October, 2023

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Rising Above: The Call for Senior Leaders to Embrace Strategy Over Tactics

N2Growth Blog

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, leaders frequently face various tactical and operational challenges. When it comes to managing day-to-day operations and responding to unforeseen problems, the frenetic pace of the immediate can become a zone of comfort. A significant number of future leaders have gained professional experience and earned their stripes in these trenches, becoming masters of this tactical art.

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4 Things to Consider When Integrating Generative AI

DevOps.com

SaaS companies are integrating generative AI capabilities into their products and services. However, in the race to join the hype, many companies are building first and strategizing later.

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Five Workplace Nightmares That’ll Send Chills Down Your Spine

Agile42

Step with us into the world of Workplace Nightmares, where the horrors are real and the stakes are high. Dark secrets lurk behind office doors, and this spooky season, it’s up to you to save yourself. But you’re not alone. We have some tricks to help you survive as you face the ghouls and goblins of the corporate world. Vampiric Meetings It’s 4pm and the light is fading.

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Why, How, and What of AI-Powered Decision Intelligence

IDC

Decision intelligence can increase your speed and control in the decision making process when it comes to data and analytics.

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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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So We Shipped an AI Product. Did it Work?

Honeycomb

Like many companies, earlier this year we saw an opportunity with LLMs and quickly (but thoughtfully) started building a capability. About a month later, we released Query Assistant to all customers as an experimental feature. We then iterated on it , using data from production to inform a multitude of additional enhancements, and ultimately took Query Assistant out of experimentation and turned it into a core product offering.

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7 sins of digital transformation

CIO

As CIOs prepare for the next wave of digital transformation, they must demonstrate shorter-term business impacts from technology investments and achieve larger innovation goals that evolve the organization’s business model. But perhaps more importantly, they must learn from their previous big digital wins — and avoid repeating all-too-frequent mistakes that cause transformations to fail or lag behind expectations.

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Amazon begins testing Agility’s Digit robot for warehouse work

TechCrunch

At today’s Delivering the Future event, Amazon announced that it will begin testing Agility’s bipedal robot Digit in its facilities. Amazon Robotics Chief Technologist Tye Brady said the testing is in its “very, very early stages,” adding, “We’re taking a lot of care to understand it better and see if there’s a fit for our […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Growing Leaders Who are Confident, Skilled and Human-Centered (Mistakes to Avoid)

Let's Grow Leaders

Growing Leaders through Modeling Behavior & Honest Feedback Hi Karin, What are a couple of the BIGGEST MISTAKES leaders make when GROWING LEADERS? #AskingForaFriend This fantastic question came in during one of our recent leadership development programs. Three Mistakes that Will Sabotage Growing Leaders 1. Not modeling the way I can’t tell you how often someone in our leadership programs raises their hand and says, “This is fantastic!

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Making PostgreSQL tick: New features in pg_cron

The Citus Data

pg_cron is an open source PostgreSQL extension that provides a cron-based scheduler to periodically run SQL commands. Almost every managed PostgreSQL service supports pg_cron and it has become a standard tool for many PostgreSQL users. Since Citus has been my full-time job, pg_cron has always been a side project for me, and so I tried to architect it for simplicity, reliability, and low maintenance.

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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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Honeycomb Closes Best Quarter in Company History Fueled by Rapid Adoption Among Engineering Teams

Honeycomb

To replicate and scale this success, leading observability solution brings on four new executives including CMO Reet Mand, SVP of Global Revenue Jason Robinson, Director of Open Source Austin Parker, and Senior Director of Product Marketing Josh Pederson. SAN FRANCISCO – OCTOBER 16, 2023 – Honeycomb , the observability platform that enables engineering teams to solve problems they couldn’t before, today announced several growth milestones, signaling strong product fit and market demand despite s

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Introducing Netlify Functions 2.0

Netlify

As part of our commitment to expand Netlify core platform primitives, we are excited to announce the biggest leap we’ve ever taken in the developer experience for Netlify Functions. Try them out today!

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How Value Stream Management is fueling success at Boeing, Tyson, and Verizon

CIO

In today’s digitally transforming world, time is of the essence. Whether you’re looking to deliver a new product release, fix an issue, or enhance a service, the longer you make customers wait, the worse for your business. As you seek to boost agility and speed your organization’s digital transformation, there are some proven principles you can apply.

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IronNet, founded by former NSA director, shuts down and lays off staff

TechCrunch

IronNet, a once-promising cybersecurity startup founded by a former NSA director and funded by cyber and defense investors, has shuttered and laid off its remaining staff following its collapse.

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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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Workplace Innovation: The Secret to Getting Better, Remarkable, Usable Ideas

Let's Grow Leaders

Why psychological safety is important, but not enough when it comes to workplace innovation If you’re getting lots of ideas, you’re probably doing a lot of things right when it comes to encouraging workplace innovation —making it safe, asking for input, and responding well. That’s a great start. But how many of these ideas are you implementing? Imagine if you weren’t just getting lots of ideas, but remarkable, practical ones.

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Preliminary Thoughts on the White House Executive Order on AI

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

Disclaimer: Based on the announcement of the EO , without having seen the full text. While I am heartened to hear that the Executive Order on AI uses the Defense Production Act to compel disclosure of various data from the development of large AI models, these disclosures do not go far enough. The EO seems to be requiring only data on the procedures and results of “Red Teaming” (i.e. adversarial testing to determine a model’s flaws and weak points), and not a wider range of inf

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Help Your Employees Develop the Skills They Really Need

Harvard Business Review

The future of work will not be determined by technology, but by creating the right mix of education, exposure, and experience needed to develop skills and put them to work, creating a vastly more productive workplace and economy. In this article, the authors recommend a “70/20/10” learning model, in which only 10% of learning comes from formal instruction (education), 20% from social learning or mentorship (exposure), and 70% from hands-on, experiential practice with feedback (experience).

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Introducing the Netlify Composable Web Platform

Netlify

Announcing the Netlify Composable Web Platform — the foundation for companies looking to modernize their web architecture to ship faster, reduce risk, and drive higher revenue.

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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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Beyond DevSecOps: Why fintech companies need to consider DevSecRegOps

CIO

It’s no secret that banks and fintech companies must meet compliance and regulatory standards that are much stricter than what traditional tech companies are forced to comply with. The question becomes: How do you meet strict regulatory and compliance standards while keeping up with the rapid pace of innovation in technology? As the vice president of enterprise architecture and technology strategy at Discover Financial Services, I think about this question often as we work to design our tech sta

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Pebble, the Twitter alternative previously known as T2, is shutting down

TechCrunch

The grip Twitter, now called X, has on the market may be stronger than some believed. Unfortunately, that’s led to the first casualty among Twitter alternatives, as the startup Pebble (formerly T2), is shutting down. The would-be X rival had grown a small but engaged community on its microblogging service that aimed to dupe Twitter’s […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Top 5 Fears That Keep IT Professionals Up at Night

Kaseya

Forget witches and zombies. For IT pros, the scariest monsters lurk in the digital realm. While most people are busy planning their Halloween costumes and parties, IT professionals have a different kind of worry on their hands. In this blog, we’ll shed light on FIVE hair-raising fears that haunt IT pros day and night, and one powerful solution to overcome them all.

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Announcing Apache Flink 1.18

Confluent

Read updates and improvements in Apache Flink 1.18, including dynamic fine-grained rescaling via REST API, Java 17 support, and faster rescaling & batch performance improvements.

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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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5 Types of Manipulators at Work

Harvard Business Review

Lots of variables influence our day-to-day decision making — though perhaps none more potently than the attitudes and preferences of other people. The human instinct to seek belonging with others helps us collaborate and build systems and societies. But it also gives ill-intentioned people an opening to mislead, lull, and even coerce us into serving their interests instead of our own.

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Support for npm modules in Edge Functions

Netlify

Netlify now allows you to use npm modules in your edge functions and leverage more than two million packages in the ecosystem to build your applications.

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7 cloud market trends and how they will impact IT

CIO

The cloud market has been a picture of maturity of late. The pecking order for cloud infrastructure has been relatively stable, with AWS at around 33% market share, Microsoft Azure second at 22%, and Google Cloud a distant third at 11%. (IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce are in the 2-3% range.) Revenue growth remains solid across the industry, but slowing somewhat, with none of the Big 3 outperforming the others enough to materially alter the balance of power.

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LinkedIn confirms it will cut a further 668 jobs, bringing the total to nearly 1,400 this year

TechCrunch

Earlier this month, LinkedIn announced that it would roll out a raft of new AI-powered tools across the business. Today, it’s making a different kind of announcement focused on the future: The company is laying off 668 employees. We understand from a reliable source that the majority of the layoffs, some 563, will be in […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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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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Start with Traces, not with Logs: How Honeycomb Helped Massdriver Reduce Alert Fatigue

Honeycomb

Massdriver is a cloud operations platform that makes it easier for engineering teams to build, deploy, and scale cloud-native applications. While many companies use this lofty language to make similar promises, Dave Williams, CTO and co-founder at Massdriver, means it. Before Massdriver, Dave worked in product engineering where he was constantly bogged down with DevOps toil.

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Fighting the Good Fight for a Resilient Digital Future

Ivanti

This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, cybercriminals have far too much to celebrate. Attacks are rising in sophistication and brazenness, and no company or organization is immune. We could panic. Or we could lock arms, fight the good fight and put customers first. I vote for the latter. Hop in the time machine When October was first dubbed Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004 , no one — unless you’re a time traveler or incredibly prescient — could have envisioned the current digital landscape.

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Project Managers, Unlock the Power of Timeboxing

Harvard Business Review

Modern work is inherently project-based and collaborative. We are all project managers to some extent. From film directors and restaurant owners to lawyers and accountants, many professions involve managing projects. For everyone, not just project managers, mastering timeboxing can be a gateway to bridging the gap between intention and execution. You’re probably already timeboxing, at least a little.