February, 2024

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5 hot IT leadership trends — and 4 going cold

CIO

Amid disruptive leaps in technology, leaders who will succeed in the near future, say experts, are the ones who stay focused on a decidedly low-fi resource: their employees. CIOs and others who manage technology teams are advised to see beyond the churn of constant upskilling, and consider what people excel at: creativity and critical thinking, business strategy, and building strong relationships that increase employee satisfaction while boosting the organization’s performance.

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Find the AI Approach That Fits the Problem You’re Trying to Solve

Harvard Business Review

AI moves quickly, but organizations change much more slowly. What works in a lab may be wrong for your company right now. If you know the right questions to ask, you can make better decisions, regardless of how fast technology changes. You can work with your technical experts to use the right tool for the right job. Then each solution today becomes a foundation to build further innovations tomorrow.

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Blueprints for a Secure, Future-Proof Hybrid Cloud

DevOps.com

To avoid data loss and maintain a level of protection, organizations need a blueprint for adopting their hybrid cloud systems.

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Feeling Invisible? What to Say When You’re Feel Invisible or Ignored

Let's Grow Leaders

Powerful Phrases to Move From Feeling Invisible to Invincible If you feel invisible at work you’re in good company. Recent research by Work Human found that nearly 30% of workers have felt invisible at work and 27% have felt ignored. Their research also identified certain “invisible skills” going unnoticed in the workplace. Ironically, the ignored skills are some of the most necessary for productive conflict i n the workplace: empathy and compassion (27.4%), a sense of curiosity, (19.8%), and li

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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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One big benefactor of the AI boom: The tiny island of Anguilla

The Hustle

Imagine: You’re a 20-something AI entrepreneur and then your startup’s website gets trapped with — gasp — a “.com” domain. How passe. How embarrassing. What are you, 45 years old? Gotta get that “.ai” domain When you do, it’s to the direct benefit of Anguilla, a 35-square-mile, ~19k-person British territory in the Caribbean. In the 1980s, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) started assigning two-letter domains to nations and territories.

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Prioritizing AI? Don’t shortchange IT fundamentals

CIO

Generative AI continues to dominate IT projects for many organizations, with two thirds of business leaders telling a Harris Poll they’ve already deployed generative AI tools internally, and IDC predicting spend on gen AI will more than double in 2024. But the usual laundry list of priorities for IT hasn’t gone away. Fundamentals like security, cost control, identity management, container sprawl, data management, and hardware refreshes remain key strategic areas for CIOs to deal with.

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Engineering Practices for LLM Application Development

Martin Fowler

LLM engineering involves much more than just prompt design or prompt engineering. Here David Tan and Jessie Wang reflect on how regular engineering practices such as testing and refactoring helped them deliver a prototype LLM application rapidly and reliably.

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VSCode + WSL makes Windows awesome for web development

David Heinemeier Hansson

I’m kinda shocked. Windows actually got good for web developers. Between VSCode , WSL , and Intel’s latest desktop chips, I’ve been living with a PC for over a week that runs my programming tests faster than an M3 Max, ships with an excellent window manager out-the-box, and generally feels like a completely viable alternative to macOS for working with the web.

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Finding a New Software Developer Job

Henrik Warne

For the first time ever, I was laid off, and had to find a new software developer job. I managed to find a new one, but it took longer than I thought, and it was a lot of work. I was in contact with 30 companies, got a no from 8 companies, no reply from 6 companies, and offers from 3 companies. Here is what I learnt from the process. Laid Off At the end of October last year, I lost my job.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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The surreal life of a professional bridesmaid

The Hustle

Jen Glantz sat in her Manhattan apartment on a Friday night with a bottle of two-buck chuck, a keyboard, and years’ worth of frustration. She’d just hung up with two friends. Were they friends? She wondered. Neither had been in touch for years, but they came to her with the same request: Would she be their bridesmaid? She was 26, and she’d been a bridesmaid at least six times.

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How to Make Small Talk with Anyone from Anywhere

Harvard Business Review

Meet-and-greet conversations can be uncomfortable. And they can feel especially daunting when you’re paired with strangers from different cultures, like when networking in a global business context. In this setting, light and introductory-style conversations (what some of us know as “small talk”) can be very helpful, and even necessary. Small talk is a quasi-universal tool for initiating conversations with strangers from different cultures, for building a quick rapport, and for planting the seed

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CIOs rethink all-in cloud strategies

CIO

After years of marching to the cloud migration drumbeat, CIOs are increasingly becoming circumspect about the cloud-first mantra, catching on to the need to turn some workloads away from the public cloud to platforms where they will run more productively, more efficiently, and cheaper. “‘Cloud exit’ became a big theme in 2023 and there’s good odds it’ll turn into a real trend for 2024.

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Two Chinese Supercomputers (with Mystery Hardware Components) Go Online

Ooda Loop

Conspicuous, controversial and notorious is the Chines unwillingness to participate in global benchmarking list of the world's most power supercomputers. So, the "top 500" list goes out - with the U.S. on top. The lack of participation by the Chinese then fuels rumors that they in fact possess capabilities that transcend all the participants in the global benchmarking lists.

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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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Drop In Venture Funding To Black-Founded Startups Greatly Outpaces Market Decline

Crunchbase News

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the state of venture funding to Black-founded startups in the U.S., based on 2023 data from Crunchbase and its Diversity Spotlight feature. Look for Part 2, which will explore funding trends in several major metro areas in the U.S., on Thursday. Venture funding to Black-founded U.S. startups last year totaled only $705 million — marking the first time since 2016 that the figure failed to even reach $1 billion, Crunchbase data shows.

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Introducing Apache Kafka 3.7

Confluent

Apache Kafka 3.7 introduces updates to the Consumer rebalance protocol, an official Apache Kafka Docker image, JBOD support in Kraft-based clusters, and more!

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Why the Super Bowl halftime show is the most important commercial on TV

The Hustle

Last year at the Super Bowl, Rihanna danced on a platform suspended high above the field at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. It was her first live show in five years, and she moved effortlessly from hits like “We Found Love” to “Diamonds,” in a red leather corset and baggy flight-suit unzipped to emphasize what viewers suspected was a baby bump. (It was.

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How to Make Peace with a Company Decision You Don’t Like

Harvard Business Review

In our work, there are times when we lead but there are also times when we must follow — and we may not always agree with the path we’re told to follow. We may feel “stuck” in anger, anxiety, and confusion. But, we want to demonstrate resilience to our team and we want to maintain a good relationship with management. So, how do we forge ahead and follow with grace?

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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SAP names Philipp Herzig as chief artificial intelligence officer

CIO

SAP is reorganizing its AI activities. Philipp Herzig, formerly head of cross-product engineering and experience, now leads a new “end-to-end growth area” focused on AI as the company’s chief artificial intelligence officer (CAIO). Herzig now reports directly to CEO Christian Klein, and will oversee the entire value chain for SAP business AI from research and product development through to implementation at the customer.

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Accelerate 5G with AI-Powered Cybersecurity

Palo Alto Networks

It’s no secret that we’re experiencing a transformational moment in history, characterized by the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cloud-native paradigms along with the emergence of 5G. This transformative era presents an unprecedented opportunity for businesses of all sizes to supercharge their business models.

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What’s new in the Postgres 16 query planner / optimizer

The Citus Data

PostgreSQL 16 introduces quite a few improvements to the query planner and makes many SQL queries run faster than they did on previous versions of PostgreSQL. If you look at the PG16 release notes , you’ll see some of these planner improvements. But with the volume of changes made in each PostgreSQL release, it’s not possible to provide enough detail about each and every change.

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Pig Butchering Scam: From Tinder and TikTok to WhatsApp and Telegram, How Scammers Are Stealing Millions in a Long Con

Tenable

In part one of a two-part series on Pig butchering, we detail the pervasive scam that has impacted thousands of victims around the world, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. This blog highlights the who and the how of pig butchering scams, and details the pig butchering playbook. Background Pig butchering — a translation of the Chinese phrase “Shāzhūpán” (Sha Zhu Pan) used to describe a type of financial scam — has enabled scammers to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.

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“Build vs Buy Analytics?” The Question ALL SaaS Leaders Need to Answer in 2024

As a SaaS leader, you know that the more metrics, insights, and analytics you add to your products, the more engagement you’ll have – and the stickier your product will become with customers. At what point do you decide to keep building your analytics in-house or invest in an embedded analytics solution? Read our Build vs. Buy Analytics guide to learn: Top 4 benefits of embedded analytics A quick cost comparison of in-house analytics development vs embedded analytics 10 considerations to help yo

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Article: How Platform and Site Reliability Engineering Are Evolving DevOps

InfoQ Culture Methods

Companies are now looking to grow and more effectively manage DevOps with platform engineering and site reliability engineering roles. No one has these roles perfectly carved out right now — there’s just too much to do and not enough people to do it — but knowing where these three disciplines do and don’t overlap will help organizations evolve and take advantage when they are ready.

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What Employees Need from Leaders in Uncertain Times

Harvard Business Review

It’s one thing to lead through a normal range of uncertainty with its ups and downs. But how do you lead when the inflections, disruptions, dislocations, and other threat conditions pile up, as they have in the last few years? While the leader has little to no control over the external competitive environment, they have astonishing influence over the internal performance environment, including employee engagement, morale, and productivity.

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Generative AI is hot, but predictive AI remains the workhorse

CIO

Since the release of ChatGPT in November 2022, generative AI (genAI) has become a high priority for enterprise CEOs and boards of directors. A PwC report, for instance, found that 84% of CIOs expect to use genAI to support a new business model in 2024. Certainly, there’s no doubt that genAI is a truly transformative technology. But it’s also important to remember that it is just one flavor of AI, and it’s not the best technology to power every use case.

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A Growing List Of Unicorns Haven’t Raised Funding For 3-Plus Years

Crunchbase News

Startups — much like cars — can usually go only so long before needing to refuel. How long, of course, will vary. Some go years before topping off again following a big fundraise. Others need to refill more frequently. The longer it takes, however, the less likely it becomes that fresh investment is forthcoming. That’s concerning given that for a growing list of U.S. unicorns, it’s been more than three years since their last fundraise, an analysis of Crunchbase data shows.

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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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Campfire is now for sale

David Heinemeier Hansson

After a couple of weeks of final Patek-level polishing with early-access customers, Campfire is finally for sale for all ! This is The Moment of Truth where we get to see whether all that excitement turns into credit card swipes. That release rush. I love it. And I especially love this release, because we’re trying to validate an entirely new-old way of selling software.

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Microsoft’s February 2024 Patch Tuesday Addresses 73 CVEs (CVE-2024-21351, CVE-2024-21412)

Tenable

5 Critical 66 Important 2 Moderate 0 Low Microsoft addresses 73 CVEs, including two zero-day vulnerabilities that were exploited in the wild. Microsoft patched 73 CVEs in its February Patch Tuesday release, with five rated critical, 66 rated as important and two rated as moderate. This month’s update includes patches for: NET Azure Active Directory Azure Connected Machine Agent Azure DevOps Azure File Sync Azure Site Recovery Azure Stack Internet Shortcut Files Microsoft ActiveX Microsoft Azure

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Article: Advice for Engineering Managers: Enabling Developers To Become (More) Creative

InfoQ Culture Methods

As an engineering manager, it is your responsibility to help facilitate creative thinking skills among the development team, but that's easier said than done. This article provides advice on how can you help amplify the creative thinking skills of your software development colleagues. we examine how different levels of creativity influence creativity and strategies to encourage creativity.