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Recorded Future News
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Recorded Future To Host Predict 21: The Intelligence Summit
Former Chief of MI6 and Executives from Microsoft, TikTok, Verizon, and Others Share Expertise on Intelligence-Led Security Strategies
"Recorded Future, the world's largest provider of intelligence for enterprise security, today announced the agenda and speaker lineup for Predict 21, being held virtually October 12-13. Bringing together more than 5,000 cybersecurity and intelligence professionals, Predict is the largest event in the world focused on intelligence. Following the theme 'Act with Confidence in an Uncertain World,' presentations and discussions will explore the rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape and the role of intelligence in enabling a proactive and persistent security posture to defend against adversarial activity..."
Recorded Future, October 4th, 2021
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Fortinet News
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Cyber Hygiene Skills To Keep Kids And Families Safe Online
Kids and families are spending more time online than ever before. The internet can be a truly valuable resource for kids, as it provides educational material, fun games, and ways to connect with friends.
"However, it can also be a playground for things like cyberbullying, malicious content, and bad actors who seek to prey on kids and their families for things such as identity theft, criminal activity, and more.

So just like wearing bike helmets and seatbelts, we need to practice good cyber hygiene skills when we're online to ensure we stay protected..."

Fortinet News, October 6th, 2021
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Taking A Platform Approach To Zero Trust
When it comes to security and networking, the two biggest challenges are complexity and visibility
"Many organizations have countless solutions that they are trying to get to play nice with one another. And it doesn't always work out very well. So when leadership (or the President of the United States) says you need to implement a zero trust architecture, many might grown with concerns. And if you're using incompatible products from multiple vendors that have multiple dashboards and challenging integrations, you can easily end up with a deployment so complex that it doesn't work with the systems you already have. In this scenario, that collective groan is quite justified.

As you embark on your zero trust journey, taking a platform approach and choosing solutions that are integrated by design will be much easier to deploy, configure, and maintain. That's why the Fortinet Security Fabric exists. Not only does it make it possible for Fortinet products to work together, it's an open ecosystem that includes a wide variety of vendors. This allows you to build one broad, integrated, and automated platform that includes a mixture of solutions that enable your network to easily change and expand alongside your business..."

Fortinet News, October 7th, 2021
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The War On Cybercrime And Ransomware: Are You Ready?
Not all heroes wear capes. Many work quietly and diligently behind the scenes, amassing evidence and uncovering clues until there's enough to go on to take the enemy down.
"Just like detective work, cybercrime defenders use similar tactics to chase cybercriminals, getting into their minds and following their actions to beat them at their own game.

We are seeing an increase in effective and destructive cyberattacks affecting thousands of organizations in a single incident creating an important inflection point for the war on cybercrime. In the case of ransomware, some operators are shifting their strategy away from email-initiated payloads to focusing on gaining and selling initial access into corporate networks further showing the continued evolution of Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) fueling cybercrime. This means even ransomware is about much more than just ransom, it can also be about access. In fact, recent data from Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs shows that the average weekly ransomware activity in June 2021 was more than 10x higher than one year ago. This shows us a consistent and overall significant increase over a one-year period. According to Fortinet's State of Ransomware survey, it has become the top threat concern for many organizations today..."

Fortinet News, October 4th, 2021
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Your AWS Workloads Deserve The Best Security Offered By Fortinet
As organizations adapt to rapidly changing business requirements, cloud adoption has soared
"As part of the cloud migration journey, security teams are faced with the challenge of protecting hybrid or multi-cloud environments, as well as securing data spread across network devices and applications. For organizations using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, Fortinet offers various native integrations and solutions to further secure AWS workloads.

Whether you're expanding your AWS footprint, securing hybrid-cloud assets, or currently migrating to AWS, security should remain top of mind rather than an afterthought. Business and technology leaders know their most valuable assets-applications and data- are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Fortinet's Adaptive Cloud Security solutions delivers advanced security to protect these business-critical assets..."

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VMware News
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Telia Company Partners With VMware To Accelerate Its Cloud-Native Journey
A cloud-native architecture is fundamental to the success of deploying 5G networks
"Leading service providers are cloudifying their networks from core to edge to radio access network (RAN) to achieve greater operational efficiency and flexibility to deliver innovative 5G services. Telia Company today shared details on how it is working with VMware (NYSE: VMW) to accelerate Telia's transition to a cloud-native infrastructure - as an integral part of Telia's company-wide transformation across its markets..."
Oracle News, October 7th, 2021
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VMware Accelerates Customers' Journey To Zero Trust Security
New VMware Security Innovations Empower Customers with Better Security for Apps That Is More Effective and Easier to Use
"Today's modern enterprises are facing an evolving threat landscape and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. They require security that is both built-in and built differently. More than 30,000 customers trust VMware to help protect their enterprise, modern and edge-native apps with a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions that are highly effective and easy to use. VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is announcing new innovations that help deliver consistent security for endpoints, virtual machines and containers with an end-to-end Zero Trust architecture. The new advancements unveiled today span:..."
Oracle News, October 5th, 2021
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VMware Charts Course For Customers To Seize Opportunity At The Edge
VMware Edge Portfolio Will Enable Organizations to Run, Manage and Better Secure Apps Across Near and Far Edge Locations
"Organizations are distributing workloads across multiple clouds while simultaneously extending out to the edge-pushing apps and services closer to where people, data and things connect to the networked digital world. Today at VMworld 2021, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) outlined how it is helping customers make sense of a more complex, multi-cloud environment and unveiled its vision for how it will help customers navigate the shift to the edge. It also introduced VMware Edge, a product portfolio that will enable organizations to run, manage and better secure edge-native apps across multiple clouds, anywhere..."
Oracle News, October 5th, 2021
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VMware Delivers 'Cloud-Smart' Approach For The Multi-Cloud Era At Vmworld 2021
Introducing VMware Cross-Cloud Services to Deliver Freedom, Flexibility and Security for Customers Across Any Cloud
At VMworld 2021, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) announced its strategy to help customers navigate the multi-cloud era with the launch of VMware Cross-Cloud services. This group of integrated services will help deliver a faster and smarter path to cloud for digital businesses, providing customers with the ability to build, run and better secure apps across any cloud with freedom and flexibility.
Oracle News, October 5th, 2021
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VMware Helps Customers Move To The Cloud With Flexibility And Speed
With VMware Cloud, Customers Modernize Apps with Better Economics and Less Risk
Organizations today are driven by the urgency to go fast and digitize. Multi-cloud is now the model for digital businesses seeking to achieve rapid transformation. VMware enables digital innovation with enterprise control in this multi-cloud environment (read story here). Today, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) is announcing new advancements for VMware Cloud, the industry's first and only multi-cloud computing infrastructure that enables customers to move their enterprise apps to the cloud in nearly half the time and less than half the cost. These new innovations include:...
Oracle News, October 5th, 2021
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VMware Propels App Modernization For Customers On Any Cloud
VMware Frees Access to VMware Tanzu Platform with New VMware Tanzu Community Edition, Allowing Customers to Run and Manage Kubernetes-Based Containerized Apps at No Cost in Multi-Cloud Environments
As organizations come to grips with the reality of a permanent digital-first world, the pressure to digitize and modernize operations remains high. While this modernization is imperative, it's equally difficult; true digitization and transformation efforts are complex, extensive, and must happen without compromising a company's ability to support ongoing business needs. Teams are challenged to build apps that are more reliable, secure, intelligent, and adaptive and must deliver them faster, at scale, and across any cloud. Today at VMworld 2021, VMware (NYSE: VMW) is introducing advances to its VMware Tanzu portfolio to enable management and operation of apps at scale and provide developers with the autonomy to build and deploy apps on any cloud.
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Cisco News
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Celebrating #CXMonth Because Experience Matters
Because we at Cisco CX feel experience matters, we're declaring October #CXMonth!
"Happy CX Day! October 5th is officially recognized globally as the day in 2021 we get to celebrate customer experience (CX). Because we at Cisco CX feel experience matters, we're declaring October #CXMonth!

To kick-off CX Month, Thimaya Subaiya, SVP of Customer Experience and one of its chief architects, spent some time explaining what CX means at Cisco, its future, and why it is essential to accelerate value for our customers throughout their technology lifecycle in order to deliver the best experience..."

Cisco News, October 4th, 2021
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Cisco Launches First Global Hybrid Work Index: Key Findings Reveal Hybrid Work Is Powered By Mobile And AI, Talent Sits Everywhere
Security remains paramount: hybrid workforce was targeted with more than 100 million email threats daily in September 2021 alone
Cisco unveiled its first Hybrid Work Index (HWI) based on millions of aggregated and anonymous customer datapoints. The Index, which will be updated quarterly, examines how people's habits and technology interactions have permanently reshaped work a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings show hybrid workers expect greater flexibility, accessibility and security, while businesses grapple with meeting these increased technology demands.

'We're truly at a unique time, with the ability to redefine work,' said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO, Cisco. 'All employees around the world want a workplace that enables them to do their best, and it is our responsibility as business leaders to learn how best to support and enable our employees, however and wherever they work.'

Cisco News, October 7th, 2021
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Hybrid Work: Revolution Or Evolution?
We're in the midst of a fundamental change rather than gradual change. It's a revolution, not evolution
"Not too long ago, 'hybrid work' was seen as a luxury, a benefit for those who could manage their work from home every now and again. Forward thinking? Yes. Ubiquitous? No. But throw in a pandemic-induced, grand experiment of work-from-home, and suddenly hybrid work went from nice-to-have to must-have.

Since the advent of hybrid work isn't exactly new, is this shift from nice-to-have to must-have a revolution or evolution? I believe we're in the midst of a fundamental change rather than gradual change. It's a revolution, not evolution. And the revolutionary shift to hybrid work is profound for these reasons..."

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Citrix News
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Citrix Announces Day 1 Support For Windows 11
With Microsoft's announcement of Windows 11, we are pleased to share that Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Workspace app are ready with Day 1 support for this new era of Windows OS!
"This exciting release ensures that you can test and deploy the latest operating systems right away with Citrix. We have worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Citrix Workspace app seamlessly integrate with Windows 11 so admins can deliver high-performing, secure, and reliable experiences.

Deploying Windows 11 in Your Virtual Environment

Leveraging Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and Windows 11 makes it easier than ever to achieve your IT goals. Windows 11 is available for both on-prem and cloud-hosted environments, bringing greater flexibility and value to your VDI and DaaS deployments..."

Citrix News, October 5th, 2021
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Citrix Announces Leadership Transition
Bob Calderoni Appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, David J. Henshall Steps Down as President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Board of Directors, Preliminary Third Quarter 2021 Revenue Announced
Citrix Systems announced that Bob Calderoni, Chair of the Citrix Board of Directors ('the Board'), has been named interim Chief Executive Officer and President, effective immediately. Mr. Calderoni succeeds David J. Henshall, who has stepped down as President and CEO and as a member of the Company's Board.

'I would like to thank David for his many contributions to Citrix,' said Bob Calderoni. 'David played a key role in accelerating our cloud transition and has driven significant improvements in our products, with over a dozen SaaS services actively supporting more than 11 million subscribers.

Citrix News, October 6th, 2021
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Citrix Expands Secure Access Solutions To Empower Hybrid Work
New, cloud-delivered, Zero Trust Network Access service protects all apps, data and devices, enabling employees to work where and how they want in a secure, productive manner
Employees today expect the freedom to choose where and how they work and a seamless, productive experience. IT is on the hook to deliver on this, all while keeping things secure. It's a tall order to fulfill. And Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is expanding its secure access solutions to help do it. The company today announced the launch of Citrix Secure Private Access, a new cloud-delivered, Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) service that protects access to apps and data from managed, unmanaged and Bring-Your-Own (BYO) devices, enabling employees to work the way they want in a secure, reliable and productive manner, wherever they happen to be.
Citrix News, October 5th, 2021
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Citrix Named An IDC Marketscape Major Player
Citrix has been named a Major Player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide eSignature Software 2021 Vendor Assessment, September 2021, (Doc # US46742320.)
"The report evaluated major eSignature software providers for their role in improving content-centric workflows and how they can be leveraged for efficiency, productivity, and security gains.

The IDC MarketScape notes that companies should consider Citrix ''if you are an existing Citrix Workspace or Citrix ShareFile customer or if your organization is looking for a robust intelligent digital workspace solution with integrated esignature'..."

Citrix News, October 8th, 2021
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Citrix Tops In Securing Remote Work
Company named among world's best cybersecurity solutions by Expert Insights
"With employees working from anywhere using devices of their choice, companies must defend an expanded attack surface against an increasing number of threats. And according to Expert Insights, Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) is among the best solutions they can use to do it. The leading cybersecurity resource and review platform today announced its 2021 Best-Of Cybersecurity Awards, and Citrix was among the winners in two categories.

Designed to recognize the world's best cybersecurity companies and products, the Expert Insights' Best-Of Cybersecurity Awards leverage research by Expert Insights' independent technical analysts and editorial team, customer feedback and industry recognition to identify the most innovative and powerful solutions on the market..."

Citrix News, October 4th, 2021
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Delivering Secure Remote Work With Sase And Zero Trust Security
The last several years have brought about an explosion in remote work, with millions of people around the world accessing their data and apps from their home office or any number of non-traditional workplaces
"Organizations depend on the productivity of the remote workforce but providing a secure and a productive work environment is an ongoing challenge. Hackers and other bad actors are using mechanisms like exploiting vulnerabilities of appliance-based solutions or embedding malware content in whitelist applications or using bots to launch increasingly insidious attacks. Devastating corporate or governmental security breaches, ransomware attacks, and attacks on critical infrastructure often start with a common theme: an attack against individual remote workers, their devices, or their applications..."
Citrix News, October 7th, 2021
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Forrester Recognizes Citrix As A Strong Performer In New Wave ZTNA Evaluation
Citrix is a strong performer among the 15 ZTNA vendors Forrester selected in The Forrester New Wave: Zero Trust Network Access, Q3 2021.
"Forrester evaluated the vendors based on criteria that included strength of current offering and market presence, and Citrix is among the highest in terms of stronger current offering. Secure remote access is core to what Citrix has delivered over the years, and we remain committed to delivering on a powerful and a robust plan as these technologies continue to evolve..."
Citrix News, October 4th, 2021
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Introducing Citrix Secure Private Access
Traditional enterprise architecture and security models aren't suited to meet the needs of today's hybrid workforce and the accompanying complex application-security requirements
"With the shift to SaaS, more data and business apps are residing on the cloud, while many enterprise apps remain inside the datacenter.

Unfortunately, this makes these complex environments challenging to secure and manage. On top of that, the growth of hybrid work and the expanded use of different device types have increased the attack surface for organizations..."

"By 2024, at least 40% of all remote access usage will be served predominantly by zero trust network access (ZTNA), up from less than 5% at the end of 2020." -Gartner

Citrix News, October 5th, 2021
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Previewing Citrix Launchpad: Work
Over the last 18 months, we've seen companies adapt heroically and with great success to unprecedented change.
"They've moved quickly to support distributed work with cloud-based solutions that enable productivity for all work types - employees, contractors, gig workers, and others.

But this acceleration in the adoption of new work models has, in many ways, overloaded people. It has introduced complexity that can affect productivity and negate the gains that come with being more secure, more flexible, and more agile as an organization..."

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SAP News
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COVID-19: A Disruptor And A Navigator
Without question, COVID-19 is a disruptor that is challenging organizations and employees alike
"It is also an unprecedented test and navigator to every aspect of how we live and how we build a successful future of work. Marking World Mental Health Day on October 10 is a good reminder to prioritize our holistic well-being - as individuals and organizations.

Mapping the Course in Uncharted Waters

The world we currently work and live in is mostly uncharted. As humans, we like to stay in our comfort zone and these enforced changes to societal living are causing stress for many. While employee stress poses a real risk for organizations, finding the best strategies as organizations and individuals to cope with stress is also an opportunity to explore and shape the future of work..."

SAP News, October 8th, 2021
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Integrated Digital Business Networks Set To Transform Customer Satisfaction Efforts Across Industries
With a background in operations and finance, I've always viewed business decisions through the lens of data and rigorous analysis.
"Emotion seldom enters into the calculations when the equation involves enterprise software. After all, isn't operations management an extension of engineering?

That's what I thought until COVID-19 changed everything.

In March 2020, the pandemic reshaped all our lives. It also happens to be when I began leading SAP's global customer satisfaction efforts. Suddenly, for many businesses, digital infrastructure meant the difference between continuity and calamity. The pandemic thrust our SAP customer teams into helping to resolve some of the toughest challenges any of us had ever encountered. But how well suited are quantitative-oriented business leaders to respond with the empathy needed to match the moment?..."

SAP News, October 7th, 2021
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Regenerative By Design: New Video From The Circular Design Project
Recently, SAP collaborated with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the London Design Festival to bring back The Circular Design Project, a curated selection of talks, panel discussions, seminars, and supporting resources that equip the design community with the tools to drive positive environmental and social impact
"During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) week, we offered three online sessions focused on the role of design in reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. These sessions gave leaders from every industry and corner of the globe the opportunity to work together on solutions that will not only reduce negative environmental impacts, but redesign entire systems to improve the health and well-being of our planet.

Ahead of this event, Scott Russell, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and head of Customer Success, Ben Evans, London Design Festival director, and Joe Iles, Circular Design lead at Ellen MacArthur Foundation, came together to discuss the vital roles that regenerative business, innovative technology, and industry collaborations play in engaging the world's global design community to deliver the circular economy.

Here is a condensed version of their conversation..."

SAP News, October 7th, 2021
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SAP BTP Brings Business Agility Leading to Better Business Results
The pandemic has upended life - professionally and personally - and driven massive technological change over the past 18 months.
"Who knew the world would embrace new terms like 'zooming,' mRNA, and contact-tracing, while flex-scheduling has caused many businesses to think very differently about what being a digital enterprise really means.

In today's business landscape, access to high-quality data is no longer enough for companies to innovate; it is the ability to quickly respond to changing dynamics that allows enterprises to thrive. This agility to address market and global disruptions, such as changing customer needs and behaviors and evolving employee requirements, is a key indicator of future success and applies equally to small businesses and international enterprises..."

SAP News, October 7th, 2021
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Dell News
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Dell Technologies And VMware Drive Simplicity With New Multi-Cloud And Infrastructure Solutions
Collaboration shows Gen-Z that Dell XPS is the laptop for creators and changemakers.
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) announces a multi-year collaboration with creative entrepreneur, actor, and advocate, Yara Shahidi to inspire Gen-Z to use technology to drive their passions.

Shahidi brings her passion for representation of diverse, young leaders to the Dell XPS brand to advise on inclusive creative campaigns and curate forthcoming collaborations.

The new Dell XPS creative campaign, 'Expand Your YOUniverse,' features Shahidi alongside Quannah Chasinghorse and the musical artists, Aint Afraid. Amplifying leading Gen-Z voices, Yara x Dell XPS seek to inspire the next generation of changemakers through the use of technology.

Shahidi x Dell XPS will also partner with Ghetto Film School (GFS), an award-winning nonprofit founded to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of storytellers.

Dell News, October 5th, 2021
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Dell Technologies And Yara Shahidi Empower The Next Generation To Explore Their Passions
Collaboration shows Gen-Z that Dell XPS is the laptop for creators and changemakers.
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) announces a multi-year collaboration with creative entrepreneur, actor, and advocate, Yara Shahidi to inspire Gen-Z to use technology to drive their passions.

Shahidi brings her passion for representation of diverse, young leaders to the Dell XPS brand to advise on inclusive creative campaigns and curate forthcoming collaborations.

The new Dell XPS creative campaign, 'Expand Your YOUniverse,' features Shahidi alongside Quannah Chasinghorse and the musical artists, Aint Afraid. Amplifying leading Gen-Z voices, Yara x Dell XPS seek to inspire the next generation of changemakers through the use of technology.

Dell News, October 6th, 2021
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HPE News
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Cardnet Selects HPE Greenlake To Provide A Secure, Scalable Platform For Digital Payments And Support Progression To Cashless Society
CARDNET needed to modernize its settlement platform to meet the rapid growth in transaction volumes, as consumers and businesses increasingly favor online and digital transactions
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that CARDNET, Japan's leading credit card payment network, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to deliver a robust, agile cloud service and support the growing demand for digital payment and settlement services in Japan. The new HPE cloud service will deliver increased performance, capacity and availability to address the unpredictable market movements and the accelerated uptake of online payments.
HPE News, October 7th, 2021
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Global Airports Group, Daa, Flies Through COVID-19 Turbulence With HPE Greenlake
HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform brings performance and capacity to mission-critical operational services at Dublin and Cork airports, while pay-as-you-go model was beneficial during pandemic slowdown
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that daa, the Ireland-based global airports group, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform for a major performance and capacity upgrade to its mission critical operational services. All of the airport operators 'Gold Services' - passenger and baggage handling, security systems, business intelligence, and retail operations - have migrated to the HPE GreenLake platform running from daa's two data centers. This significant upgrade was achieved with no upfront investment and on a pay-as-you-go model, which helped daa manage, predict, and control costs and spend during the pandemic.
HPE News, October 6th, 2021
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HP News
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HP Earns Distinguished Certification For Supply Chain Security
Addresses growing demand for end-to-end print security solutions for hybrid workforces
"In celebration of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (U.S.), HP Inc. announced its enterprise printers and Original HP cartridges are now ISO/IEC 20243 certified. Granted by The Open Group, the ISO/IEC 20243 standard is a set of requirements and recommendations for mitigating maliciously tainted and counterfeit products. By earning this certification, HP is ensuring its enterprise printers and Original HP cartridges follow best practices for global supply chain security throughout the product lifecycle.

The shift to hybrid work models is creating new, emerging and more frequent threats. In fact, an HP study found that 45% of IT decision makers reported evidence of compromised printers being used as an attack point over the last year as remote work increased. Keeping company devices, networks and data secure has become an immense challenge for IT departments navigating this new model of working..."

HP News, October 7th, 2021
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Leave Lost PC Security Worries Behind With HP Wolf Protect And Trace Service
With the hybrid workforce here to stay for many companies, employees are working from more diverse locations than ever before. This makes it critical for IT to have the right security in place to protect employee devices and sensitive company data.
"The true risk with a lost or stolen PC isn't just the hardware cost and lost productivity. The average cost of data breach from a lost or stolen laptop has surpassed $4 million globally and can top over $9 million in the US.1 Malicious actors can wreak havoc on your corporate network and gain access to valuable company IP faster than it typically takes an organization to identify and contain a breach, which is over nine and a half months.

Hybrid work environments will only continue to exacerbate this threat. With the reality of only 1 in 3 remote workers having a dedicated home office space,3 and the expanded availability of public internet access expected over the next four years, a recent HP Wolf Security study found that 81% of IT managers feel that the flexibility allowed by remote work significantly increases the threat of corporate network breaches.5 But what if your IT team had a way to stop a breach on a missing device in its tracks, or prevent it before it even had a chance to begin?..."

HP News, October 7th, 2021
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IBM News
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IBM And YMCA Of Metropolitan Los Angeles Collaborate To Empower And Inform Voters With New Tech Solution For Underrepresented Communities
Open source Call for Code for Racial Justice solution "Five Fifths Voter" deploys during National Voter Education Week to help educate voters and make their voices heard
IBM and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles announced during National Voter Education Week the deployment of a new solution designed to help improve awareness of local, statewide, and national issues in communities lacking traditional access to and education about voting. Five Fifths Voter is a web-based application built using open source-powered technology to help educate, empower and enable disenfranchised minority voters to overcome setbacks incurred by voter suppression...
IBM News, October 5th, 2021
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IBM Signs Five-Year Agreement With Honda Motor Europe Ltd To Integrate And Manage Its Finance And Procurement Operations
IBM to lay the foundations for Honda's end-to-end "Zero Touch" ambitions
IBM and Honda Motor Europe announced a five-year agreement under which IBM plans to manage and run Honda's finance and procurement operations across Europe. The contract is designed to deliver integrated end-to-end service which can help Honda improve efficiency, reduce costs, standardise processes across its European operations and ultimately set it on course to a "Zero Touch" vision.

The contract extends an existing ten-year relationship by giving IBM Global Business Services additional responsibility for procurement operations. The fully integrated finance and procurement intelligent workflow is designed to help enable cost savings, productivity improvements and improved service levels to Honda's suppliers and customers, on a resilient platform...

IBM News, October 6th, 2021
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When It Comes To Cybersecurity, There Is Strength In Partners
"Businesses and government share a collective responsibility to collaborate on preventing cyberattacks that could have a devastating impact or prompt national or global crises."
"There is an old saying with a timeless instruction: "If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together." As Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks into high gear, it's critical to remember the key role that public / private partnership and collaboration will play in the security of our critical infrastructure.

As the former chief information officer (CIO) for the Department of Defense (DoD), I've thought a lot about the unique benefits that focused collaboration can bring. During my tenure, I collaborated with my team and across the armed forces to create a unified information management and technology vision for the Department. But technology was the easy part. When it came to cybersecurity, I knew that the latest technologies weren't the only answer. The constantly changing, interconnected and ubiquitous nature of the cybersecurity challenge also requires a change in culture..."

IBM News, October 7th, 2021
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Lenovo News
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Creating A Smarter, More Inclusive Future For All
At Lenovo, we have a vision to provide smarter technology that builds a smarter, more inclusive future for our colleagues and communities
"During Global Diversity Awareness Month, we're excited to announce new goals that build on the accomplishments of 2020 and seek to increase diversity in our leadership while fostering more inclusion in our workplace and products.

In 2020, my predecessor and Lenovo's first Chief Diversity Officer, Yolanda Conyers, led the company to success with our first generation of workforce diversity goals. After achieving 21% representation of women executives and 29% representation of U.S. underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in our executive ranks, I have taken 2021 to reassess, align with our Diversity & Inclusion board of executives, and analyze our progress toward a more inclusive future. In my first few quarters as Chief Diversity Officer, I'm proud to carry on the legacy of my predecessor and share our next generation of diversity and inclusion goals..."

Lenovo News, October 8th, 2021
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How Smart Home Technology Empowers And Creates Independence
Smart home technology has come a long way in recent years. Living in a 'smart home' can provide a convenient and high-end experience
"Being able to turn on and off the lights with a voice command, adjusting the thermostat right from your smartphone, or answering the front door from anywhere in the house - smart devices make simple tasks even more seamless for many people.

However, these 'simple' tasks are not simple for everyone. When you think of those who are living with accessibility and dexterity challenges, smart technology can be a big game-changer in making them feel more independent and empowered in their homes..."

Lenovo News, October 6th, 2021
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United Way Strengthens Innovative Learning Opportunities For Stem In Latin America
The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the role of technology in education
"As hybrid and remote learning became essential for many to stay safe, United Way of Latin America & The Caribbean and Lenovo partnered to provide quality resources that bridge the education gap in the region.

Together, United Way and Lenovo created a plan to impact more than 12,000 students and 500 teachers across six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The plan is focused on combatting two issues in education: student dropout rates and equipping the next generation with the right skills to join the workforce..."

Lenovo News, October 7th, 2021
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Microsoft News
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Accelerate Miami-Dade Aimed At Tackling Unemployment In The County With New Opportunities For Underserved Communities
Coalition of public and private partnerships to address Miami-Dade's needs for economic growth and jobs through digital skilling
Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with private- and public-sector partners, announced the launch of Accelerate Miami-Dade. The program aims to provide a pathway from skilling to employment for Miami-Dade residents to bridge the digital skills divide and route people to diverse and equitable hiring and re-employment opportunities. Job seekers in Miami-Dade can start their journey toward their career reinvigoration today, with programs, events and opportunities available now at aka.ms/AccelerateMiamiDade.
Microsoft News, October 7th, 2021
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Microsoft Acquires Ally.Io To Improve Employee Experience By Aligning People'S Work With Team Goals And Company Mission
We are pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Ally.io to help revolutionize how organizations use technology to bring deeper connection to work, purpose and results in the hybrid world
"Ally.io, a leading OKR (objectives and key results) company, will join the Microsoft Viva family as part of our employee experience platform (EXP) designed to help companies embrace the new digital work life.

Aligning employee work to the company's strategic mission and core priorities is top of mind for every organization. To do this, leaders need to invest in tools that communicate transparency around big company bets and create ways to cascade aspirational goals and report results at all levels of an organization. When teams see how they are delivering impact, employees stay more engaged, focused and driven in achieving both company growth and their own personal fulfillment..."

Microsoft News, October 7th, 2021
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Nutanix News
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Nutanix Is Named For The First Time In 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Distributed Files And Objects Storage As A Visionary
Company Recognized for its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision
Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, announced today it has been named as a Visionary in Gartner, Inc.'s October 2021 Magic Quadrant for Distributed Files and Objects Storage; this is the first time the company has been recognized in this report. Nutanix believes that the company continues to expand the use cases for its technology and the inclusion in this Magic Quadrant demonstrates how Nutanix addresses additional critical functionality for enterprises.
Nutanix News, October 6th, 2021
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Oracle News
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Most Communications Service Providers Feel Unprepared To Charge For 5G Services
Oracle survey finds that vast majority of CSPs planning to launch 5G networks within the year still don't have the technology needed to monetize these offerings
"A new Oracle Communications survey shows that while 73% of communications service providers (CSPs) plan to launch 5G networks by 2022, 94% have challenges with their existing charging systems. As these CSPs look to monetize everything from streaming videos and network slicing to eHealth and virtual gaming, they worry their outdated charging systems will hinder customer experience, performance, and the ability to get new offerings to market quickly..."
Oracle News, October 6th, 2021
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Oracle Cloud Helps K-12 Schools Better Support Students And Staff
Better use of data and more efficient operations enables schools to simplify business processes, maximize resources, and reduce costs
"K-12 school systems across the U.S. are adopting Oracle Cloud to simplify business processes, maximize resources, and better manage and support students and staff.

With fluctuating budgets and federal and state-wide guidelines, institutions are seeking ways to do more with less without jeopardizing the quality of their educational offerings. By streamlining finance, HR, and data management processes in the cloud, K-12 school systems are improving efficiencies and reducing costs..."

Oracle News, October 5th, 2021
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Oracle Promotes Responsible Use Of AI In Financial Institutions
New governance capabilities for financial crime and compliance management help banks boost the transparency and fairness of AI models to help address regulatory obligations
"A recent World Economic Forum survey found that 85% of financial institutions have implemented AI, but some still have concerns about its use. To help financial institutions apply AI responsibly, Oracle has added new AI governance capabilities to its Oracle Financial Services Compliance Studio application. With a new visualization canvas that fosters more inclusive machine learning model creation, alerts for potentially sensitive issues, and new in-memory sandboxes to more easily create and refine models, banks can help weed out bias and uncertainty in applying the power of AI to fight money laundering and other financial crimes. These new model management and governance capabilities will also soon be implemented with PwC's Model Edge solution..."
Oracle News, October 4th, 2021
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Oracle, TIM (Telecom Italia) And Noovle Announce Joint Plan To Offer Multicloud Services In Italy
Companies aim to accelerate digital transformation of Italian enterprises and public sector organizations
"Oracle, TIM (Telecom Italia) and Noovle, TIM Group's cloud company, today announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement as part of a plan to offer multicloud services for enterprises and public sector organizations in Italy.

Under the agreement, TIM Group plans to utilize advanced cloud infrastructure technologies to support its goal of advancing Italy's digital modernization and establishing its position, through Noovle, as the market reference point for enterprise multicloud services in the country..."

Oracle News, October 8th, 2021
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Red Hat News
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Architecting The Way: Julio Villarreal Pelegrino
A fear of failure can stymie an organization's transformation efforts. Transformation isn't just about technology. Culture and process are integral components, and change to one or both can create fear in an organization
"Julio Villarreal Pelegrino, distinguished architect, hybrid cloud, at Red Hat advises, "Don't be afraid to fail. Fail fast and fail often, but learn from failure, incorporate the lessons learned, and share the feedback."

Pelegrino is a part of the first batch of Distinguished Architects at Red Hat: Senior-level technical contributors who've continued to advance in their careers working directly with customers and applying experience and knowledge of Red Hat technologies..."

Red Hat News, October 7th, 2021
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Davie Street Enterprises Leaps Into Industry 4.0 With Edge Technologies
Davie Street Enterprises (DSE), our fictional case study company with real-world problems, has made significant progress in its modernization efforts in this past year.
"The company has automated a large part of its IT infrastructure and has completely revamped its development processes using DevSecOps.

It has also rebuilt the Parts and Supply (PAS) system to allow for more efficient supply chain management. With these successes behind it, DSE is feeling a little more confident in its plans to transform the company.

However, it looks ahead soberly and sees some very big challenges in modernizing its warehouse operations and is not sure how to address them. In this post, we'll share how DSE plans to add predictive maintenance capabilities with Red Hat and an ecosystem of vendors, and begin its path toward Industry 4.0..."

Red Hat News, October 6th, 2021
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Friday Five - October 8, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.
  • Vodafone Ziggo Calls on Red Hat to Help Power 5G and IT Application Innovation
  • SDxCentral - Bharti Airtel CTO: '5G Is a Tough Use Case'
  • In community we trust: Open source software and supply chain security
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Beta now available
  • From RHEL to hybrid cloud services: How Red Hat partners are navigating a changing industry

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Red Hat News, October 8th, 2021
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Beta Is Now Available
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.5 Beta is full of improvements, new features and is easier for RHEL users to access and test out.
"This release brings live kernel patching to the web console, a number of system roles and management enhancements, and removes the requirement to explicitly ask for beta access.

A number of the new features and enhancements in this release are a direct response to customer requests. This release continues the 6-month release cadence Red Hat announced at the beginning of the RHEL 8 cycle, providing users with a predictable and reliable release schedule..."

Red Hat News, October 6th, 2021
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The Future Of Connected Cloud Architecture
The pandemic has shown us how fragile our infrastructure services and resilience can be, when faced with a loss of access to datacenter resources, either by way of physical or remote access through reliance on outsourced providers
"That's why at the height of the pandemic last year, we witnessed a significant rethink about the pace at which we move applications and data to the cloud. A major health insurer in Australia whom I spoke to recently said they have moved more data to the cloud than ever before in order to have the capabilities for a remote and diverse team to be able to work on solving digital business use cases.

We've also arrived at a juncture where cloud-centric technologies are the foundation for all infrastructure, be it from a cloud provider, or in an in-house infrastructure refresh or modernization program. Thanks to open source technologies, there is much more confidence in the ability to design portable and deployable workloads into modern infrastructure at higher densities, configurations and at the speed of software code...."

Red Hat News, October 7th, 2021
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PeopleTek News
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Are You In The Position To Accept A New Job?
You like the company you're currently working for. There are great benefits, your skills are adding value, your work ethics are a good fit, and now you've been recognized for your contributions and are being offered a promotion
"You say 'yes', and your boss says 'not so fast'. What?

If you are offered a job change internally (could be a promotion or a lateral move that suits your career plan), could your boss hold you back? What if there's no one to fill your position and the work must be done? It does not happen often, but it does occur, and your move could be held up.

As a leader, if key members of your team are aspiring to do more, (ex. get promoted or enhance their skills by joining another team), are you prepared to replace them?

It's a good idea to have serious chats not just related to development planning, but also about career desires and succession planning..."

PeopleTek News, October 5th, 2021
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