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How Safe Are SAFE Agreements?

Crunchbase News

In the world of early-stage fundraising, the allure of the Simple Agreement for Future Equity, or SAFE, often seems like a no-brainer choice for entrepreneurs. Designed as a founder-friendly vessel to sail the choppy waters of early-stage funding, a SAFE agreement promises a straightforward path to securing capital without the immediate dilution of ownership or valuation discussions, allowing founders to focus on what they do best: building a company.

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Accelerating Industry 4.0 at warp speed: The role of GenAI at the factory edge

CIO

It’s Wednesday night. You’re fast asleep aboard the USS Enterprise Star Trek. Suddenly, you wake to an urgent announcement and rush to the bridge of the starship. Captain James T. Kirk is activating warp drive and you see the iconic blurred streaks of light as the spaceship reaches warp speed. Within seconds, you are traveling faster than the speed of light to reach a Klingon war in the Alpha Quadrant–arriving in minutes versus years.

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From Duet AI to Gemini

Xebia

As everyone has probably noticed in the news, Duet AI, Google’s collaborative AI tool for the Workspace software suite, has recently been renamed Gemini for Workspace. As part of this update, Gemini is being integrated into the Workspace apps. Gemini for Workspace will offer a standalone experience allowing users to chat with Gemini while providing enterprise-level data protection.

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Skills-first hiring has CIOs rethinking talent strategies

CIO

Jason Snyder faces the same challenge nearly all CIOs encounter when looking to fill open positions: a tight labor market, where fierce competition for workers has meant months-long vacancies. Snyder, secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security and Commonwealth CIO for Massachusetts, responded by overhauling the agency’s recruitment and retention practices.

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Cassandra

It’s no surprise that Apache Cassandra has emerged as a popular choice for organizations of all sizes seeking a powerful solution to manage their data at a scale—but with great power comes great responsibility. Due to the inherent complexity of distributed databases, this white paper will uncover the 10 rules you’ll want to know when managing Apache Cassandra.

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Cybersecurity Funding Shows Resilience In Q1

Crunchbase News

Venture funding overall was still sluggish , but cybersecurity startups saw some love from investors in the first quarter of 2024. To be sure, this is not the salad days of 2021 — cybersecurity funding was still down year to year — but the sector saw its best funding quarter in three quarters. All told, cybersecurity startups raised nearly $2.7 billion in 154 deals in Q1, per Crunchbase data.

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Why Engineers Should Study Philosophy

Harvard Business Review

The ability to develop crisp mental models around the problems you want to solve and understanding the why before you start working on the how is an increasingly critical skill, especially in the age of AI. Coding is one of the things AI does best and its capabilities are quickly improving. However, there’s a catch: Code created by an AI can be syntactically and semantically correct but not functionally correct.

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Generative AI sparks family business renaissance: PwC report

CIO

The next generation of leaders in family businesses is poised to embrace the transformative power of generative AI (GenAI) despite marked resistance from the incumbent leaders, according to a PwC report. The global report, based on a survey of over 900 NextGen individuals aged between 18 and early 40s, was aimed at understanding family businesses’ “Success and Succession in an AI World.

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A secure approach to generative AI with AWS

AWS Machine Learning - AI

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the customer experience in industries across the globe. Customers are building generative AI applications using large language models (LLMs) and other foundation models (FMs), which enhance customer experiences, transform operations, improve employee productivity, and create new revenue channels.

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Trasformazione digitale e sostenibilità: ecco come i CIO affrontano la sfida

CIO

La trasformazione digitale è un percorso a tappe e, per molti CIO italiani, passare di livello due vuol dire sistematizzare i progetti in ottica di data-driven company mettendo al centro la sostenibilità. Se già la continua ridefinizione del ruolo del Chief Information Officer non fosse abbastanza, ecco gli obiettivi ESG (Environment, Sustainability, Governance) diventare un’altra parte essenziale del suo compito.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Continued AI Integration Drives the Race Between Attackers and Defenders

Ooda Loop

AI versus AI will be the central drama, but the outcome depends profoundly on human choices around how intelligently we govern this technology.

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Perficient Included in IDC Market Glance: Payer, 2Q24

Perficient

Health insurers today are facing a rapidly evolving landscape of complex expectations and requirements. Whether it’s responding to government mandates regarding interoperability and data privacy or customer demand for a seamless digital experience, constant evolution is key to staying at the forefront of industry standards. Your future success will be determined by the investments you make now in your capabilities and technology.

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Five Ways to Build Your Strategic Muscles

Next Level Blog

One of the constants in my more than two decades of executive coaching is the desire and need to build the muscles required to develop and execute competitive and innovative strategies. It came up with a client again as recently as this month. With a few modifications, here’s the quick outline I offered him on five ways to build your strategic muscles.

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Middle Managers Should Drive Your Business Transformation

Harvard Business Review

Successful transformations harness the collective wisdom of middle managers and teams. To increase your company’s chances, you need to: 1) Enlist your very best middle managers. Transforming a business demands a blend of creativity and ingenuity. By setting this challenge you can also test and nurture the next generation of leaders. 2) Empower the middle to sponsor transformative changes.

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Kafka

Without proper guidance, it’s easy to miss out on Kafka’s full capabilities. While not the easiest technology to optimize, Kafka rewards those willing to explore its depths. Under the hood, it is an elegant system for stream processing, event sourcing, and data integration. Download this white paper to learn the 10 critical rules that will help you optimize your Kafka system and unlock its full potential.

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Microsoft Goes Big In AI Again, Invests $1.5B In UAE-Based G42

Crunchbase News

Microsoft announced a $1.5 billion strategic investment in United Arab Emirates-based artificial intelligence firm G42 — the biggest new round to go to an AI startup this year. While Microsoft investing big in AI is nothing new — see OpenAI — the deal with G42, an AI holding company, comes with other entanglements that likely needed to be cleared before the announcement of the deal.

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Most developers have adopted devops, survey says

InfoWorld

As of the first quarter of 2024, 83% of developers were involved in devops -related activities such as performance monitoring, security testing, or CI/CD , according to the State of CI/CD Report 2024, published by the Continuous Delivery (CD) Foundation, a part of the Linux Foundation. Released April 16, the State of CI/CD Report 2024 is downloadable from the CD Foundation , authored by developer researcher SlashData, and sponsored by CloudBees, provider of a DevSecOps platform.

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Accelerate with Confluent: Empowering SI Partners to Reach New Heights

Confluent

In the era of digital transformation, robust partnerships are key to driving success. Learn how Accelerate with Confluent is fostering meaningful collaborations with system integrators.

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Better application networking and security with CAKES

InfoWorld

Modern software applications are underpinned by a large and growing web of APIs , microservices , and cloud services that must be highly available, fault tolerant, and secure. The underlying networking technology must support all of these requirements, of course, but also explosive growth. Unfortunately, the previous generation of technologies are too expensive, brittle, and poorly integrated to adequately solve this challenge.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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Harnessing GenAI’s Potential in Cybersecurity – Managing Risks, Maximizing Benefits

Dell EMC

GenAI poses challenges—driving cybersecurity evolution—and promises enhanced threat detection, response and operational efficiency.

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Strengthening the Nessus Software Supply Chain with SLSA

Tenable

You know Tenable as a cybersecurity industry leader whose world-class exposure management products are trusted by our approximately 43,000 customers, including about 60% of the Fortune 500. But sometimes we like to give you a peek behind the curtain to share how we protect our own house against cyberattacks – and that’s what this blog is about. Today we’re sharing our experience adopting the supply-chain security framework SLSA, with the hopes that the lessons we learned will be helpful to you.

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Qdrant offers managed vector database for hybrid clouds

InfoWorld

Open-source database provider Qdrant has made available Qdrant Hybrid Cloud, a dedicated vector database to be offered in a managed hybrid cloud model. Qdrant, the open-source foundation of both Qdrant Cloud and Qdrant Hybrid Cloud, is a vector similarity search engine and vector database written in Rust. Qdrant offers a set of features for performance optimization and can handle billions of vectors with scale and memory safety, the company said.

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Microsoft invests $1.5 billion in AI firm G42

Ooda Loop

Microsoft will invest $1.5 billion into G42, an artificial intelligence firm based in the United Arab Emirates, as the U.S. giant looks to strengthen its position in the technology amid fast-rising competition. Microsoft President Brad Smith will join the board of directors of G42.

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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.

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Survey Surfaces Widespread Reliance on Generative AI Among Developers

DevOps.com

Two thirds of developers are using AI in product development, primarily for coding, documentation, and conducting research.

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CodeSOD: Classical Design

The Daily WTF

There is a surprising amount of debate about how to use CSS classes. The correct side of this debate argues that we should use classes to describe what the content is, what role it serves in our UI; i.e., a section of a page displaying employee information might be classed employee. If we want the "name" field of an employee to have a red underline, we might write a rule like: employee.name { text-decoration : underline red; } The wrong side argues that this doesn't tell you what it

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How to Migrate an Observability Platform to Open Source

DevOps.com

Migrating to an open source stack gives you control over telemetry data and reduces observability costs. Here's how to do it with open source.

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Meet The New AI-Robot Billionaire

Ooda Loop

Figure 01, can you choose a healthy snack for me from that basket?” Brett Adcock asks the humanoid robot lurking behind a table close by. Its options are an orange and a bag of chips. The robot–a.ka.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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CDF Survey Surfaces DevOps Progress and Challenges

DevOps.com

Most developers are using some form of DevOps practices, reports the CDF survey. Adopting STANDARD DevOps practices? Not so much.

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OpenAI’s DALL-E Edit Feature Shows How AI Won’t Replace Your Photoshop Yet

Ooda Loop

OpenAI confronted a common problem for AI image generators when it broadly released a new edit feature for ChatGPT’s DALL-E this month. Oftentimes, AI image generators misunderstand what you want to create, so OpenAI’s new tool allows you to highlight sections of your image, and change them to your specifications.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Low Code Application Development Platform

Newgen Software

Today, low code application development platforms are becoming the go-to option for enterprises to accelerate their digital journeys. According to Gartner , “low-code application platforms (LCAP) are expected to remain the largest component of the low-code development technology market through 2022, increasing nearly 30% from 2020 to reach $5.8 billion in 2021.