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6 Mistakes Leaders Make When Announcing Layoffs

Harvard Business Review

Layoffs are trauma-inducing for an organization and its employees. When handled badly, some people (and organizations) never fully recover. Leaders make six common mistakes when communicating layoffs: 1) They’re not transparent about the state of the business; 2) They’re not clear on the path forward; 3) They don’t get the tone right; 4) They don’t offer remaining employees the opportunity to ask questions; 5) They don’t bring middle management on board; and 6) They don’t show appreciation to de

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Atos staves off bankruptcy, casts wider net for refinancing

CIO

Atos may have won a few extra months to find a long-term solution to its financial problems after reaching interim agreements with banks, bondholders, and the French government to provide €450 million (US$490 million) in additional liquidity. But the company is out of ideas for finding new money after the collapse of plans to sell its legacy infrastructure management business to an investment fund and its big data business to Airbus.

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Google Docs | Placeholder (Smart) Chips

Xebia

Most users of Google Docs are already familiar with the smart chip functionality where it is possible to use the @-sign to edit function fields such as: add date, people, files, places, polls, etc. These fields then immediately contain concrete data, like the date, the name of a person or the link to a file. With Google’s new addition, it becomes possible to add a replaceable chip in a document.

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Dairyland powers up for a generative AI edge

CIO

A Midwestern utility cooperative might not be the first place you’d look for leading-edge implementations of emerging technologies, but thanks to the leadership of CIO Nate Melby, Dairyland Power Cooperative has become an unlikely pioneer in generative AI, churning out large language models (LLMs) that not only automate document summarization but also help manage power grids during storms.

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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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6 Common Leadership Styles — and How to Decide Which to Use When

Harvard Business Review

Research suggests that the most effective leaders adapt their style to different circumstances — be it a change in setting, a shift in organizational dynamics, or a turn in the business cycle. But what if you feel like you’re not equipped to take on a new and different leadership style — let alone more than one? In this article, the author outlines the six leadership styles Daniel Goleman first introduced in his 2000 HBR article, “Leadership That Gets Results,” and explains when to use each one.

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Article: InfoQ Culture & Methods Trends Report - April 2024

InfoQ Culture Methods

The Culture and Methods trends report discusses evolving roles within teams, the way the staff plus roles are able to add value, the use and misuse of DevEx metrics, how remote work continues to evolve, a lack of diversity is still a challenge, and the need to move from climate change awareness to climate conscious software engineering By Shane Hastie, Jutta Eckstein, Ben Linders, Susan McIntosh, Rafiq Gemmail, Craig Smith

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Microsoft’s April 2024 Patch Tuesday Addresses 147 CVEs (CVE-2024-29988)

Tenable

3 Critical 142 Important 2 Moderate 0 Low Microsoft addresses 147 CVEs in its April 2024 Patch Tuesday release with three critical vulnerabilities and no zero-day or publicly disclosed vulnerabilities. Microsoft patched 147 CVEs in its April 2024 Patch Tuesday release, with three rated critical, 142 rated as important, and two rated as moderate. This month’s update includes patches for: NET and Visual Studio Azure Azure AI Search Azure Arc Azure Compute Gallery Azure Migrate Azure Monitor Azure

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Intel details Guadi 3 AI Chips at Vision 202

Ooda Loop

Intel made a slew of announcements during its Vision 2024 event today, including deep-dive details of its new Gaudi 3 AI processors, which it claims offer up to 1.7X the training performance, 50% better inference, and 40% better efficiency than Nvidia’s market-leading H100 processors, but for significantly less money.

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Hashicorp Versus OpenTofu Gets Ugly

DevOps.com

Hashicorp is accusing the open source OpenTofu Project of swiping some of its BSL-licensed Terraform code. Enter the lawyers.

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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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Change Healthcare Targeted in Second Ransomware Attack

Ooda Loop

Change Healthcare has reported that it is facing another attack, this time from ransomware gang RansomHub, only weeks after it was a victim in an ALPHV/BlackCat cyberattack. RansomHub is demanding an extortion payment for an alleged 4TB of data that was stolen from the company.

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Data Security Startup Cyera Locks Up $300M At $1.4B Valuation

Crunchbase News

While it is true cybersecurity funding has significantly slowed , it certainly has not dried up. Data security startup Cyera raised a $300 million Series C led by Coatue at a $1.4 billion valuation. New investors Spark Capital , Georgian and AT&T Ventures , alongside existing investors Sequoia Capital , Accel , Redpoint Ventures , and Cyberstarts also participated in the round.

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Grafana Labs Makes Observability More Accessible

DevOps.com

The updates promise to make it easier to invoke the capabilities of a Grafana Cloud platform based on open source software.

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Quality Assurance, Errors, and AI

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

A recent article in Fast Company makes the claim “ Thanks to AI, the Coder is no longer King. All Hail the QA Engineer.” It’s worth reading, and its argument is probably correct. Generative AI will be used to create more and more software; AI makes mistakes and it’s difficult to foresee a future in which it doesn’t; therefore, if we want software that works, Quality Assurance teams will rise in importance.

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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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Google’s Gemini Cloud Assist helps manage cloud apps

InfoWorld

Google’s cloud computing division, Google Cloud, at its annual Google Cloud Next conference has introduced Gemini Cloud Assist, an AI-powered assistant designed to help enterprise teams manage applications and networks in Google Cloud. Gemini Cloud Assist, now available in private preview, can be accessed through a chat interface in the Google Cloud console.

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HTMX vs React: Choosing the Right Frontend Approach for Your Project

Apiumhub

Introduction In the evolving landscape of frontend development, technologies like HTMX are redefining the way developers approach building modern web applications. HTMX, ranked second in the prestigious 2023 JavaScript Rising Stars “Front-end Frameworks” category, just behind the ubiquitous React, and earning a spot in the GitHub Accelerator program.

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April 2024 Patch Tuesday

Ivanti

It is April already! For the fourth Patch Tuesday of 2024 there is more to consider than just what is being released on Patch Tuesday. There are a number of vendors who have released security updates leading up to Patch Tuesday, and more to come in the following weeks. Recent Security Updates Ivanti released security updates for Ivanti Connect Secure and Policy Secure on April 4.

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AI Anywhere with APEX File Storage for Microsoft Azure

Dell EMC

Introducing Dell APEX File Storage for Microsoft Azure: high-performance, multicloud storage purpose-built for AI.

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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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Google unveils open source projects for generative AI

InfoWorld

Google at Google Cloud Next 24 unveiled three open source projects for building and running generative AI models. The company also introduced new large language models to its MaxText project of JAX-built LLMs. The new LLM models in MaxText include Gemma, GPT-3, Llama 2, and Mistral, which are supported across both Google Cloud TPUs and Nvidia GPUs, the company said.

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What Needs to Change About DEI — and What Doesn’t

Harvard Business Review

As DEI work faces increasing scrutiny socially, politically, and legally, organizations are taking extra care to re-evaluate their DEI efforts. Leaders are right to consider change, not as a reaction to backlash, but to work toward a more accountable, transparent, and successful vision of what DEI could be. The author identifies three things that need to change: 1) Clumsy, jargon-heavy communication, 2) disconnected and decoupled DEI goals and programs, and 3) nonexistent or vanity DEI measureme

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Build or buy: Is it really even a choice?

InfoWorld

Charlie, a senior architect at a medium-sized software development organization, sat at his desk going over the specifications for the latest development project at his company. As he was taking a high-level look at how to break down the work for the first phase of the project, Janice, a hard-charging, early-career developer walked into his office. Janice doesn’t hesitate.

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Experience Choice in AI with Dell PowerEdge and Intel Gaudi3

Dell EMC

Learn how Dell PowerEdge XE9680 is expanding its capability with Intel’s Gaudi3 acceleration.

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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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Synopsys takes aim at software supply chain risks

InfoWorld

Synopsys has introduced Black Duck Supply Chain Edition , a software composition analysis (SCA) package that helps organizations mitigate upstream risk in software supply chains, including from AI code. Announced April 9, Black Duck Supply Chain Edition is intended to address a rise in software supply chain attacks targeting vulnerable or maliciously altered open source and third-party components.

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Sustaining a Legacy of Giving in Turkey

Harvard Business Review

How Özyeğin Social Investments has created a model for making a significant impact across Turkish society through giving.

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Gemini Code Assist debuts at Google Cloud Next 24

InfoWorld

Google’s cloud computing division, Google Cloud, has changed the name of its previously released Duet AI for Developers offering to Gemini Code Assist and added new features to make code generation easier. Gemini Code Assist is based on the Gemini 1.5 Pro model, Google’s most powerful generative AI model. Earlier in December, the company in a blog post had said that it would make its Gemini model available to developers.

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Moving Beyond XDR to Achieve True Cyber Resilience with Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform

Darktrace

Announcing the new Darktrace ActiveAI Security Platform designed to transform security operations. This approach gives security teams unprecedented visibility across any area where Darktrace is deployed, including cloud, email, network, endpoints, and operational technology (OT).

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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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Google updates Vertex AI with new LLM capabilities, agent builder feature

InfoWorld

Google has added new large language models (LLMs) and a new agent builder feature to its AI and machine learning platform Vertex AI at its annual Google Cloud Next conference. The LLM include a public preview of the Gemini 1.5 Pro model, which has support for 1-million-token context. The expanded support for context allows native reasoning over enormous amounts of data specific to an input request, the company said, adding that it has received feedback from enterprises that this expanded suppor

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A Practical History of the Firewall – Part 1: Early Days

Firemon

Jody Brazil CEO at FireMon This is not a primer on firewalls, nor is it meant to represent a comprehensive picture of the history of the firewall. There are plenty of good resources that outline the history of the firewall, for example Wikipedia: [link]. There are also a significant number of people that deserve credit for the invention of the firewall that are not recognized in this series (if interested, here is a good story from Dark Reading: Who Invented the Firewall ).

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ESG tools for cloud computing can be a distraction

InfoWorld

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have gained significant traction recently. Giving yourself a ranking to prove your worth as a good citizen of the planet seems like a great idea. These tools are worth looking at, but the reality is they may be reporting a false positive. They don’t look at the total inefficiencies of the overall cloud architecture, only at specific tactical metrics that could prove meaningless.

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