Mon.Apr 01, 2024

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8 strategies for accelerating IT modernization

CIO

New tech moves from bleeding edge to mainstream at an ever-increasing pace. Consider how fast generative AI went from avant-garde to ubiquity: At under two years, it may be a record. Feats like that have ramped up pressure on CIOs to not just modernize, but modernize faster so they’re ready to seize new opportunities as they arise by having infrastructure that can support emerging technologies and a team that isn’t mired in maintenance mode.

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Agile Coach Camp Worldwide is going to Costa Rica

Agile Alliance

The Agile Coach Camp Worldwide Initiative (ACC-WW) is set for a 2024 tour in Costa Rica, aimed at enhancing peer learning among Agile coaches and related roles through interactive discussions. The post Agile Coach Camp Worldwide is going to Costa Rica first appeared on Agile Alliance.

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Avoid generative AI malaise to innovate and build business value

CIO

Despite the promise generative AI holds for boosting corporate productivity, closing the gap between its potential and business value remains one of CIOs’ chief challenges. It isn’t for lack of effort, as recent research suggests. Sixty-six percent of C-level executives are ambivalent or dissatisfied with the progress of their AI or GenAI efforts, according to Boston Consulting Group 1.

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Employee Retention Strategies When Work Gets Chaotic and Messy

Let's Grow Leaders

Employee retention strategies will help your team stick around through reorganizations, layoffs, and other corporate chaos. Transitions, reorganizations, layoffs, mergers, acquisitions—they are all part of the business landscape. And while effective leaders will work to limit the number and frequency of these events, they are inevitable as organizations work to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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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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Il cliente al centro: come i CIO potenziano la customer experience mentre trasformano il business

CIO

Le aziende capaci di offrire una customer experience superiore hanno tassi di crescita cinque volte più elevati dei loro concorrenti e, nella gestione della CX, il CIO ha un ruolo fondamentale, scriveva Forrester Research (“Improving CX Through Business Discipline Drives Growth”) nel 2019. Cinque anni dopo, nel 2024, queste affermazioni sono molto più che attuali.

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Nvidia points to the future of AI hardware

CIO

GPU powerhouse Nvidia has bet its future on AI, and a handful of recent announcements focus on pushing the technology’s capabilities forward while making it available to more organizations. During its GPU Technology Conference in mid-March, Nvidia previewed Blackwell, a powerful new GPU designed to run real-time generative AI on trillion-parameter large language models (LLMs), and Nvidia Inference Microservices (NIM), a software package to optimize inference for dozens of popular AI models.

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Leading a Company That Can Thrive in a Chaotic World

Harvard Business Review

Worldwide, the past few years have been marked by multiple, intersecting crises — and things aren’t likely to get less complicated anytime soon. The authors met with a group of CEOs to discuss how they lead amid this ongoing chaos. To thrive in this chaotic new world, organizations need leaders with inner strength, character, and a moral compass. By continually adapting and learning, they’ll enable their organizations to navigate these ever-turbulent waters.

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Old Dogs Can Inspire New Business Models

Crunchbase News

People with puppies are tired. People with senior dogs are broke. That, in oversimplified terms, is a pretty consistent anecdotal finding among pet owners. As furry friends age, their people face the prospect of costly vet bills, chronic health conditions to manage, and constant worry about their companions’ well-being. Given how much spending on pets occurs in their senior years, it’s not surprising to see startups conceived around the needs of older animals.

Insurance 105
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How AI Features Can Change Team Dynamics

Harvard Business Review

AI-powered feedback is popping up in Zoom, Teams, and other common tools. Relying on it can be convenient — but there are some serious drawbacks.

Tools 118
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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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Optimizely Search & Navigation: Boosting in Unified Search

Perficient

In the Optimizely Search & Navigation admin view, administrators can set a certain weight of different properties (title, content, summary, or document content). When an user searches for a keyword that matches to a property’s value, the higher weight of that property will make the matching pages to be more likely to appear at the top of the search result.

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Cloudera Named a Visionary in the Gartner MQ for Cloud DBMS

Cloudera

We’re excited to share that Gartner has recognized Cloudera as a Visionary among all vendors evaluated in the 2023 Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Cloud Database Management Systems. This recognition underscores Cloudera’s commitment to continuous customer innovation and validates our ability to foresee future data and AI trends, and our strategy in shaping the future of data management.

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How Live Team Coaching Can Solve Tech’s Skills Problem

DevOps.com

Tech has a skills issue – and it’s one that’s not going away in 2024. Live team coaching can be an important part of the solution.

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What is CI/CD? Continuous integration and continuous delivery explained

InfoWorld

What does CI/CD stand for? Continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), also known as CI/CD, embodies a culture and set of operating principles and practices that application development teams use to deliver code changes both more frequently and more reliably. CI/CD is a best practice for devops teams. It is also a best practice in agile methodology.

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How Embedded Analytics Helps Product Managers Exceed Their KPIs

Embedded analytics can help you deliver cutting-edge analytics experiences to your end-users that align with KPIs that are critical to the growth and success of your business. Read this eBook to learn how an embedded analytics platform, like Qrvey, can help PMs exceed the following KPIs: Growing revenue while improving customer retention rate Delivering rapid time to value Earning a high net-promoter score Increasing Gross Margin / Profitability Conversion rate from trial to paid Don’t just meet

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CVE-2024-3094: Newly Discovered Backdoor in XZ tools

Aqua Security

The xz-utils is a popular compression tool used widely across Linux systems, indicating its critical role in the software ecosystem. The xz-utils backdoor, discovered on March 29, 2024, exposes systems to potential backdoor access and remote code execution. It specifically targets versions 5.6.0 and 5.6.1 of xz-utils on systems using glibc, systemd, and patched OpenSSH.

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Scale LLMs with PyTorch 2.0 FSDP on Amazon EKS – Part 2

AWS Machine Learning - AI

This is a guest post co-written with Meta’s PyTorch team and is a continuation of Part 1 of this series, where we demonstrate the performance and ease of running PyTorch 2.0 on AWS. Machine learning (ML) research has proven that large language models (LLMs) trained with significantly large datasets result in better model quality. In the last few years, the size of current generation models has increased significantly, and they require modern tools and infrastructure to be trained efficiently and

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How To Scale Your Startup Sustainably Rather Than Chase Growth At All Costs

Crunchbase News

By Greg Waisman Global startup investment in 2023 declined significantly , falling 38% year over year to just $285 billion. Despite the funding challenges, many business leaders remain eager to grow and scale their companies in 2024. One study shows more than 50% of founders and CEOs maintain confidence in their ability to grow their companies regardless of global macroeconomic conditions.

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What’s the best JavaScript framework?

InfoWorld

One of the hardest parts of building software is choosing your technology stack. You have to pick a tool or framework to get started, but you can’t know its real capabilities until you’ve worked with it for a while. It’s a Catch-22, and prototyping only helps so much. There is a tendency to stick to the same familiar technologies you’ve used in the past, but this has obvious drawbacks, including missing out on important innovations.

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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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Tips for Goal Setting and Accountability for Remote Workers

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Establishing goals is crucial to keeping remote workers accountable and aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. Today’s guest post is b y Shiela Mie Legaspi, President — Cyberbacker The pandemic showed us the value of remote work, not only as a solution to the immediate obstacles of the pandemic but also as a long-term shift in the workplace.

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Babylon.js web rendering engine gets 3D enhancements

InfoWorld

The latest version of the web rendering engine Babylon.js has arrived with performance and rendering enhancements to support 3D capabilities and more. Version 7.0 of the rendering and game engine was announced on March 28. Directions for getting started with Babylon.js can be found on GitHub. Procedural geometry in version 7.0, also called Node Geometry, lets users create complex geometry at runtime or build time.

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Microsoft Fabric: NASDAQ stock data ingestion into Lakehouse via Notebook

Perficient

Background Microsoft Fabric is emerging as one-stop solution to aspects revolving around the data. Before the introduction of Fabric, Power BI faced few limitations related to data ingestion, since Power Query offers limited ETL & data transformation functionality. Power Query M Language scripting lacks ease of development, compared to popular languages like Java / C# / Python etc., which might be the need for complex scenarios.

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Google to merge Angular and Wiz frameworks

InfoWorld

Google has announced plans to eventually merge its Angular and Wiz web frameworks. The company says it is already looking for ways that Angular could benefit from Wiz's superior performance, while Wiz could benefit from Angular's focus on developer experience. In a blog post posted by the Angular team on March 30, proponents said that Angular and Wiz were “better together.

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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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CodeSOD: Exceptional Feeds

The Daily WTF

Joe sends us some Visual Basic.NET exception handling. Let's see if you can spot what's wrong? Catch ex1 As Exception ' return the cursor Me.Cursor = Cursors. Default ' tell a story MessageBox.Show(ex1.Message) Return End Try This code catches the generic exception, meddles with the cursor a bit, and then pops up a message box to alert the user to something that went wrong.

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Project Bluefin and the future of operating systems

InfoWorld

Even with all of the advances in IT, whether it’s modular hardware, massive cloud computing resources, or small-form-factor edge devices, IT still has a scale problem. Not physically—it’s easy to add more boxes, more storage, and more “stuff” in that respect. The challenge with scale is getting your operations to work as intended at that level, and it starts with making sure you can build, deploy, and maintain applications effectively and efficiently as you grow.

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Perficient’s Columbus Office Named A 2024 Top Workplace

Perficient

Perficient’s Columbus office has a lot to celebrate as they start off the year being granted the title of a 2024 Top Workplace by the Columbus CEO. It was just last year that Perficient was named a top workplace in both Cincinnati and Cleveland. Perficient’s office in Columbus is a lively and dynamic hub of activity. The team, comprised of a mix of talents and backgrounds, is united by a shared passion for innovation and collaboration.

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Microsoft And OpenAI Partnering On Stargate, A $100B U.S. Data Center

Ooda Loop

Microsoft and OpenAI announce that Stargate, a new AI super-computer data center project to be headquartered in the U.S. could cost over $115 billion and is planned for launch in 2028.

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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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Five Great DevOps Job Opportunities

DevOps.com

DevOps.com is now providing a weekly DevOps jobs report through which opportunities for DevOps professionals are highlighted. Our goal in these challenging economic times is to make it just that much easier for DevOps professionals to advance their careers.

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Microsoft & OpenAI consider $100bn, 5GW ‘Stargate’ AI data center

Ooda Loop

Microsoft and OpenAI may build a $100 billion supercomputer campus to help develop artificial intelligence models. The Information reports that the project is still in the early stages, but would be expected to launch in 2028.

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Time matters: New innovations from Lacework free up valuable hours for security teams

Lacework

Ask any security team about their number one challenge, and you’ll quickly realize that no two answers are exactly the same. While they might share a common goal, their daily priorities and struggles show just how varied their world is. Whether they’re containing incidents, fixing vulnerabilities, or keeping up with the latest cybersecurity and privacy regulations, one thing unites them all: the pressing need for more time.