Thu.Mar 28, 2024

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Why Playing It Safe Is the Riskiest Strategic Choice

Harvard Business Review

In the current era of digital disruption, the pace of change has dramatically accelerated, leaving traditional risk management wisdom lacking. Across a variety of industries, technology-enabled disruptors have changed the rules. Many brands that moved cautiously have dramatically increased their risk of irrelevance or set themselves on a path to extinction.

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7 tips for leading without authority

CIO

Leading a technical workforce requires a rapidly changing skillset. Gone are the days when your title allowed you to boss everyone around, rule with an iron fist, and expect a successful outcome. The mood of leadership now is all about collaboration, mutual elevation, and leading without authority. Even if you have a job title where you could reasonably expect everyone who reports to you to do as you say, command-and-control leadership no longer has a reasonable shelf life.

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Joining LinkedIn

Martin Fowler

As the enmuskification of Twitter continues, I’ve increasingly heard that more people are using LinkedIn to keep up with new professional material. So, a couple of weeks ago, I set up my LinkedIn account , so people can follow me on that platform. I’ve always avoided LinkedIn - I’ve found the whole vibe of connections rather off-putting. I get too much spam from people wanting to connect as it is.

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Swiss Federal Railways CIO relies more on AI than concrete

CIO

Railway construction couldn’t be more laborious than in Switzerland, as the country consists almost exclusively of mountains, most of which are now spanned with bridges and riddled with holes, like the famous local cheese. The rail network is also the densest in Europe to the point where it can no longer be expanded because all the necessary areas are already fully utilized.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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API Security is More Than Testing

Xebia

API Security doesn’t start with penetration testing. This isn’t to say testing isn’t important – it is! And at multiple phases. It isn’t always feasible to cover every single security scenario, but the most important ones should be considered. This is why it’s important for the business to understand what can go wrong, when, and how to get ahead of these issues as early as possible.

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Platform Engineering Essentials: 5 Key Learnings Before You Start

Xebia

Are you starting on your platform engineering journey? Are you looking at how to create a successful platform with lasting value? Do you want to get people to come along on the journey? Platform engineering can help organizations reduce cognitive load for development teams, and create a significant improvement in developer experience (DevEx) as well as several other areas.

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NetSuite adds more Text Enhance gen AI capabilities

CIO

NetSuite is expanding on the generative AI capabilities added to its SaaS-based ERP offerings in October last year. The new capabilities, which include incremental feature additions to its Text Enhance offering and two new connectors for its analytics warehouse and point of sale (POS) offerings, were announced on Thursday at the company’s SuiteConnect event in New York.

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What happens when you mess up data modeling?

Xebia

There has been an uptick in discussions surrounding the modern data stack, data mesh and self-service promising to solve many of your company’s data problems. However, in Xebia Data’s Analytics Engineering team’s day-to-day work for clients, we still see small and large companies struggling to address most of the core concepts. It’s great that data analytics is now more accessible than ever for anyone to get involved in due to all of these new tools, but this has a lot of

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4 lessons healthcare can teach us about successful applications of AI

CIO

There’s been no shortage of new tools, claims, and ideas about what generative AI can, cannot, and should not do over the past year. And despite the hype, there are only a handful of successful real-world enterprise projects applying the technology. The healthcare industry is the exception, with a breadth of generative AI use cases under its belt. From using large language models (LLMs) for clinical decision support, patient journey trajectories, and efficient medical documentation, to enabling

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Top 5 Challenges in Designing a Data Warehouse for Multi-Tenant Analytics

Multi-tenant architecture allows software vendors to realize tremendous efficiencies by maintaining a single application stack instead of separate database instances while meeting data privacy needs. When you use a data warehouse to power your multi-tenant analytics, the proper approach is vital. Multi-tenant analytics is NOT the primary use case with traditional data warehouses, causing data security challenges.

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How Gamification Can Boost Employee Engagement

Harvard Business Review

Employee disengagement is a persistent problem, and attempts to inject excitement often fall flat. However, gamification — using elements of games to motivate — has serious potential when thoughtfully executed. This article explores the psychology behind gamification, successful examples, and how to leverage probabilistic rewards (like lotteries tied to performance) to increase employee motivation.

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Prepping for the post-CIO chapter of a storied career

CIO

It seems every week I’m on the phone with a CIO or other technology executive who’s either contemplating, on the verge of, or has recently gone through the process of retiring. Most struggle with it. They’ve been so heads-down doing the work that they’ve failed to properly and intentionally prepare themselves for this next chapter. On a recent episode of the Tech Whisperers podcast , I sat down with two former technology executives who’ve transitioned to “Chapter 2” in their career journeys wit

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Getting Your Company’s Data Program Back on Track

Harvard Business Review

Many senior managers find themselves wondering: If data is such a game changer, why is it so hard to extract any value from it? For companies struggling to actually see results from their data program, it might be time to make a fresh start. There are three important issues managers need to understand as they restart: 1) Too many companies have made the mistake of viewing data as a technology problem, but data is a management problem, and it cannot be solved with technology alone. 2) Many compan

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Robust remote access security for the utilities sector advances with Zero Trust

CIO

Cyberattacks on utilities more than doubled from 2020 to 2022. It’s likely the case that the rapid growth of connected assets is outstripping security capabilities. One analyst firm predicts that by 2026, industrial organizations will have more than 15 billion new and legacy assets connected to the cloud, internet, and 5G. Security and IT leaders at utilities should consider a Zero Trust approach as they confront this threat.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Advanced RAG patterns on Amazon SageMaker

AWS Machine Learning - AI

Today, customers of all industries—whether it’s financial services, healthcare and life sciences, travel and hospitality, media and entertainment, telecommunications, software as a service (SaaS), and even proprietary model providers—are using large language models (LLMs) to build applications like question and answering (QnA) chatbots, search engines, and knowledge bases.

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China’s WuXi AppTec shared US client’s data with Beijing, US intelligence officials told senators

Ooda Loop

In February, US Intelligence officials informed senators that the Chinese pharmaceutical firm WuXi AppTec had given China U.S. intellectual property without permission.

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Made in Tandem Named a 2024 SIIA CODiE Award Finalist

Tandem

Made in Tandem has been named a 2024 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Human Capital or Talent Management Solution category. Tandem’s nomination specifically recognizes the work done to modernize MIRS, the MEPCOM (Military Entrance Processing Command) Integrated Resource System, a software system used to track U.S. military applicants during their enlistment process.

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Enriched Wi-Fi Performance Through Wi-Fi Multimedia

CableLabs

Network service providers and application developers both work to provide their users with the best possible quality of experience (QoE) for their respective services. Although many segments of the service/application layer of end-to-end networks are out of the operator’s control, the segments between the user’s device and the internet are not. One such critical and consistent segment within the home network is Wi-Fi — the preferred and most commonly used network access technology in the home.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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To Devin or Not to Devin?

DevOps.com

Cognition Labs' Devin is creating a lot of buzz in the industry, but John Willis urges organizations to proceed with caution.

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Data Architecture and Strategy in the AI Era

Cloudera

At a time when AI is exploding in popularity and finding its way into nearly every facet of business operations, data has arguably never been more valuable. More recently, that value has been made clear by the emergence of AI-powered technologies like generative AI (GenAI) and the use of Large Language Models (LLMs). But, even with the backdrop of an AI-dominated future, many organizations still find themselves struggling with everything from managing data volumes and complexity to security conc

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Efficient continual pre-training LLMs for financial domains

AWS Machine Learning - AI

Large language models (LLMs) are generally trained on large publicly available datasets that are domain agnostic. For example, Meta’s Llama models are trained on datasets such as CommonCrawl , C4 , Wikipedia, and ArXiv. These datasets encompass a broad range of topics and domains. Although the resulting models yield amazingly good results for general tasks, such as text generation and entity recognition, there is evidence that models trained with domain-specific datasets can further improve LLM

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The Technology of Ethereum Will revolutionize how businesses are run and enable more economic freedom for individuals

Ooda Loop

This is a review of what I see of the technology in the Ethereum ecosystem and some of the use cases it addresses today.

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How to Migrate From DataStax Enterprise to Instaclustr Managed Apache Cassandra

If you’re considering migrating from DataStax Enterprise (DSE) to open source Apache Cassandra®, our comprehensive guide is tailored for architects, engineers, and IT directors. Whether you’re motivated by cost savings, avoiding vendor lock-in, or embracing the vibrant open-source community, Apache Cassandra offers robust value. Transition seamlessly to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra with our expert insights, ensuring zero downtime during migration.

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Microsoft.NET 7 support ends in May

InfoWorld

NET 7 , a version Microsoft’s open-source, cross-platform application framework that was released in November 2022, will reach its end of support on May 14, 2024, Microsoft said on March 27. After May 14, Microsoft will no longer provide servicing updates including technical support or security fixes. Developers will need to update to.NET 8 , released in November 2023, to continue to receive support.NET 7 is a Standard Term Support release, which receives support for 18 months.

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FTX Founder Bankman-Fried Sentenced To 25 Years For Fraud, Conspiracy

Crunchbase News

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday on seven criminal charges — two counts of fraud and five counts of conspiracy — related to the collapse of his crypto exchange and related hedge fund. The sentence was significantly less than the 110-year maximum he faced and the 40 to 50 years prosecutors were seeking. Nevertheless, it is substantially more than the handful of years Bankman-Fried’s attorneys were seeking.

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Snowflake’s Data Clean Room promises to ease analysis of PII data

InfoWorld

Snowflake on Thursday said it was making its Data Clean Room application generally available for free in the Snowflake Marketplace. The application, which was built on Snowflake’s Native Application Framework, will allow customers to set up data clean rooms at no additional cost, the company said. Introduced in 2022, Snowflake’s Native Application Framework offers developers the ability to build and run applications inside the Snowflake Data Cloud platform, without the need to move data when bui

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How A Product Video Can Increase Your Chances Of Raising Pre-Seed Investment

Crunchbase News

By Darya Sesitskaya Midjourney is a self-funded company with 11 full-time employees. Mailchimp started as a side project — originally meant to be a support tool for the web design services the founders were offering clients. Startups like these have inspired us, showing that it’s possible to start building revenue at an early stage. This eliminates the need to immediately jump into fundraising your pre-seed round, which by itself has become more challenging.

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How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, app owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework from Software Pricing Partners explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings. You’ll learn: How to take a disciplined approach to pricing The three elements of the Packaging Decision Framework Ways to structure your new embedded analytics offering Download the White Paper to learn about How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics.

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JDK 22: An average Java release, sort of

InfoWorld

With atomic clock-like regularity, the latest version of Java, JDK 22 , was released last week. Although this is not a long-term support (LTS) release, there is nothing to stop you from using it in production, and it contains some interesting new features. Let’s dive in and see what this brings us. New features for the Java platform are defined through JDK Enhancement Proposals (JEPs), and JDK 22 contains 12 of these.

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Enterprise Migration to Azure: Part 1

QBurst

Migrating legacy infrastructure to the cloud is not an easy feat. However challenging the process, migration makes a lot of business sense, given the unmatched efficiency and scalability of the cloud. This is the cloud adoption success story of one of our clients. The journey is explained in three parts, starting with this post, where […] The post Enterprise Migration to Azure: Part 1 appeared first on QBurst Blog.

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Using Microsoft’s Retina to monitor Kubernetes networks

InfoWorld

Kubernetes plays an important role at Microsoft. The container management system is a foundational piece of the company’s many clouds, from Microsoft 365 and Xbox, to Azure, to partners like OpenAI that use Microsoft’s Kubernetes to host their own services. As a result, Microsoft has invented many of its own Kubernetes management tools. These include Kaito for deploying AI inferencing workloads and Fleet for large-scale management of Kubernetes clusters.

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