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10 ways to improve IT performance (without killing morale)

CIO

Every IT leader wants to create a fast, efficient, and innovative IT organization. After all, in today’s rapid-paced business world, a creative, productive IT team is vital for staying ahead of the competition, increasing revenue, and becoming a market leader. To establish a high-performing IT culture, IT leaders must be able to push their teams to the limit without crippling morale.

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AI in the Digital Landscape: Exploring the Impact on Customer Service, Tech Communities, and eCommerce Trends

MagmaLabs

Reading Time: 5 minutes This article explores the nuanced effects of artificial intelligence's ascendancy, analyzing its implications on three key domains – customer service, tech communities, and eCommerce trends. By examining AI's role in revolutionizing customer experiences, fostering collaboration and innovation, and dictating novel eCommerce models, crucial insights emerge that illuminate its multifaceted influence.

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Bioengineering, Health and Business

Ooda Loop

In our previous post in this series we reviewed some fundamentals in biological science and engineering we recommend all executives and investors be familiar with. In this post we dive into concepts centered around the impact of bioengineering on human health.

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The Importance of Chunking in RAG

OpenCredo

I don’t think it is possible to have not heard about the excitement around Large Language Models (LLMs) over the last year or so. At OpenCredo we have been following their development, and since hands-on experience is always best for understanding a technology, we have started to experiment with building an application around an LLM. Our Use Case The use case we chose for our experimentation was to have a chat app that we could ask for information about a group of people, based on their CVs.

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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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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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How AI is helping the NFL improve player safety

CIO

From the initial kickoff at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, an artificial intelligence platform will be tracking every move on the field to help keep players safer. Like many other professional sports leagues, the NFL has been at the leading edge of data-driven transformation for years. For example, in 2015 the league dramatically increased its data collection efforts by equipping all players with RFID sensors that pinpoint every player’s field position, speed, dis

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Important notice: 2024 annual dues adjustment

Agile Alliance

Effective March 1, 2024, select membership levels will see a slight increase in dues, a change from our temporary reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic to support our community. The post Important notice: 2024 annual dues adjustment first appeared on Agile Alliance.

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Confidential Information – What to Say When You Can’t Say Anything

Let's Grow Leaders

Handle confidential information with candor and care to build trust It can feel like a trap. Someone asks you a direct question about confidential information. Maybe it’s a personnel matter. A sensitive business negotiation or a product launch. In all these scenarios, there are sound ethical reasons for the information to remain secure. If you tell the person what you know, you violate confidentiality.

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Restrict GitHub branches to specific prefixes

Xebia

Many people follow some kind of naming format for their branches. Be it because they’re using GitHub Flow or Git Flow or because they’ve created their own meaningful naming patterns. With the new Rulesets you can enforce branches with specific patterns. It was a bit confusing to me at first, because I had to think in inverse to make this rule work.

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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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6 best practices for better vendor management

CIO

Vendor partnerships are becoming increasingly vital to IT agendas today. And how well an IT leader deals with and orchestrates vendor relationships can mean the difference between a well-organized and efficient IT operation and a mess that costs an organization millions of dollars without delivering positive results. To ensure vendor relationship help their organizations achieve their goals, IT leaders should establish a comprehensive technology vendor management strategy focused on maximizing f

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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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Proven Strategies To Resolve Conflict In The Workplace

Let's Grow Leaders

Ralph Kilmann, the co-creator of the Thomas Kilmann conflict mode instrument (TKI), discusses his lifelong work on how to resolve conflict and improve collaboration. Kilmann explains that his interest in conflict stems from his personal experiences growing up in a family affected by conflict and his academic studies on conflict management. He and his colleague developed the TKI assessment to measure the different ways people approach conflict, and it has become a widely used tool in organization

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TDD or Test-Last? One Thing at a Time

Xebia

Managing the Many Concerns in Programming Programming is a challenging activity. One major cause for this is the sheer amount of balls to keep in the air. At any given time, we need to: Understand the problem and its context Come up with solutions Capture solutions in code Understand the surrounding code (Most likely) fit new code into existing code Make the solution maintainable Ensure the code does what it’s supposed to Communicate ideas to others And this is not an exhaustive list; ther

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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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Why CIOs back API governance to avoid tech sprawl

CIO

Most companies have transitioned to become more software-centric, and with this transformation, application programming interfaces (APIs) have proliferated. At the same time, API standards are becoming difficult to enforce among ballooning technology catalogs, influencing a greater emphasis on API governance: the practice of defining and enforcing policies that ensure they’re consistently designed, versioned, and have access control in place, says Mark O’Neill, VP analyst and chief of research f

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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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Documentation update: work has begun

Ruby on Rails

Improving Rails documentation is one of the core pillars of why the Rails Foundation was formed, so we are pleased to share an update on how that mission is progressing. Thanks to organic contributions from the community over the past 20 years, the Rails documentation is already in a fantastic place - arguably one of the most in-depth and robust set of docs in tech.

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Why Are Companies Sitting on Cash Right Now?

Harvard Business Review

Many companies sit on piles of cash, even when rates of return suggest they shouldn’t. Why? Researchers have pointed to multiple reasons, including flexibility for M&A and tax advantages. But new research suggests it’s also a form of insurance, especially for smaller firms. Their likelihood of experiencing an adverse event (measured by the chance of being delisted) is significantly higher when they hold less cash.

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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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Salesforce’s Einstein 1 platform to get new prompt-engineering features

CIO

Salesforce is working on adding two new prompt engineering features to its Einstein 1 platform to speed up the development of generative AI applications in the enterprise, a top executive of the company said. The two new features, namely a testing center and the provision of prompt engineering suggestions, are the fruit of significant investment in the company’s AI engineering team, said Claire Cheng, vice president of machine learning and AI engineering at Salesforce.

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What Does CYBER COM 2.0 Look Like?

Ooda Loop

Recent reporting indicates that U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) is in the middle of restructuring the organization and the forces that support it in order to best position the command to address the changing cyber threat landscape. The strategy behind “CYBERCOM 2.

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CVE-2024-21762: Critical Fortinet FortiOS Out-of-Bound Write SSL VPN Vulnerability

Tenable

Fortinet warns of “potentially” exploited flaw in the SSL VPN functionality of FortiOS, as government agencies warn of pre-positioning by Chinese state-sponsored threat actors in U.S. critical infrastructure through exploitation of known vulnerabilities Background On February 8, Fortinet published an advisory (FG-IR-24-015) to address a critical flaw in FortiOS, its network operating system.

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How Early-Adopter Companies Are Thinking About Apple Vision Pro

Harvard Business Review

The Apple Vision Pro marks the biggest experiment yet in the field of “spatial computing,” which its boosters argue has the potential to be the next era of tech — a shift on par with the emergence of mobile computing. But what are early adopter companies really doing with Apple’s new hardware, and what do they hope to get out of these investments? The piece examines efforts from Lowe’s, e.l.f.

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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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Report: AI giants grow impatient with UK safety tests

CIO

Key AI companies have told the UK government to speed up its safety testing for their systems, raising questions about future government initiatives that too may hinge on technology providers opening up generative AI models to tests before new releases hit the public. OpenAI, Google DeepMind, Microsoft, and Meta are among companies who have agreed to allow the UK’s new AI Safety Institute (AISI) to evaluate their models, but they aren’t happy with the current pace or transparency of the evaluati

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From Quantum Foundations to Universal Insights: Embracing First Principles Thinking for Better Understanding Of How Things Work

Ooda Loop

If you believe in first principles thinking, you need to know some basic facts about the quantum world. Quantum effects can be really strange. So many things we know from experiments just seem totally irrational, illogical and are downright befuddling. But understanding quantum effects can give you advantage in business.

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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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How to Inspire Better Team Innovation: Cultivating an Idea Garden

Let's Grow Leaders

Inspire team innovation with an idea garden, saving great ideas for future growth. Hi Karin, “I attended your Courageous Cultures, how to Read Courageous Cultures with your team book club, and we loved it. We are using the book and we’re reading it. The good news is we’re getting SO MANY IDEAS. I continue to respond with regard (with gratitude, information, and an invitation) to the ideas I receive.

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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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Customer centricity: How Mashreq Bank is placing its customers at the forefront of its operations.

CIO

Mohamed Salah Abdel Hamid Abdel Razek, Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head of Tech, Transformation & Information, Mashreq explains how the bank is integrating advanced technologies and expanding its digital footprint. The company aims to provide customers with a banking journey that is not just efficient and secure, but also innovative, engaging, and memorable.

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OODA Almanac 2024 – Reorientation

Ooda Loop

The year 2024 will require a reorientation to new realities, largely driven by the acceleration of disruptive technologies grinding against the inertia of stale institutions that would rather we snack on the comfort food of the past than the buffet of the future.

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Harnessing the Power of AI in Cybersecurity — Predictions and Solutions

Palo Alto Networks

{{interview_audio_title}} 00:00 00:00 Volume Slider 10s 10s 10s 10s Seek Slider “AI’s Impact in Cybersecurity” is a blog series based on interviews with a variety of experts at Palo Alto Networks and Unit 42 with roles in AI research, product management, consulting, engineering and more. Our objective is to present different viewpoints and predictions on how artificial intelligence is impacting the current threat landscape, how Palo Alto Networks protects itself and its customers, as well as imp