May, 2024

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The Cyber Arms Race Gives Way to AI Weaponization

Ooda Loop

The weaponization of cyberspace has been a legitimate concern as nation states aggressively build capabilities to project power, retaliate, and become more offensively minded.

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Process mining helps IT leaders modernize business operations

CIO

Following a legislative review of state purchases in fiscal year 2022, the state of Oklahoma discovered that its agencies had procured more than $3 billion worth of goods and services outside the oversight of its Office of Management and Enterprise (OMES) Central Purchasing division. “Understandably, state leaders were concerned,” says CIO Joe McIntosh.

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Test-Driving HTML Templates

Martin Fowler

When building a server-side rendered web application, it's valuable to test the HTML that's generated through templates. While these can be tested through end-to-end tests running in the browser, such tests are slow and more work to maintain than unit tests. My colleague Matteo Vaccari has written an article on how to use TDD to test drive these templates using xunit-style tools which can be run easily from the command line or as part of build scripts.

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Linux as the new developer default at 37signals

David Heinemeier Hansson

For over twenty years, the Mac was the default at 37signals. For designers, programmers, support, and everyone else. That mono culture had some clear advantages, like being able to run Kandji and macOS-specific setup scripts. But it certainly also had its disadvantages, like dealing with Apple's awful reliability years , and being cut off from seeing how half our Basecamp customer base saw by default (since they're on Windows!).

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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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All Business Strategies Fall into 4 Categories

Harvard Business Review

The problem with strategy frameworks is that although they can help you determine whether an opportunity is attractive or whether a given strategy is likely to work, they generally don’t help you in the task of identifying the opportunity or crafting the strategy in the first place. This article introduces a framework, built on an in-depth analysis of the creativity literature, that aims to fill that gap by providing a systematic approach to identifying potential strategies.

Strategy 140

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Logz’s AI Chatbot Makes Your Observability Tools Smart(er)

DevOps.com

Everyone is adding AI to their applications. Sometimes that's overkill. But Logz.io's IQ Assistant, which purports to make the most of your software stack's records, actually makes sense.

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Prisma Cloud Copilot: Don’t Just Ask, Act

Prisma Clud

Generative AI's acceleration of software delivery is straining current approaches to cloud security, making scaling nearly impossible because, as Gartner points out , organizations don’t have the skilled resources to take it all on. For those counting on AI to drive innovation, this is a problem. How do you keep safe? Here’s where Palo Alto Networks Precision AI TM comes in — a proprietary AI system that helps power Prisma Cloud Copilot.

Cloud 137
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Feedback Fundamentals: Effective Strategies from Experienced Executive Coaches

Next Level Blog

Three Common Feedback Challenges There probably aren’t many people in the world who are more involved, more often in giving and receiving feedback than executive coaches. As a two decade plus coach myself, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve prepared, delivered and supported my clients in receiving colleague feedback. It’s easily over 2,000 times.

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Dynamic video content moderation and policy evaluation using AWS generative AI services

AWS Machine Learning - AI

Organizations across media and entertainment, advertising, social media, education, and other sectors require efficient solutions to extract information from videos and apply flexible evaluations based on their policies. Generative artificial intelligence (AI) has unlocked fresh opportunities for these use cases. In this post, we introduce the Media Analysis and Policy Evaluation solution, which uses AWS AI and generative AI services to provide a framework to streamline video extraction and eval

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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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Where’s the ROI for AI? CIOs struggle to find it

CIO

Finding the return on investment for AI remains elusive for many organizations, even as they rush to adopt the technology. Difficulties estimating or demonstrating the value of AI technologies to the business have been or will be a top barrier to their implementation, according to a recent Gartner survey of more than 700 IT leaders at organizations that have adopted or plan to adopt AI.

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Data Fetching Patterns in Single-Page Applications

Martin Fowler

Juntao Qiu is a thoughtful front-end developer experienced with the React programming environment. He's contributed a couple of useful articles to this site, describing helpful patterns for front-end programming. In this article he describes patterns for how single-page applications fetch data. This first installment describes how asynchronous queries can be wrapped in a handler to provide information about the state of the query.

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Rails 7.2 Beta 1: Better production defaults, Dev containers, new guides design, and more!

Ruby on Rails

The train for the Rails 7.2 release is leaving the station and we’re excited to announce the first beta release of Rails 7.2! There has been close to 2,500 commits made by over 400 contributors since Rails 7.1, so this release is packed with new features and improvements. Please help us test all this new stuff, so we can ensure a solid final release of Rails 7.2.

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You Need New Skills to Make a Career Pivot. Here’s How to Find the Time to Build Them.

Harvard Business Review

With any significant change in your career comes the need for new skills. But that’s even more true when you want a radical career change. In these situations, it’s going to take more than listening to a few webinars to build the knowledge you need get to where you want to go. You must set aside a significant amount of time for self-directed learning, formal training, or even a second job to gain the skills for the big leap.

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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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An Investor’s Guide to AI Everywhere

IDC

AI has captured investors' attention, turning tech companies like Nvidia and AMD into household names. Growth is driven by tech giants aggressively investing in AI infrastructure. Learn IDC's latest views in this blog.

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Introducing Honeycomb for Frontend Observability: Get the Data You Need for Actionable Customer Experience Improvements

Honeycomb

Today, we’re announcing the early access program of Honeycomb for Frontend Observability. Honeycomb for Frontend Observability gives teams the ability to quickly identify opportunities for optimization within their web app. This starts with better OpenTelemetry instrumentation, available as an NPM package, that lets you instrument and collect attribution data on Core Web Vitals in under an hour.

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10 generative AI certs and certificate programs to grow your skills

CIO

Generative AI is poised to disrupt nearly every industry, and IT professionals with highly sought after gen AI skills are in high demand, as companies seek to harness the technology for various digital and operational initiatives. The State of Generative AI in the Enterprise report from Deloitte found that 75% of organizations expect generative AI technology to impact talent strategies within the next two years, and 32% of organizations that reported “very high” levels of generative AI expertise

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Introducing Confluent Cloud Freight Clusters

Confluent

Confluent Cloud Freight clusters are now available in Early Access. In this blog, learn how Freight clusters can save you up to 90% at GBps+ scale.

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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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#783 Becoming a Leader that Crushes Technical Debt with Juan Orlandini, CTO at Insight

Modern CTO

Today we’re talking to Juan Orlandini, CTO at Insight of North America. We discuss what he’s realized recently as a CTO coach, what he’s learned about aging, and just spend time catching up with an old friend of the show. All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! To learn more about Insight, check out their website here. Have feedback about the show?

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3 Ways to Clearly Communicate Your Company’s Strategy

Harvard Business Review

For all the communication around strategy, we know that leaders at many companies don’t provide the necessary context for employees to understand what the words and sentences in a strategy statement actually mean. What can leaders do to help employees understand enough context to understand a strategy? In this article, the authors offer three recommendations: 1) Present the alternatives considered and explain why they were not adopted. 2) Explain how each choice is linked to the organization’s p

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Three Reasons DevOps Should Consider Rocky Linux 9.4

DevOps.com

The new version of Rocky Linux includes security improvements, better cloud images, and the latest developer tools. All those features should interest any DevOps pro.

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Transform Innovation into Value: The Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA

Dell EMC

The Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA turbocharges AI adoption to simplify development, automate workflows and deliver up to 86% faster business outcomes.

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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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Private cloud makes its comeback, thanks to AI

CIO

Private cloud providers may be among the key beneficiaries of today’s generative AI gold rush as, once seemingly passé in favor of public cloud, CIOs are giving private clouds — either on-premises or hosted by a partner — a second look. At the center of this shift is increasing acknowledgement that to support AI workloads and to contain costs, enterprises long-term will land on a hybrid mix of public and private cloud.

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Kinsing Malware Hides Itself as a Manual Page and Targets Cloud Servers

Tenable

Background Cloud cryptomining has become an emerging trend in recent years, powered by the scalability and flexibility of cloud platforms. Unlike traditional on-premises infrastructure, cloud infrastructure allows attackers to quickly deploy resources for cryptomining, making it easier to exploit. One of the most common cryptomining threats for cloud environments is the Kinsing malware.

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Beijing Takes Another Jab at the United States’s Cyber Operations

Ooda Loop

Recently, China’s Cybersecurity Industry Alliance (CCIA) published a report in an effort to further expose the suspected hegemonic practices and “bullying” behavior of the United States in cyberspace.

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Does Your Boss Practice Toxic Positivity?

Harvard Business Review

Being happy and positive at work can be a win-win for employees and organizations. But what happens when your boss practices toxic positivity? No matter how bad or stressful the situation is or how difficult the circumstances, they convince themselves that simply acting happy or thinking positively will change the outcome — then spread this toxic positivity to their teams.

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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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AI, Web3 And E-Commerce Led For New Unicorns In April 2024

Crunchbase News

Eleven companies joined The Crunchbase Unicorn Board in April 2024 — a big jump up from the six companies that joined in April 2023 but still a fraction of the 40 added to the board in April 2022. The AI, Web3 and e-commerce sectors each added two companies to the board, Crunchbase data shows. Of the 11 new unicorns created last month, six are U.S.-based, with one each from Germany, France, Brazil, Cayman Islands and Australia.

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Your Idea Factory – Quality Innovation from Quantity

Perficient

Quality innovation is not for the weak at heart! Innovation myths may have you thinking it is for the lucky or the extremely talented – that’s not true. Pablo Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Thomas Edison quipped, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” In this blog post, I want to focus on a different quote with the same intent.

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Cyber resilience: A business imperative CIOs must get right

CIO

With ransomware at an all-time high, companies need to understand that being cyber resilient means going beyond compliance to considering all aspects of a business, from operational continuity to software supply chain security.