March, 2024

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Think you can ignore quantum computing? Think again.

CIO

“It’s been known since the 1990s that a large-scale quantum computer will be able to break many of the crypto systems we rely on for security,” says Dustin Moody, leader of Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland. In 1994, American mathematician Peter Shor developed quantum algorithms to factor integers and solve the discrete logarithm problem.

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What if we rotate pairs every day?

Martin Fowler

When pair programming, it's important to rotate the pairs frequently, but many organizations that do pair programming are reluctant to do that. Gabriel Robaina and Kieran Murphy ask the question: “What if we rotate pairs every day?” and worked with three teams through an exercise of daily pair rotation. They developed a lightweight methodology to help teams reflect on the benefits and challenges of pairing and how to solve them.

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Put Marketing at the Core of Your Growth Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Companies that make the decision to put marketing at the core of their growth strategy outperform the competition, according to McKinsey research. Specifically, both B2C and B2B companies who view branding and advertising as a top two growth strategy are twice as likely to see revenue growth of 5% or more than those that don’t (67% to 33%). Yet their research also showed that few CEOs recognize the potential for marketing as a growth accelerator.

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5 Unique Challenges for AI in Cybersecurity

Palo Alto Networks

AI tends to be understood as one coherent field of study and application where similar solutions apply for all the use cases. The reality is that applying AI in real-world environments with high precision requires specialization in the specific field of study, and each use case has unique challenges. Applied AI in cybersecurity has many unique challenges, and we will take a look into a few of them that we are considering the most important.

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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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Battery Ventures Sees AI’s Massive Impact On Tech, And It’s Here Already

Crunchbase News

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which Crunchbase News interviews active investors in artificial intelligence. Read previous interviews with General Catalyst , Bessemer Venture Partners , Accel , Insight Partners , Index Ventures , Sequoia Capital , Section 32 , M12 and Sapphire Ventures as well as highlights from these stories from 2023.

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ChatGPT, Author of The Quixote

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

TL;DR LLMs and other GenAI models can reproduce significant chunks of training data. Specific prompts seem to “unlock” training data. We have many current and future copyright challenges: training may not infringe copyright, but legal doesn’t mean legitimate—we consider the analogy of MegaFace where surveillance models have been trained on photos of minors, for example, without informed consent.

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Unlock the potential of generative AI in industrial operations

AWS Machine Learning - AI

In the evolving landscape of manufacturing, the transformative power of AI and machine learning (ML) is evident, driving a digital revolution that streamlines operations and boosts productivity. However, this progress introduces unique challenges for enterprises navigating data-driven solutions. Industrial facilities grapple with vast volumes of unstructured data, sourced from sensors, telemetry systems, and equipment dispersed across production lines.

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6 Strategic Concepts That Set High-Performing Companies Apart

Harvard Business Review

Strategic concepts come in and out of fashion as the needs and dynamics of the marketplace change. Research and analysis of today’s landscape identifies six key strategic concepts that set outperforming companies apart: Borrow someone’s road, partner with a third party, reveal your strategy, be good, let the competition go, and adopt small scale attacks.

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We’re All Outraged! Turning Passion into Results.

Perficient

If you were to pop open any social media platform or news app right now and scroll through a couple dozen posts, you’ll easily get the feeling that everything is #%&$ falling apart. Everyone is mad at something. We now use the term “doomscrolling.” In the past we had Yellow Journalism and we are there once again. As humans we tend to get addicted to outrage and drama.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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French regulator fines Google $271M over generative AI copyright issue

CIO

France’s competition authority fined Google, its parent company Alphabet, and two subsidiaries a total of €250 million ($271 million) for breaching a previous agreement on using copyrighted content for training its Bard AI service, now known as Gemini. The Autorité de la concurrence said Wednesday that the search giant failed to comply with a June 2022 settlement over the use of news stories in its search results, News and Discover pages.

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Uncovering the seams in Mainframes for Incremental Modernisation

Martin Fowler

Mainframe systems continue to run much of the world's computing workload, but it's often difficult to add new features to support growing business needs. Furthermore the architectural challenges that make them slow to enhance also make them hard to replace. To reduce the risk involved, we use an incremental approach to legacy displacement, gradually replacing legacy capabilities with implementations in modern technology.

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Top 3 challenges in Agile transformations

Agile Alliance

Successfully adopting Agile requires overcoming obstacles like inadequate leadership support, lack of Agile coaches, and neglect of process improvement. The post Top 3 challenges in Agile transformations first appeared on Agile Alliance.

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Strategies to Lead Your Company Forward to the Future of Work

Let's Grow Leaders

Episode 250: In this episode, you’ll hear David catching up with Dan Michelson, the author of “Holy Shift: Moving Your Company Forward to the Future of Work.” They tackle how critical trust is among leaders and the pivotal mindset shift needed to adeptly maneuver through the evolving work environment. Dan highlights the key elements like fostering community, opening doors for growth, cementing solid connections, and enriching employee experiences.

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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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Executive Search Consultancy: Your Partner in Leadership Excellence

N2Growth Blog

The Importance of Leadership Excellence in Organizations Effective leadership is the driving force behind an organization’s success, helping to steer it toward its goals and navigate the complexities of the market. It is the foundation upon which high-performing teams are built, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and growth. A strong leader inspires and motivates employees, creating a sense of purpose and commitment that leads to increased engagement and productivity.

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Frequently Asked Questions About CVE-2024-3094, A Backdoor in XZ Utils

Tenable

Frequently asked questions about CVE-2024-3094, a supply-chain attack responsible for a backdoor in XZ Utils, a widely used library found in multiple Linux distributions. Background The Tenable Security Response Team has put together this blog to answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding CVE-2024-3094, a backdoor in XZ Utils, a widely used compression library found in multiple Linux distributions.

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Re-imagining Business Workflows with AI-Powered Automation

CIO

Artificial intelligence (AI) is delivering rapid change for Australian business by raising customers’ expectations, generating new competitive challenges, and creating opportunities for new products and services. This rapid change demands a rapid response, but the strength of that response depends greatly on two factors – the agility of systems and processes and the availability of skilled workers to run them.

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Measuring Developer Productivity via Humans

Martin Fowler

Measuring developer productivity is a difficult challenge. Conventional metrics focused on development cycle time and throughput are limited, and there aren't obvious answers for where else to turn. Qualitative metrics offer a powerful way to measure and understand developer productivity using data derived from developers themselves. Abi Noda and Tim Cochran begin their discussion by explaining what a qualitative metric is and why we shouldn't reject them for being subjective or unreliable.

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Streamlining Database Compliance with CI/CD Integration

IT leaders know the importance of compliance at every level, but the database often gets left behind as other environments are automated for robust protection. This whitepaper emphasizes the importance of robust, auditable, and secure database change management practices for safeguarding organizational compliance. Learn how automating database compliance: Mitigates risk Protects against security vulnerabilities Helps avoid regulatory penalties Aligns database workflows with app lifecycle Turns d

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Rails Guides get a facelift

Ruby on Rails

When Rails 7.0 landed in December 2021, it came with a fresh new homepage and a new boot screen. The design of the guides, however, has remained largely untouched since 2009 - a point which hasn’t gone unnoticed (we heard your feedback). With all of the work right now going into removing complexity from the Rails framework and making the documentation consistent, clear, and up-to-date, it was time to tackle the design of the guides and make them equally modern, simple, and fresh.

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Stop Right There! 5 Phrases that Crush Collaboration and Tank Teamwork

Let's Grow Leaders

If you want better collaboration, eliminate these phrases from your team communication. You didn’t mean to tick them off, but here you are. Your words backfiring like a faulty engine, and now a cloud of awkwardness fills the room. You know collaboration matters and you want to be a team player. So what went wrong? 5 Phrases to Avoid if You Want Better Collaboration on Your Team Let’s talk about some of the most common phrases that sabotage collaboration, why they’re so annoying

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The Strategic Advantage of Implementing a Junior Advisory Board in Your Organization

N2Growth Blog

In today’s dynamic and ever-changing business landscape, fostering a culture of innovation within an organization is imperative. One transformative strategy gaining popularity among leading companies is establishing a junior advisory board, also known as a shadow board. Benefits of a Junior Advisory Board The significance of a junior advisory board lies in its ability to provide fresh perspectives and bridge generational divides.

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Simplifying AI in the Enterprise: The Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA

Dell EMC

Dell Technologies announces the Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA, the industry's first end-to-end enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solution designed to address the complex needs of enterprises.

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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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CIOs take aim at SaaS sprawl

CIO

Years into strategies centered on adopting cloud point solutions, CIOs increasingly find themselves facing a bill past due: rationalizing, managing, and integrating an ever-expanding lineup of SaaS offerings — many of which they themselves didn’t bring into the organization’s cloud estate. Salesforce, Workday, Atlassian, Oracle, Microsoft, GitHub, and ServiceNow are but a few of the many vendors whose cloud applications make up the new tech backbone for most enterprises today, in conjunction wit

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Patterns of Legacy Displacement: Event Interception

Martin Fowler

When we gradually replace a legacy system, we have plenty of cases where the legacy system and its replacement need to interact. Since these legacy systems are often difficult, and costly, to change, we need a mechanism that can integrate elements of the replacement while minimizing the impact to the legacy system. Ian Cartwright, Rob Horn, and James Lewis explain how we can use Event Interception on state-changing events, allowing us to forward them to the replacement.

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Restaurant Robotics Revs Up Amid Labor Shortages

Crunchbase News

Americans love eating out. This year, we’re forecast to spend more than $1.1 trillion doing so — the highest total ever, per the National Restaurant Association. Trouble is, restaurants need people to provide those drinks, meals and snacks. By the end of the year, the industry will likely employ nearly 16 million of us nationwide. But it won’t be enough: Nearly half of food service employers today say they need more workers.

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Discover the Power of Meaningful Work in the Era of AI

Let's Grow Leaders

In this episode, you’ll join David Dye as he hosts Ed Hess, author of “Own Your Work Journey,” in a deep dive into discovering the power of meaningful work in the era of Ai. Ed explores the crucial role of critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and trade jobs in the era of smart technology. Ed gives you the tools to take ownership of your thinking, listening, and collaboration skills so you can thrive even during fast technological change.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.

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Executive Search in Life Sciences: Identifying Leaders Aligned to Innovation and Growth

N2Growth Blog

Identifying Growth-Stage Leadership to Drive Innovation in Life Sciences Effective executive search partners play a pivotal role in identifying, attracting, and assessing the leadership best aligned to drive growth and innovation, all the more important in highly dynamic industries like life sciences. As an experienced talent leader in professional services and executive search, and having come from years of experience working within and advising in the sector, I know how crucial attracting top

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Demystifying Multimodal LLMs

Dataiku

Picture this : You’re scrolling through your favorite social media platform, and you come across a stunning image of a picturesque landscape. Intrigued, you type in a question about the location, expecting a response from a fellow user. But instead, a machine seamlessly identifies the scene and its location, provides a detailed description, and even suggests nearby attractions.

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The early returns on gen AI for software development

CIO

Generative AI is already having an impact on multiple areas of IT, most notably in software development. Early use cases include code generation and documentation, test case generation and test automation, as well as code optimization and refactoring, among others. Still, gen AI for software development is in the nascent stages, so technology leaders and software teams can expect to encounter bumps in the road.