caregivers have had to shoulder so much responsibility throughout the pandemic, and our 100 Best Companies continue to offer support through their generous programs and benefits,' says Subha V. Barry, President of Seramount. 'These companies have made the needs of their employees a priority, and we celebrate their commitment to creating an inclusive workplace culture where this critical talent pool can thrive.'

The 2021 Seramount 100 Best Companies list is determined by a rigorous process in which applicants must respond to more than 400 questions related to leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility, and more. It also includes surveys of the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them.

Citrix News, September 30th, 2021
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Citrix Arms Companies in War for Talent
New survey provides insights into global worker shortage and actions businesses can use to mitigate its impact
Workers are leaving jobs like never before, and it's causing a shortage of talent that has companies around the globe reeling. According to a survey conducted by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), 40 percent of 1,000 knowledge workers in the US have left at least one job in the past year or are considering doing so. What's behind the 'Great Resignation?' And what can enterprises do to mitigate its impact?

'It's clear from our research that employees today are willing to jump ship for jobs that give them the freedom to do meaningful work from the location of their choice and provide equal opportunities to contribute and advance their careers,' said Tim Minahan, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Citrix. 'And in order to attract the workers they need to move their business forward in one of the tightest labor markets the world has ever seen, companies will need to serve them up.'

Citrix News, September 29th, 2021
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Citrix Radically Simplifies App Delivery and Security
Company launches new, intent-based cloud solution to automate process, enabling IT to deliver superior employee experience and business results
Securely delivering apps is among the most painful tasks IT has to manage. But that's about to change. Citrix Systems, Inc. announced the launch of Citrix App Delivery and Security Service, a new, intent-based cloud solution that automates the process in real-time. The first and only solution of its kind, Citrix App Delivery and Security service removes the complexity from every step of app delivery, including provisioning, securing, on-boarding, and management, empowering IT to deliver a superior experience that keeps users engaged and productive.
Citrix News, September 28th, 2021
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Previewing Citrix Launchpad: Security
The rapid shift to cloud and SaaS, combined with increased mobility and the broad adoption of hybrid and distributed work models have expanded the cyberattack surface
"Simultaneously, cyberthreats are becoming more sophisticated. This has created security challenges for companies and IT must deliver stronger security controls, while ensuring employees everywhere can do their best work.

This shift was under way before the pandemic hit, but it has accelerated over the last 18 months. Distributed and hybrid work are here to stay, and organizations know that they need a zero-trust security approach that ensures secure access to all applications for their people, without introducing greater complexity, and that is flexible and dynamic so they can adapt before potential threats become actual security events..."

Citrix News, September 28th, 2021
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What's New in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops - September 2021
One of my favorite things about being on the product marketing team is getting to tell the Citrix story, which is always evolving
"With the steady stream of innovations, new features, and improved processes, it's a pleasure to tell organizations about the latest and greatest in all things VDI and DaaS and how they help solve real-world challenges.

These past few months have not disappointed when it comes to new features and improvements. From the release of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 2109, to updates to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, there is plenty to talk about. Let's take a closer look at everything that's new in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops..."

Citrix News, September 30th, 2021
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Citrix Innovations to Power Your hybrid-cloud migration
With more and more organizations transitioning to hybrid cloud for scale and business agility, Citrix innovations continue to focus on improving the experience for both the remote worker and the IT admin - no matter which path you're on in your cloud journey
"Today, we are excited to introduce more new technologies and partnerships to help accelerate your cloud transitions, maximize employee productivity, and empower organizations with the ultimate cloud flexibility and choice.

Accelerating Cloud Transitions at Scale

Maintaining hybrid-cloud environments is a cost-effective strategy used worldwide by IT to support new flexible work initiatives. But as deployment sizes grow, IT teams can get bogged down in image lifecycle maintenance, software updates, and other tasks while also keeping the business running smoothly. To help IT streamline complex deployments Citrix is introducing game-changing automation technologies, as well as strategic solution partnerships, for accelerated customer cloud migrations..."

Citrix News, September 28th, 2021
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Introducing intent-based Citrix App Delivery and Security Service
Citrix is excited to announce the introduction of Citrix App Delivery and Security Service
The industry's first intent-based, continuously optimizing, self-healing, internet-aware application delivery service radically simplifies the secure delivery of applications for today and the next decade.

Two key trends are forcing businesses to fundamentally re-examine their approach to application delivery and security:

  • Application experience is the new currency of business
  • The hyper-transition to cloud and SaaS is here

These trends present challenges for IT. For one, the distributed nature of apps and users has increased complexity, and current levels of automation are insufficient, putting IT in a perpetual catchup mode.

Citrix News, September 28th, 2021
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Recapping Citrix Launchpad: Cloud
Organizations everywhere are accelerating their IT modernization, working to remove complexity and to increase flexibility and control
"They're shifting infrastructure to hybrid environments, moving apps to the cloud, and consolidating access and app delivery and security solutions, all while looking to reduce costs.

During our Citrix Launchpad: Cloud session, we covered groundbreaking advances in app delivery and security; innovations in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops; new ways we're adding value to the services of leading cloud providers; and work we're doing with partners to help organizations manage and simplify their hybrid multi-cloud journeys and with leading cloud providers to add value to their services..."

Citrix News, October 1st, 2021
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SAP News
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A Quick Start Into Industry Services
Digitally connected companies have become a dominant force in the business world today
"No longer constrained by legacy IT systems, such companies can leverage cloud business applications that transform business models and innovate at an incredible rate. Companies can achieve outcomes not previously feasible in a solely on-premise landscape.

Access to predefined industry scenarios in the cloud is convenient and returns value quickly. Yet, companies ask how they can leverage industry solutions specifically for their business. Which solution would have the highest impact, and which are not necessary?..."

SAP News, October 1st, 2021
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Affordable Products: A Eureka Moment For Sustainability
Once upon a time, we easily traded off product sustainability for reasonable prices, quality, and safety.
Now we expect companies to bake sustainability into business as usual, and startups like Simreka have the technology to make it happen. Its cloud-based simulation software helps manufacturers experiment faster to create more sustainable products.

'We are accelerating the design and manufacture of products that are both cost-effective and sustainable,' said Dr. Akshay Patel, co-founder and CEO at Simreka. 'Companies can quickly collect and analyze data including materials, manufacturing processes, quality and performance standards, pricing, safety and compliance, and carbon emissions to simulate design options. With these insights, leaders can make product design decisions that will best meet business targets.'

SAP News, September 30th, 2021
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Is Your Business Ready For The Cloud?
The cloud is no longer just a new idea that may happen in the future. It's already here
"And SAP Advisory Services can help put this technology to work so businesses can store and access personal data, consume the latest applications and services, and define their digital transformation journey.

When talking about the cloud, people often toss around terms like 'software as a service' (SaaS) and 'infrastructure as a service' (IaaS). However, very few understand the distinct differences between the two types..."

SAP News, September 30th, 2021
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Sustainability: An Evolving Business Driver Here To Stay
Growing awareness of sustainability issues is changing how people view and prioritize the relationship between conservation and their personal material needs
"But can businesses thrive in a long-term path that unifies profitable growth and sustainable practices, contributing to a better future for themselves and the rest of the world?

Throughout my 20-year career in the high tech industry, I have helped companies from a wide variety of industries. They had different perspectives on where the marketplace is heading and which opportunities and risks require their attention. And in nearly every engagement, their executives wanted unique ideas and approaches to solve the same fundamental challenges..."

SAP News, September 29th, 2021
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Going Beyond Business Processes For Digital Transformation
Many companies are currently in the middle of their digital transformation. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this process dramatically
"Not only were existing regulatory requirements being updated at a quicker pace, a large number of new COVID-19-specific requirements were introduced. In addition, the rapid switch to remote work brought a greater demand for digitalized processes and an increase in the number of technologies available. Although this new normal can be challenging, it has also offered the opportunity to rethink existing processes and examine new business opportunities..."
SAP News, September 27th, 2021
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Dell News
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Dell Technologies Drives the Evolution of Modern Support and Security
ProSupport Suite for PCs enhancements provide greater IT visibility, remote remediation, actionable recommendations and the industry's first automated custom update catalog management and deployment capabilities
" In today's 'do anything from anywhere' world, the PC is more than just a tool; it has become the key connection point for work and communication. Employees rely on it as a gateway for collaboration and productivity-and any downtime is disruptive especially to the bottom line.

New Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) support services and security solutions enhance the way IT leaders provide a modern, intelligent and secure PC experience for employees. Added capabilities in the ProSupport Suite for PCs build on the foundation of artificial intelligence and an always-on approach to make IT support easier and more customizable. New endpoint security offerings enhance the industry's most secure commercial PCs'1' with new security verification capabilities and additional protections below the operating system...."

Dell News, September 29th, 2021
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Modernizing IT to Enable New Ways of Work
As organizations navigate new hybrid work models and shifts in business priorities, IT teams are modernizing their IT toolkit to meet the evolving needs of the workforce.
As organizations navigate new hybrid work models and shifts in business priorities, IT needs are evolving to accommodate these changes. Recent research shows that the most successful companies will be those that proactively invest in their organization's technological agility - modernizing with purpose and intention to avoid reactionary, band-aid decision making.

Why Modern IT Matters

Modernization is a journey that accelerated to a full-fledged sprint at the start of 2020 as entire workforces transitioned to remote work overnight. Companies then settled to a marathon pace, focused on getting their IT strategy in place and getting it right. IT departments are not looking to purchase just hardware and software anymore. They need a trusted partner to help guide their unique journey along the multiple paths to IT modernization.

Dell News, September 30th, 2021
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Meet the Engineering Innovators Helping Solve Telecoms' Biggest Challenges
Today, we are working with some of the world's most advanced and ambitious CSPs to innovate, provide thought leadership and expand the boundaries of what's possible.
"At first sight, it might seem that the transition to 5G is on the home straight. Subscriber numbers are growing at 1 million a day, there's a choice of 300 plus compatible smartphones on the market, and over 165 5G-badged networks around the world.

The reality, of course, is more complex. In fact, there is still a way ahead of today's 5G networks to make full use of the technology's potential. Most offerings today are still focused on mobile broadband connectivity, but the big growth opportunities lie in developing new enterprise-focused products and services built around new capabilities of 5G like ultra-low latency and network slicing..."

Dell News, September 29th, 2021
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Leading the Way in Multi-Cloud Data Protection Efficiencies
ESG's modeled scenario shows a drop of more than 80% in cost to protect data in the cloud using the Dell Technologies solution compared to competitive offerings.
"If you're looking to the cloud as a way to reduce your storage costs, you're certainly not alone. With data volumes continuing their stratospheric surge (23% CAGR according to IDC), many organizations are interested in leveraging low-cost storage in the public cloud to improve efficiencies. From replicating on-premises backup data to the cloud, tiering data to the cloud and protecting workloads in the cloud, there are some great opportunities to leverage the economies of scale that public cloud providers have to offer..."
Dell News, September 29th, 2021
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Bringing Medical Experts Together for Faster Diagnoses
Learn how North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust in England leveraged Dell EMC PowerProtect DD, PowerScales and PowerStore to drive collaboration between multi-disciplinary patient care.
"Across the globe, adoption of digital pathology continues to grow. Utilized in the past mainly for research, digital pathology is now greatly accelerating time to diagnosis and treatment for many patients. One of the many advantages to digitized images is the ability to share images easily and quickly with colleagues for collaboration. Gone are the days of shipping glass slides..."
Dell News, September 28th, 2021
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What Your Cloud Architect Needs to Know and Why
Learn what skills, knowledge and certifications can equip a Cloud Architect to drive a successful cloud strategy.
"In IDC's October 2020 report, Moving to a Connected Cloud Architecture, cloud architects are first in the list of key stakeholders of connected architecture. Per their analysis, cloud architects are 'becoming prominent focal points for defining standards and policies in collaboration with business, development, and IT ops stakeholders.'

The future of 'cloud movement' emphasizes the business need for a cloud architect with specific skills and knowledge. In this article, we will provide the guide to the skills and experience a cloud architect requires to get their company where it wants to go..."

Dell News, September 27th, 2021
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HPE News
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SK Inc. C&C, part of South Korea's largest conglomerate SK Group, selects HPE GreenLake to power VDI initiative for improved employee experience
SK Inc. C&C, the system integrator for South Korean conglomerate SK Group, chooses HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform and HPE SimpliVity to support hybrid workplace for employees
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced that it has been selected by SK Inc. C&C in South Korea to transform its internal virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system to a new cloud service, delivered through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform. SK Inc. C&C decided to switch to the HPE GreenLake platform to speed up response times and performance for users, minimize downtime and reduce costs. SK Inc. C&C chose HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to support the VDI solution, delivered through the HPE GreenLake platform, and enable a hybrid workplace for its employees.
HPE News, September 28th, 2021
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HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform powers data modernization with breakthrough analytics and data protection cloud services
HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform combines control and agility so customers can accelerate innovation, deliver compelling experiences, and achieve superior business outcomes
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced a sweeping series of new cloud services for the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, providing customers unmatched capabilities to power digital transformation for their applications and data. This represents HPE's entry into two large, high-growth software markets - unified analytics and data protection. Together, these innovations further accelerate HPE's transition to a cloud services company, and give customers greater choice and freedom for their business and IT strategy, with an open and modern platform that provides a cloud experience everywhere. The new offerings, which add to a growing portfolio of HPE GreenLake cloud services, allow customers to innovate with agility, at lower costs, and include the following:
HPE News, September 28th, 2021
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New HPE GreenLake cloud services for data protection tackle cyberthreats & ransomware
New disaster recovery and backup cloud services help customers secure their data from edge to cloud
The last 18 months have been challenging for everyone - a period of rapid digital transformation accelerated by a global pandemic and compromised by opportunistic threat actors. At the same time, as dangerous viruses plagued the real world, criminals launched digital attacks on organizations ranging from healthcare systems to fuel pipelines, leveraging insecure data to ransom companies, and in some cases, significant pieces of critical infrastructure.
HPE News, September 28th, 2021
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Accelerating adoption of cloud-everywhere operating models with the industry's most proven methodologies
HPE's Keith White discusses how the new HPE Edge-to-Cloud Adoption Framework guides organizations to modernize and accelerate paths to adopting any cloud experience
The world is hybrid.

Organizations, large and small, want to distribute their workloads across multiple cloud environments to unlock value where data is sourced to increase agility and accelerate innovation. They also seek advice and best practices on how to effectively do this to achieve superior business results, while avoiding costly pitfalls.

While the majority of data still resides on-premises, and not in the public cloud, other types of data that is collected, processed and managed at the edge - outside of traditional data centers or public clouds- is expected to significantly grow. Managing workstreams across those remote sites, in addition to ones on-premises, to ensure always-on connectivity, compliance and security in the most cost effective way, is not an easy task. It requires platforms, capabilities, and advisory and consulting services, to build a model that enables systems and applications to quickly connect and communicate, so that organizations can manage, protect, and capitalize on all their data, from edge to cloud.

HPE News, September 28th, 2021
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HP News
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HP's Smartest Ink Tank Printer For People That Print A Lot
New HP Smart Tank 7000 Series is a low-cost reliable solution made for those who print daily
With 97% of print owners believing that printing will remain central to their business, HP Inc. introduces the new low-cost HP Smart Tank 7000 series to meet the daily needs of individuals printing high volumes.

'Individuals continue to look for an easy and cost-efficient solution for their everyday printing needs,' says Xavier Garcia, GM and Global Head, Print Hardware Systems, HP. 'The new Smart Tank 7000 series provides an excellent printing experience from start to finish with high quality prints and advanced smart features designed to increase daily productivity without breaking the bank.'

Building on HP's long history of developing products with sustainability in mind, the HP Smart Tank 7000 Series is HP's first ink tank printer to be made from over 25% recycled plastic5. The printers' compatible HP ink bottles can be recycled through HP Planet Partners supporting the company's vision for a closed-loop recycling process and reducing the amount of virgin plastic used.

HP News, September 27th, 2021
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Generation Impact: Young inventor's love of robotics puts prosthetic arms within reach
Easton LaChappelle made his first robotic hand in eighth grade - a confection of electrical tubing, fishing lines, and tape made in his bedroom, watching instructional videos
"The fingers could move, but it couldn't grab objects very accurately. Immediately he wondered: How can I make it more human-like?

The question has driven him ever since. Every year for his high school science project, he would make a better version. (His junior year project- a 3D-printed robotic arm that could shake hands - won second place at the 2013 International Science and Engineering Fair, and was impressive enough for LaChappelle to be invited to the White House.) And now, at age 25, he's the founder of Unlimited Tomorrow, which aims to make prosthetic devices more affordable using 3D printing technology..."

HP News, September 29th, 2021
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These 6 Young 'Ocean Heroes' show just how Much Our Future Depends on Collaboration
OH-Wake is a new magazine that celebrates ambitious young leaders working to conserve natural environments and calling for climate action in their communities and beyond
Growing up, my parents instilled two major philosophies in me. One was that to whom much is given, much is expected. The second was to always leave things better than you found them. These lessons still have a huge influence on my life, and they are why I remain so connected to HP's mission to enable a more just and sustainable future for everyone. As those in the US last week wrapped up UN Climate Week to learn the latest from leaders in climate action, I'm reminded once again that collaboration is an essential part of our progress. HP is working toward our most ambitious sustainability goals yet, including specific targets for net zero carbon; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital equity and much more.
HP News, September 29th, 2021
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Ten Leaders Named to Kyndryl Board of Directors
Kyndryl, the new, independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Managed Infrastructure Services business, announced the company's first Board of Directors and the selection of Martin Schroeter as Kyndryl board chairman.
'I'm excited to lead Kyndryl as it prepares to change the technology services industry,' said Mr. Schroeter, who was named as Kyndryl's chief executive officer in January. 'Our first board brings great leadership skills, an international perspective and extensive transformation experience, and they will be a great asset to our leaders and our customers as we begin our journey as an independent company.'

Mr. Schroeter was IBM's senior vice president of global markets before leaving IBM in June of 2020 and before that he served as the chief financial officer from 2014 to 2017.

IBM News, September 28th, 2021
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Egypt's Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade Automates Wheat Silos Processes in Collaboration with IBM and ACME SAICO
Project aims to create a robust system powered by IBM AI-powered automation software in a hybrid cloud environment for efficient management of the country's wheat supply
IBM (NYSE: IBM), in collaboration with business partner ACME SAICO, today announced the automation of 22 wheat silos across Egypt by the end of this year using IBM AI-powered automation software. This supports the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade's plans to digitize the wheat supply chain and implement governance systems on the country's strategic stock.

The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade is a key ministry focused on achieving food security for Egypt. In line with the national plan for digital transformation, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade represented by the Egyptian Holding Company for Silos and Storage (EHCSS) selected IBM and ACME SAICO to create a platform powered by IBM's AI-powered automation software in a hybrid cloud environment. Using IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation and IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, the new solution will allow full automation and governance of all the steps of shipping, transport, storage, and supply of the wheat silos.

IBM News, September 27th, 2021
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Democratize the Power of Computing: IBM Symphony Is Now Available on IBM Cloud
High Performance Computing on the Cloud.
We live in a highly competitive and dynamic world where the time to bring products to market can be a core differentiator. Enterprises need to build, test, tweak and retest models for their products depending on the business they are in, whether these are related to infusing artificial intelligence (AI) in their business models, designing a new car and understanding the impact of airflow or performing counterparty credit risk modeling. These models need enormous computing power to produce timely and accurate results.

In the past, large corporations and governments with the financial muscle to use supercomputers could tap into the massive computing power for solving problems around meteorology, life sciences, financial services and fluid dynamics.

IBM News, September 30th, 2021
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What Are IBM Cloud Paks?
Learn how to accelerate innovation with IBM Cloud Paks - pre-integrated, pre-certified, AI-powered hybrid cloud software.
It's been more than a decade since commercial cloud first transformed business, but even now, only about 20% of workloads have moved to the cloud. Why? Factors such as data residency, skills gaps, integration issues, legacy application environments not supported in the cloud and vendor lock-in may be preventing most teams from fully modernizing their IT operations.

Business leaders have the difficult task of accelerating innovation, speeding time to market and meeting evolving customer expectations without sacrificing security, compliance or the value of existing investments. Organizations must move past the basic cloud model and open the next chapter of cloud transformation, cloud application and cloud management innovation to help successfully balance these needs.

IBM News, October 1st, 2021
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Microsoft News
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Accelerate Chicago Aimed At Tackling Unemployment In The City With New Opportunities For Underserved Communities
Coalition of public and private partnerships to address Chicago's needs for economic growth and jobs through digital skilling
"Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with corporate, learning and community partners, announced the launch of Accelerate Chicago. The program aims to reach 300,000 Chicago residents to provide a pathway from skilling to employment for community members to bridge the digital skills divide and route people to diverse and equitable hiring and re-employment opportunities. Job seekers in Chicago can start their journey toward their career reinvigoration today, with programs, events and opportunities available now at aka.ms/AccelerateChicago.

'As Chicago builds its economy back in the wake of COVID-19,' said Deb Cupp, president of Microsoft U.S., 'the Accelerate program expands economic opportunity and provides the skills needed to support an inclusive, equitable recovery. We're proud to work with our civic, learning and corporate partners to bring this program to Chicago.'

Microsoft News, October 1st, 2021
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Microsoft and At-Bay partner to offer data-driven cyber insurance coverage
Customers managing cyber-risk with Microsoft 365's built-in security controls qualify for savings on At-Bay cyber insurance policies
"Microsoft Corp. is announcing a new multiyear commitment to help the insurance industry create superior and data-driven cyber insurance products backed by Microsoft's security solutions. Managing risk is a critical business objective for all companies. Yet, even with the adoption of best-of-breed cybersecurity technologies and best practices, companies can face residual risk due to inconsistent management of apps and other productivity platforms exploited by a quickly evolving threat landscape. To bridge this gap, insurance providers have begun offering policies to help mitigate the impact of data breaches and ransomware attacks..."
Microsoft News, September 29th, 2021
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Microsoft and Truveta announce strategic partnership to accelerate Truveta's vision of saving lives with data
Unprecedented clinical data platform will be built on Microsoft Azure to digitally transform health around the world using real-world data and AI
"Microsoft Corp. and Truveta announced a strategic partnership to apply the power of Microsoft Azure and AI to help Truveta achieve its vision of saving lives with data. Truveta - the first health provider-led data platform owned and governed by 17 innovative leading health providers in the U.S. including Providence, Novant Health, Northwell Health and Trinity Health - has selected Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud platform. The Truveta platform on Azure will initially represent more than 15 percent of all clinical care in the United States and billions of data points, creating the world's largest de-identified health data platform..."
Microsoft News, September 29th, 2021
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Empowering resilient communities and accelerating our collective impact with #BuildFor2030
Recently, the United Nations General Assembly met for their 76th session to realize their vision of building resilience with hope: helping the world to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people and revitalize the U.N.
"As a partner to the U.N., Microsoft deeply supports this vision. We've been driving for progress on several fronts, notably by:

  • Investing in our global skills initiative, recently expanded with skilling resources for small- to medium-size businesses, to help drive an inclusive skills-based economy.

  • Doubling down on accessibility to close the disability divide and scale accessible technology.

  • Introducing Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability and Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit to help propel new industry solutions to solve some of the most pressing challenges we face today.

At Microsoft Inspire 2021, I spoke with other leaders about how trust is the foundation of successful business relationships. As Microsoft Channel Chief, I'm committed to empowering our customers and partners with trusted technologies that help create more inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities..."

Microsoft News, September 28th, 2021
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Oracle News
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Oracle Launches SaaS Payroll Service for IGOs and NGOs
Oracle Payroll Core helps Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental organizations save time and resources calculating payroll
"Oracle today announced a new payroll solution that will help organizations, starting with Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs), navigate complex pay rules and policies to efficiently pay any employee, anywhere, in any currency. Part of Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), Oracle Payroll Core is a flexible payroll management solution that enables organizations to easily configure payroll to meet both local and international pay rules in a single system. It allows organizations to meet unique business requirements not addressed with traditional payroll solutions..."
Oracle News, September 28th, 2021
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Oracle Introduces Next-Generation Exadata X9M Platforms
World's fastest database platform just became faster and more affordable, increasing OLTP performance by 70% with up to 27.6M IOPS, analytic scans by 87% with over 1 TB/s throughput per rack, and supporting up to 42% more workloads for the same price as previous generation
"Oracle announced the availability of the Oracle Exadata X9M platforms, the latest version of the industry's fastest and most affordable systems for running Oracle Database. The new Exadata X9M offerings include Oracle Exadata Database Machine X9M and Exadata Cloud@Customer X9M-the only platform that runs Oracle Autonomous Database in customer data centers. Today, 87 percent of the Global Fortune 100 and thousands of smaller enterprises rely on Oracle Exadata to run their business-critical workloads..."
Oracle News, September 28th, 2021
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An Innovation Imperative: Oracle Extends Cloud ERP Lead with New Automations and Insights
When I speak with CFOs, CAOs and senior finance and operations leaders, two areas of discussion keep coming up: the digital transformation journey and innovation. Organizations are finally ready to begin their digital finance transformations and eagerly want to take advantage of a continuous stream of innovation for their business.
"The need to simplify, standardize, automate, and then innovate is now an imperative for customers across industries and geographies. Whether customers are looking to improve the speed and accuracy of business processes by removing mundane, repetitive, and manual tasks using machine learning or want to enhance analytical decision-making via sophisticated predictive algorithms, choosing to partner with Oracle is sure way to get the right results..."
Oracle News, September 28th, 2021
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Studio Z Calcados Steps into Better Inventory Planning with Oracle Cloud
Brazilian footwear retailer taps Oracle Retail to digitize and better execute purchasing plans
Studio Z Calcados delivers the latest fashion trends in footwear to 10,000,000 consumers in Brazil. The 46-year-old family business sells shoes online and through 104 stores in 16 Brazilian states. To deliver the latest fashions quickly and at a competitive price, Studio Z uses Oracle Retail technology to develop better processes to reconcile and approve inventory plans more rapidly and efficiently. With Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning, the company will further expand throughout the Brazilian continental territory. The retailer will transform from a traditional shoe sales model to hybrid in-person and online selling to support faster inventory turns and larger sales volumes.
Oracle News, September 29th, 2021
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Survey: 82% of Americans Scared That Supply Chain Issues Will Ruin Their Life Plans
77% say the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant is increasing their supply chain concerns
"Recent supply chain delays and disruptions have negatively impacted the lives of Americans, leaving many feeling frustrated, angry, and scared that the disruptions will never end, according to a new study by Oracle. The study of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers found that worries about more delivery delays, product shortages, and disruptions are worsening across the nation due to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant, and that people are looking to brands to help settle their concerns..."
Oracle News, September 29th, 2021
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How Oracle and IBM Excel at Enterprise Cloud Migrations
Over the years, IBM and Oracle have competed on several fronts. They've also nurtured a close alliance since the early 1980s (there was even a stint years ago when IBM developers worked directly out of Oracle's Redwood Shores headquarters), setting the bar for 'co-opetition' even before the advent of hybrid cloud began uniting erstwhile competitors.
"The relationship was born from a joint effort to optimize Oracle database on IBM hardware. More co-innovation in mutual products followed, prompting IBM's consulting unit to begin reselling Oracle financial software.

Today, IBM is a leading Oracle services provider.

Rob Churchyard leads that global Oracle practice inside IBM. Over the last year, he's been overseeing a transition in that practice-where his team traditionally focused on delivering business management solutions through Oracle's suite of enterprise applications, it's increasingly branching out across the IT stack with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)..."

Oracle News, September 30th, 2021
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Redefining The Possibilities Of IT Automation Across Your Ecosystem With Red Hat Partners
As the modern IT environment continues to evolve, it continues to grow in complexity.
"An organization's technology stack may not look the same as it did five years ago, let alone five months ago. In addition, organizations are expected to scale faster than ever to meet customer demands in a digital world. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is our key for the enterprise to demystify complex systems and innovate at pace with the industry by breaking down bottlenecks caused by repetitive, manual processes. With the introduction of Ansible Automation Platform 2 announced today, IT teams can now take advantage of self-contained automation capabilities to make it even easier to address automation at scale across a range of environments and systems..."
Red Hat News, September 29th, 2021
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Friday Five - October 1, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Had 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.
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2 Drives Cloud-Native Automation and Helps Developers Become Automators
  • From the Datacenter to the Edge: The Open Hybrid Cloud Vision for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2
  • Ansible Automation around the World
  • Extending Automation across the Organization: How We Can Create a New Culture of Automation from Legacy IT Siloes
  • TechRepublic - 10 Ways to Avoid Work-From-Home Burnout

Read on for details

Red Hat News, October 1st, 2021
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Advance Your Red Hat OpenShift Skills To Run Kubernetes At Enterprise Scale
As organizations expand their footprint within cloud-native architectures, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat products that extend its functionality become key to scaling infrastructure to manage more workloads and applications
"Red Hat now offers an extensive portfolio of training and certifications to teach the skills required for these advanced Red Hat OpenShift capabilities.

We have recently launched advanced training courses to help teams and individuals looking to increase self-sufficiency in Red Hat OpenShift administration. And we have even more that are currently in development. We'll provide some course highlights in this post..."

Red Hat News, September 30th, 2021
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Runtime Analysis In The Red Hat Devsecops Framework
September is "runtime analysis" month in Red Hat's monthly Security series!
"Since March 2021, the Red Hat Security Ecosystem team has published monthly articles and videos on DevOps Security topics to help you learn how Red Hat can help you master the practice called DevSecOps.

By explaining how to assemble Red Hat products and introducing our security ecosystem partners, we aim to aid in your journey to deploying a comprehensive DevSecOps solution..."

Red Hat News, September 30th, 2021
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Extending Automation Across The Organization: How We Can Create A New Culture Of Automation From Legacy It Siloes
Automation is about empowering people to do more, to focus on bigger picture problems and to use tools to perform the rote tasks that do not require or benefit from manual intervention.
"When IT automation was first introduced, it began as a task-driven, domain specific initiative; script-based tools were a reaction to address the pain points of a single job function. This original wave of automation was about enabling an individual to do more, faster, generally taking place in small pockets and usually orthogonal to other similar efforts taking place elsewhere in the same organization..."
Red Hat News, September 29th, 2021
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Ansible Automation Around The World
In the last year, organizations across the globe have operated under dynamically changing business requirements.
"451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, noted that respondents in its recent Voice of the Enterprise: DevOps, Organizational Dynamics survey indicated "flexibility to quickly respond to changes" (52%) as the top DevOps benefit. While only 36% of respondents described the level of IT automation in their organization as "mostly or all automated processes," respondents expect it to grow to 47% in 12 months..."
Red Hat News, September 29th, 2021
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From The Datacenter To The Edge: The Open Hybrid Cloud Vision For Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2
At AnsibleFest 2021, we introduced a re-architected Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform to meet the changing needs of the open hybrid cloud, so teams can create, test and deploy automation with greater speed and scalability in cloud-native and containerized environments.
What many customers will notice is that the feature terminology looks unfamiliar; this was done to reflect the cloud-native foundation of Ansible Automation Platform 2. The naming changes include:

  • Ansible Engine is now automation execution environments

  • Ansible Tower is now automation controller

  • Automation Analytics components are now within Red Hat Insights

Ansible Automation Platform 2 is built to deliver a more consistent, connected experience, and the feature naming should mirror this. There are several new components that shift where the automation takes place; when the pieces of the platform change, it's a sensible time to re-evaluate everything else. We focused on renaming the existing parts to better match the new style and update the descriptions to more adequately equate what they actually do for customers.

Red Hat News, September 29th, 2021
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Are Workers Today Different?
When we ask 'Are workers different today', we're not addressing changes made due to covid, but rather changes in the work culture and the transition from the Baby Boomer population to the Centennials
If your workplace consists of a blend of multi generations, do you believe there are noticeable differences in styles and behaviors? 5 generations have been identified with the approximate associated years below. (Note: different studies show differing ranges)

  • Silent Generation - born during the Great Depression and WWII (1925-1945)
  • Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
  • Generation X (1965-1980)
  • Millennials or Generation Y (1981-1996)
  • Centennials or Generation Z (1997 - )

The intent is not to label people, but rather share the perceptions of what each generation is known for.

PeopleTek News, September 29th, 2021
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The Leadership Journey - Are You Ready?
Leadership development is a process, not a one-time event. The Leadership Journey takes place over twelve sessions, giving every leader the opportunity to maximize their growth potential
The PeopleTek Journey Program will help you:

  • Uncover how you communicate
  • Empower you with the methods to be most effective in communicating and working with individuals or group of people
  • Build critical competencies and raise your peak performance level
  • Help you at any stage of your career to overcome hurdles standing in the way of your progress
  • Help you with new challenges you may be facing in a new role
  • Learn to harness your strengths
  • Identify and improve upon gaps in your leadership
  • Become more effective, more confident, and grow overall as a leader and person Is the Journey Program right for you?
    PeopleTek News, September 29th, 2021
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