Wed.Feb 14, 2024

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Prioritizing AI? Don’t shortchange IT fundamentals

CIO

Generative AI continues to dominate IT projects for many organizations, with two thirds of business leaders telling a Harris Poll they’ve already deployed generative AI tools internally, and IDC predicting spend on gen AI will more than double in 2024. But the usual laundry list of priorities for IT hasn’t gone away. Fundamentals like security, cost control, identity management, container sprawl, data management, and hardware refreshes remain key strategic areas for CIOs to deal with.

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Don’t get lost in your plans

Xebia

Today I got a call from a customer who is trying to understand what’s going on in their teams and is getting lost among the many different Features and Product Backlog Items on their boards. There are 2 things going on at this customer. They’re changing how they use their tools to better fit their needs. They’re changing their delivery process to improve collaboration in and among teams.

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CIO

デジタル技術を活用してビジネスモデルを変革し、企業の競争上の優位性を確立するDX(デジタルトランスフォーメーション)を進めていくうえでAIを活用する企業が増えてきている。 AI活用することでビックデータの分析や分析結果に基づく予測を自動化することが可能になるだけでなく、事業戦略の立案や業務効率化の有効なツールにもなるからだ。 ATMサービスの変革によって現金だけでなく情報の出し入れができる「プラットフォーム」づくりに力を入れるセブン銀行はAIモデル(機械学習モデル)・データを活用し、2つの改革を進めている。   一つはATMやセブン&アイグループのデータを使って新しい商品やサービスを開発したり、潜在的な顧客ニーズを発掘したりして収益拡大につなげる「データビジネス」の領域。 そしてもう一つは各事業部門などが持つ社内データをAIで分析し業務の効率化を図る「データ経営」の領域だ。

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Pig Butchering Scam: From Tinder and TikTok to WhatsApp and Telegram, How Scammers Are Stealing Millions in a Long Con

Tenable

In part one of a two-part series on Pig butchering, we detail the pervasive scam that has impacted thousands of victims around the world, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. This blog highlights the who and the how of pig butchering scams, and details the pig butchering playbook. Background Pig butchering — a translation of the Chinese phrase “Shāzhūpán” (Sha Zhu Pan) used to describe a type of financial scam — has enabled scammers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.

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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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5 modi in cui i CIO possono aiutare l’IA generativa a raggiungere il suo momento di gloria

CIO

La rapida adozione e il processo di democratizzazione che sta interessando l’IA generativa sono stati paragonati all’avvento della lampadina, che ha fatto lo stesso per l’elettricità, quasi 150 anni fa: la sua invenzione, avvenuta nel 1879, decenni dopo l’invenzione dell’elettricità (1831), ha portato a un radicale cambiamento nella vita per masse di individui e aziende, così come la gen AI sta facendo, oggi, per l’intelligenza artificiale.

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Mapping the progress of Air New Zealand’s digital rebuild

CIO

As a household name in international air carriers, Air New Zealand is used to punching above its weight, mainly due to being so remotely based; if you draw 1,200-mile line from Auckland, you don’t even get to the east coast of Australia. So meeting challenges to compete is nothing new, but business all but came to a halt during the pandemic in 2020.

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Pig Butchering Scam: How Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Spot Gold (XAUUSD) Investments Are Used in Romance Scams to Steal Hundreds of Millions

Tenable

This is the second part of a two-part series based on firsthand research into pig butchering scams from the end of 2022 into early 2024. In this post, we delve into the types of investment scams perpetrated by pig butchers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from victims, including in the form of cryptocurrency and spot gold. Tenable researchers Jessie Jamieson and Ziga Cerkovnik assisted this research through compiling and analyzing Ethereum blockchain transaction data associated with the

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How can businesses prepare their workforce to have the digital skills of tomorrow’s AI-powered workplace?

CIO

While the past few years have left us with a business landscape scarred by the impact of economic and geopolitical uncertainties, the current AI movement has become a rocket ship for significant transformative changes set to accelerate new opportunities. Alongside this AI buzz is the exponential data growth within every enterprise; studies show that global data creation is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes by 2025.

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New with Confluent Platform: Seamless Migration Off ZooKeeper, Arm64 Support, and More

Confluent

Confluent Platform 7.6 brings upgrading for existing clusters from ZooKeeper to KRaft, compaction support for Tiered Storage, OAuth (early access), improvements to the Oracle CDC premium connector, and more.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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Pro Sports Has a Piracy Problem

Harvard Business Review

Piracy poses a growing challenge to all sorts of digital media and entertainment companies, but it’s particularly acute for companies that own the rights to sports broadcasts, because efforts to shut down pirated broadcasts often take longer than the broadcasts actually last. New research suggests, however, that there are effective ways to discourage the use of pirated broadcasts and boost payment for legal ones.

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Perficient’s Thoughts on use of GenAI in Commerce Solutions

Perficient

Revolutionizing B2C Commerce: The Impact of Generative AI In the dynamic landscape of commerce and consumer-driven markets, Business-to-Consumer (B2C) organizations are increasingly turning to generative AI to revolutionize their operations and enhance customer experiences. Generative AI, a subset of artificial intelligence, empowers these organizations to create content, personalize interactions, and optimize various aspects of their business processes.

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Nations Agree to Reign in Commercial Spyware- How Serious Are They?

Ooda Loop

ecently, more than 35 nations have signed a new international agreement to collaborate on reigning in the “hacker for hire” commercial market, in which private interests sell tools and services to support offensive cyber activities.

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Build generative AI chatbots using prompt engineering with Amazon Redshift and Amazon Bedrock

AWS Machine Learning - AI

With the advent of generative AI solutions, organizations are finding different ways to apply these technologies to gain edge over their competitors. Intelligent applications, powered by advanced foundation models (FMs) trained on huge datasets, can now understand natural language, interpret meaning and intent, and generate contextually relevant and human-like responses.

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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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Globalization Transformed: Where Should Your Organization “Nearshore” and/or “Friendshore”?

Ooda Loop

Various perspectives - on Latin American nearshoring and Indo-Pacific "friendshoring" with allied nations in an effort to secure and shorten global supply chains - as well as the emergence of "China +1" - four emergent manufacturing hubs - can be found here in this post.

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Nudging Employees to Make More Sustainable Choices

Harvard Business Review

Decarbonization efforts across various sectors have affected the car industry tremendously — especially sports car manufacturers. At Porsche, efforts such as the development of the electric Taycan in 2019 have begun to disrupt a “petrol head” culture enamored with the Porsche’s traditional, distinctive flat-six engine. The company itself has endeavored to encourage “employee sustainable behaviors,” such as the voluntary adoption of electric vehicles for employees eligible for company cars.

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A milestone in cloud security: Lacework achieves IRAP certification

Lacework

With breaches becoming more frequent and impactful, businesses across Australia need verified and reliable security measures to protect their data in the cloud. Lacework is proud to announce that our cloud security platform has achieved the Infosec Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) certification, marking a pivotal moment in our commitment to advancing cloud security standards.

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Safer Client-Side Instrumentation with Honeycomb’s Ingest-Only API Keys

Honeycomb

We’re delighted to introduce our new Ingest API Keys, a significant step toward enabling all Honeycomb customers to manage their observability complexity simply, efficiently, and securely. Ingest Keys are currently available for Environment & Services customers, with Classic support and programmatic key management capabilities under development and coming soon!

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Snap Trap: The Hidden Dangers Within Ubuntu's Package Suggestion System

Aqua Security

Aqua Nautilus researchers have identified a security issue that arises from the interaction between Ubuntu's command-not-found package and the snap package repository. While command-not-found serves as a convenient tool for suggesting installations for uninstalled commands, it can be inadvertently manipulated by attackers through the snap repository, leading to deceptive recommendations of malicious packages.

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Future of Software Development

Dzone - DevOps

The landscape of software development is constantly evolving, with emerging technologies reshaping the way applications are built and deployed. Among the most notable trends gaining traction is serverless architecture , offering developers a paradigm shift in how they approach application development. In this article, we delve into the world of serverless architecture, exploring its key concepts, benefits, and implications for the future of software development.

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Crunchbase Monthly Recap: Venture Investors Keep The Brakes On For The First Month Of 2024 

Crunchbase News

By all accounts, venture funding will continue to be constrained in 2024 unless the IPO market bursts open with a lineup of companies that slowed their exit plans over the past two years. The subdued funding climate was evident in January. Global startup funding for the first month of the year reached close to $22 billion — slightly below the monthly average for 2023 — according to an analysis of Crunchbase data.

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Leveraging Azure Cloud and Docker for ASP.NET Core Projects: A Comprehensive Guide for Businesses

Dzone - DevOps

Businesses are constantly seeking robust, scalable, and efficient solutions to develop, deploy, and manage their applications. Microsoft's Azure Cloud services, along with Docker support for ASP.NET Core, present a compelling proposition for those aiming to enhance their project development lifecycle. This guide explores the integration of Azure Cloud and Docker for ASP.NET Core projects and elucidates why businesses should consider this powerful combination for their ventures.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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5 things to consider before you deploy an LLM

InfoWorld

If the screwdriver were invented by the tech industry today, then it would be widely deployed for a variety of tasks, including hammering nails. Since the debut of ChatGPT , there has been a growing fervor and backlash against large language models (LLMs). Indeed, many adaptations of the technology seem misappropriated, and its capabilities are overhyped, given its frequent lack of veracity.

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How companies are using AI to spy on Slack

The Hustle

It should be an inalienable right to message your co-worker the eye roll emoji whenever your other co-worker does something cringe on Zoom. It is the glue that binds. However, several employers are now using an AI-powered app to analyze and monitor messages across Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other platforms. What spy is this? It’s called Aware, an Ohio-based startup that launched in 2017, per CNBC , and its clients include Nestle, Walmart, Delta Air Lines, and Starbucks.

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Reactive magic in Svelte 5: Understanding Runes

InfoWorld

Svelte 5 brings improvements under the hood—namely functional components and the adoption of signals—but is otherwise a mostly incremental update. The one exception is the new Runes feature, which introduces a host of ideas for dealing with reactivity in a more modular, succinct, and fine-grained way. In this article, you'll get a hands-on introduction to the main runes shipping with Svelte 5: $state() , $derived() , $props() , $inspectI() , and $effect().

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AI’s newest use case: Bedbug detection

The Hustle

Even reading the word “bedbugs” is enough to make you itchy. And finding the little creatures in your hotel sheets — like what happened last fall in Paris — is a real-life nightmare that’s becoming more common. Luckily, it’s AI to the rescue. Spotta, a UK-based company founded in 2017, is developing tech to spot bedbugs on hotel mattresses and put a stop to outbreaks, per Hotel Dive.

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“Build vs Buy Analytics?” The Question ALL SaaS Leaders Need to Answer in 2024

As a SaaS leader, you know that the more metrics, insights, and analytics you add to your products, the more engagement you’ll have – and the stickier your product will become with customers. At what point do you decide to keep building your analytics in-house or invest in an embedded analytics solution? Read our Build vs. Buy Analytics guide to learn: Top 4 benefits of embedded analytics A quick cost comparison of in-house analytics development vs embedded analytics 10 considerations to help yo

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Microsoft kicks off.NET 9

InfoWorld

Microsoft’s upcoming.NET 9 release, a planned major update to the company’s cross-platform development platform, will focus on the development of cloud-native and AI-powered applications, the company said in a bulletin on February 13. For cloud-native developers, Microsoft will aim at improving runtime performance, application monitoring, and delivering “paved paths” to popular production infrastructure and services.

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Article: Multiplying Engineering Productivity in the Face of Constant Change

InfoQ Culture Methods

Leaders know that they need to support organizational efficiency, but how they do that ca vary based on the situation and context of the organization. Learning how to utilize a few key leadership frameworks in certain environments can help maintain the appropriate level of support, urgency, and independence when situations shift.

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How to get started with Python

InfoWorld

Python is often described as an easy language—both easy to learn and easy to use. Python makes it easy to develop powerful software for an enormous variety of applications. But it can be as difficult to get started with Python as with any other programming language. Every choice you make will matter. The Python operating system and runtime you use will matter, as will the IDE or editor you use to write your code.

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