July, 2023

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Why Your Startup Needs a Fractional CTO – TechEmpower

TechEmpower CTO

A Fractional CTO bridges the gap between founders and developers to help keep your tech strategy aligned with your business goals. This helps your startup stay agile and competitive in a fast-paced marketplace.

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The Hidden Power of Vulnerability: Why Great Leaders Dare to Be Wrong

Let's Grow Leaders

Why Is It So Hard to Be Wrong? Vulnerability is the Gateway to Growth. You’re an experienced leader with a track record of success. You’re brilliant at what you do, and you’ve got where you are today because you consistently have the answers. But could this need to have the answers stop you from achieving even more? I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that reminded me of the vast power of vulnerability for a leader’s (and my) growth.

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Practical Solutions to Common Challenges of a Remote CTO Position

CTO Academy

In this article, we are a) examining the most critical challenges of the Remote CTO role and, more importantly, b) providing practical solutions. The post Practical Solutions to Common Challenges of a Remote CTO Position appeared first on CTO Academy.

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53 Questions Developers Should Ask Innovators

TechEmpower CTO

At TechEmpower, we frequently talk to startup founders, CEOs, product leaders, and other innovators about their next big tech initiative. It’s part of our job to ask questions about their plans, challenge their assumptions, and suggest paths to success. The conversations are interesting and varied because they’re about new, exciting, different things.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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Blueprint for Migrating an On-Premise Data Pipeline To Azure Cloud

Dzone - DevOps

In today’s data-driven world, organizations are increasingly recognizing the benefits of migrating their on-premise data pipelines to the cloud. Azure , Microsoft’s cloud platform, offers a robust and scalable environment for hosting data workloads. This article aims to provide a detailed and comprehensive outline for migrating an on-premise data pipeline built on Cloudera to Azure.

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Addressing People, Process, and Technology in Manufacturing Transformation

Perficient

This is the third blog in our series on trends in the manufacturing industry and how the Salesforce platform can address business challenges. Read the first and second installments. This post covers content from the 18:48 mark and ends at 28:47 in the below video. Whether you leverage spreadsheets for forecasting or are a larger enterprise using big data, sales agreements and other Salesforce Manufacturing Cloud capabilities such as forecasting and Tableau CRM are pragmatic, down-to-earth fea

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How Do I Run My Go Applications in a Serverless Way?

Dzone - DevOps

The Go programming language has always had rich support for building REST APIs. This includes an excellent standard library (net/HTTP) along with many popular packages such as Gorilla mux , Gin , Negroni , Echo , Fiber , etc. Using AWS Lambda Go runtime , you can use Go to build AWS Lambda functions. Imagine a web app that needs to authenticate users, store user data, and send emails.

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5 key mistakes IT leaders make at board meetings

CIO

It’s not uncommon for CIOs, CISOs, and sometimes their direct reports to be called on to participate in board meetings or to present IT strategies and plans to their boards of directors. If you don’t join board meetings often, preparation is paramount, starting with learning about the directors’ backgrounds and reviewing minutes from previous meetings.

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How to Encourage an Employee Stop Talking Too Much (Without Squashing Their Enthusiasm)

Let's Grow Leaders

Practical strategies to encourage enthusiastic team members from talking too much and empower collaborative conversation So what do you do when your well-meaning, enthusiastic team-member is just talking too much in meetings? It’s tricky, particularly in virtual meetings. “Hi Karin, I watched your #AskingforaFriend about how to encourage people to speak up more in meetings, but I’ve got the EXACT OPPOSITE CHALLENGE.

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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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Threat Alert: Anatomy of Silentbob’s Cloud Attack

Aqua Security

Aqua Nautilus researchers identified an infrastructure of a potentially massive campaign against cloud native environments. This infrastructure is in early stages of testing and deployment, and is mainly consistent of an aggressive cloud worm, designed to deploy on exposed JupyterLab and Docker APIs in order to deploy Tsunami malware, cloud credentials hijack, resource hijack and further infestation of the worm.

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Revolutionizing the Nine Pillars of SRE With AI-Engineered Tools

DevOps.com

In my blog Rapid Strategic SRE Assessments Accelerate IT Transformations published last year, I classified site reliability engineering (SRE) into nine pillars of SRE practices—a comprehensive framework that covers the full scope of SRE practices. This nine pillars SRE framework is consistent with the SRE blueprint published by the DevOps Institute.

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JavaScript closest

David Walsh

When it comes to finding relationships between elements, we traditionally think of a top-down approach. We can thank CSS and querySelector / querySelectorAll for that relationship in selectors. What if we want to find an element’s parent based on selector? To look up the element tree and find a parent by selector, you can use HTMLElement ‘s closest method: // Our sample element is an "a" tag that matches ul > li > a const link = document.querySelector('li a'); const list = a.

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CodeSOD: Characters Remaining

The Daily WTF

Tina works for a major European government. During the height pandemic, her team needed to roll out many new sites to support remote, self-service interactions with government agencies. On one of these sites, they needed to create a contact form. The contact form was one of those that applied a character limit to the message. This character limit meant that the code needed to check the length of the input string, and then compare that against some max characters, and then output the "charact

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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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6 business execs you’ll meet in hell — and how to deal with them

CIO

Everyone, at some point in their career, has endured a bad boss or bad business colleague. Someone further up the chain or a lateral colleague who lacks basic interpersonal skills, demands the impossible, flies off the handle at the slightest provocation, or throws you under the bus the moment a project goes south. Aside from causing personal angst, executives run amok can also wreak lasting damage to the organizations they work for by driving away talent and squandering business opportunities.

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Optimizely Configured Commerce – Learn CMS Spire 5.X Part-3

Perficient

Insite is now Configured Commerce. In this blog, we will learn below points: Replacing an existing page in Spire Example of replacing an existing page Implementation in Local machine Replacing an existing widget in Spire Example of replacing an existing widget Implementation in Local machine In this blog post, we will explore the process of replacing existing pages and widgets in Spire, a popular content management system.

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How to Become a Strategic Thinker and Ascend into Leadership

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

A retired president of a Fortune 100 company provides effective advice on how to develop strategic-thinking capability and rapidly advance in an organization. Today’s guest post is by Fred Sievert, author of Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Ask any executive what he or she considers the most important skills for team members who aspire to leadership roles, and you will get answers ranging from clear communication to collaboration to adaptability.

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Challenges of interoperability in fuzz testing

Synopsys

Understanding how to overcome the challenges of interoperability in fuzz testing helps ensure efficient and comprehensive testing results.

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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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To Help Your Team Grow, Give Them Space to Struggle

Harvard Business Review

When you see an employee struggling with a task you could do easily, it’s only natural to want to step in and help. But from the other side, this can feel more like micromanagement than support. And when leaders over-function by keeping too much work for themselves, they allow those around them to under-function. We all know how important it is to delegate — both to help employees grow and to create a more collaborative, empowered, productive team.

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Fearing the Wrong Thing

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

There’s a lot of angst about software developers “losing their jobs” to AI, being replaced by a more intelligent version of ChatGPT, GitHub’s Copilot, Google’s Codey, or something similar. Matt Welsh has been talking and writing about the end of programming as such. He’s asking whether large language models eliminate programming as we know it, and he’s excited that the answer is “yes”: eventually, if not in the immediate future.

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Digital Transformation Delivers Business Benefits

CIO

Virtually every organization worth its salt is involved in digital transformation, and those efforts are starting to pay dividends, according to F5’s 2023 State of Application Strategy Report. When respondents to F5’s survey of more than 1,000 IT leaders were asked to list the benefits of digital transformation, IT operational efficiency topped the list (cited by 66% of respondents), followed by business operational efficiency (49%), better alignment of IT with business outcomes (47%), employee

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Optimizely Configured Commerce – Technical Tips

Perficient

A small tip can be a lifesaver when it comes to customizing a platform or an existing system. It’s crucial to first grasp the implementation details and then follow the correct path to add new functionality or make changes to existing features. However, if you’re unfamiliar with a particular area of the system and are tasked with making a specific change, it can be time-consuming to identify where to start and exactly where to make the necessary modifications to meet the requirement.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Error'd: Hugops

The Daily WTF

Hugops to Feedly who seem to have run into a snag this week. Feeder Brent N. fretted "Seems feedly's update isn't going well, with only 21 of 3 hours left to go." Emil L. snarked "Shopping for a washing machine with the Swedish firm Elgiganten. Still waiting for Kim to inform me about that not so hidden field among the product details" I suspect this could be an unexpected outcome of a monolingual member in a polyglot team.

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Reimagining CI/CD: AI-Engineered Continuous Integration

DevOps.com

AI has the potential to greatly improve the efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness of DevOps continuous integration (CI) practices.

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How to Train Generative AI Using Your Company’s Data

Harvard Business Review

Leveraging a company’s proprietary knowledge is critical to its ability to compete and innovate, especially in today’s volatile environment. Organizational innovation is fueled through effective and agile creation, management, application, recombination, and deployment of knowledge assets and know-how. However, knowledge within organizations is typically generated and captured across various sources and forms, including individual minds, processes, policies, reports, operational transactions, di

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Three Years Later: The Meow Campaign Reaches Jupyter

Aqua Security

In 2017 and 2020 we have seen the oddest campaign - ‘Meow’ - targeting unsecured databases such as MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, CouchDB, and other software such as Hadoop clusters, FTPs, Jenkins etc. The Modus Operandi was very simple finding an exposed instance, deleting everything, and destroying data without any explanation. Back in 2017 and 2020 , it was quite a conundrum.

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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3 tough decisions for IT leaders to achieve a successful digital transformation

CIO

The digital transformation journey for any enterprise is protracted and complex. Technology leaders often underestimate the complications associated with it. For such initiatives to conclude successfully, enterprise technology decision makers must overcome inertia, build momentum, and bring about changes across their large organizations. To bring about enterprise-wide changes, CIOs at times need to take tough decisions that may not go down well with employees.

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The Neuroscience of Success: The Secret to Fearless App Modernization

Perficient

In a comedy special, Jerry Seinfeld once humorously said, “I saw a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing. Number two was death. Death was number two? This means to the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.” The crowd roared with laughter.

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Increase the Engagement Rate of Your Digital Health Product

Mentormate

There’s no sense dancing around it—people do not want to engage with digital products in the healthcare space. Data shows that engagement rates within healthcare are below interactions with lawyers and people look at their financial health data far more than their actual health data. Why don’t people engage with digital health products? In many ways, the resistance to engage with healthcare products makes sense.