June, 2024

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CIOs take note: Platform engineering teams are the future core of IT orgs

CIO

Three years ago BSH Home Appliances completely rearranged its IT organization, creating a digital platform services team consisting of three global platform engineering teams, and four regional platform and operations teams. Berke Menekli, VP of digital platform services, says it’s one of the best things he ever did. BSH’s previous infrastructure and operations teams, which supported the European appliance manufacturer’s application development groups, simply acted as suppliers of infrastructur

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9 Best AI Tools for Programming Assistance in 2024

The Crazy Programmer

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing software development by enhancing productivity, improving code quality, and automating routine tasks. Developers now have access to various AI-powered tools that assist in coding, debugging, and documentation. This article provides a detailed overview of the best AI programming tools in 2024. 1. GitHub Copilot It is one of the most popular AI-powered coding assistant tools developed by GitHub and OpenAI.

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Bigger, Better Small Talk: Practical Ways to Connect with Your Coworkers

Let's Grow Leaders

Get Better at Small Talk By Asking the Next Best Question Do you dread small talk? Does the idea of asking (or being asked) “How was your weekend?” make you cringe? We get it. You don’t have a lot of extra time for long conversations. You’ve got work to do. But here’s the thing. People are more likely to help you when they feel seen by you—as a person—not just for what they can do for you.

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How to Fix ‘AI’s Original Sin’

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

Last month, TheNew York Times claimed that tech giants OpenAI and Google have waded into a copyright gray area by transcribing the vast volume of YouTube videos and using that text as additional training data for their AI models despite terms of service that prohibit such efforts and copyright law that the Times argues places them in dispute. The Times also quoted Meta officials as saying that their models will not be able to keep up unless they follow OpenAI and Google’s lead.

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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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These Services Shall Not Pass: Abusing Service Tags to Bypass Azure Firewall Rules (Customer Action Required)

Tenable

Azure customers whose firewall rules rely on Azure Service Tags, pay attention: You could be at risk due to a vulnerability detected by Tenable Research. Here’s what you need to know to determine if you’re affected, and if so, what you should do right away to protect your Azure environment from attackers. Tenable Research has discovered a vulnerability in Azure that allows an attacker to bypass firewall rules based on Azure Service Tags by forging requests from trusted services.

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Deepfakes: Coming soon to a company near you

CIO

AI-powered deepfake technology is rapidly advancing, and it’s only a matter of time before cybercriminals find a business model they can use, some security experts say.

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Should We Really Be Worried Over Influence Campaigns?

Ooda Loop

In the runup to the 2024 U.S. presidential election, much attention has been placed on rampant influence campaigns emerging from U.S. adversaries like China, Iran, and Russia.

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AI Training

DevOps.com

There will come a time when how AI works will be a an unknowable mystery that can be explained only by a belief in the existence of magic. There will come a time when how AI works will be a an unknowable mystery that can be explained only by a belief in the existence of magic.

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Article: Using Generative AI in Software Project Management to Bridge Domains and Accelerate Productivity

InfoQ Culture Methods

Gen AI Assistants play to the strengths of professionals with a breadth of experience, particularly software developers who can describe what they want the LLM to complete and critically evaluate the result. These tools enable us to swiftly cross divides of domain language and scale large repetitive tasks down to interesting ones on a human scale.

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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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Cybersecurity Snapshot: NIST Program Assesses How AI Systems Will Behave in the Real World, While FBI Has Troves of Decryption Keys for LockBit Victims

Tenable

Check out the new ARIA program from NIST, designed to evaluate if an AI system will be safe and fair once it’s launched. Plus, the FBI offers to help LockBit victims with thousands of decryption keys. In addition, Deloitte finds that boosting cybersecurity is key for generative AI deployment success. And why identity security is getting harder. And much more!

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How to Get Your Team to Actually Speak Up

Harvard Business Review

There is a common leadership misconception that merely encouraging team members to voice their opinions will foster an environment of openness. But people won’t speak up unless they feel safe doing so. As a leader, this means you have to address the underlying reasons for employee reticence, including the individual and systemic barriers to speaking up.

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Unauthorized AI is eating your company data, thanks to your employees

CIO

Legal documents, HR data, source code, and other sensitive corporate information is being fed into unlicensed, publicly available AIs at a swift rate, leaving IT leaders with a mounting shadow AI mess.

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Decision-Making and Deep Tech with Laura Thomas: Insights from a Former CIA Officer

Ooda Loop

In this episode of OODAcast, Bob Gourley interviews Laura Thomas, a deep tech consultant and former CIA officer. Laura discusses her journey from a small town in North Carolina to a career in the CIA, where she served as a case officer. She emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and decision-making under uncertainty, and how these skills have translated to her work in deep tech.

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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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The Rise of Coding Assistants: Supercharging Developer Productivity

DevOps.com

The rapid advancements in large language model (LLM) coding assistants have sparked debates about the future of coding, with some even predicting doomsday for coders.

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Early AI Funding May Be Showing Some Cracks

Crunchbase News

While funding to AI-related startups remains strong, with nearly $30 billion raised so far this year alone, there are indicators that some of the earliest-stage investors are getting some AI fatigue. Deal-making volume seems to be slowing in the second quarter — with just a couple of weeks left — compared to other recent quarters, when investors’ appetite showed little to no limits for the all-encompassing technology.

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Introducing StorageLink v1.1.1: Enhanced Security, Improved Compatibility, and More

Thorn Tech

We are excited to announce the release of StorageLink v1.1.1, packed with new features, improvements, and critical bug fixes to enhance your experience and bolster the security of your file transfer solution.

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Learning to Delegate as a First-Time Manager

Harvard Business Review

Learning how to delegate well is a skill every first-time manager needs to learn from the very start. Many people are promoted into management for doing their previous job well. But once you’re promoted into a leadership role, you must accept that you can’t do everything on your own — nor should you. Though it may seem counterintuitive, the more senior you become in an organization, the less you’ll be involved in doing the day-to-day work.

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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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Generative AI’s killer enterprise app just might be ERP

CIO

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is ripe for a major makeover thanks to generative AI, as some experts see the tandem as a perfect pairing that could lead to higher profits at enterprises that combine them. The use of gen AI with ERP systems is still in its early days, but the combination is expected to provide several benefits, including helping employees create specialized ERP functionality on their own through code wizards, says Liz Herbert, a Forrester analyst and lead author of the report

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Cybersecurity Regulation Harmonization Need to Be Done Correctly, Not Quickly

Ooda Loop

There is no doubt that regulation harmonization is much needed especially given the amount of cyber regulation being developed or already on the books, and how it’s being enforced.

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#792 AGI is on the Horizon with Daniel Faggella, Head of Research & CEO at Emerj

Modern CTO

Today we’re talking to Daniel Faggella, Head of Research & CEO at Emerj. We discuss the possibility of being 10 years away from AGI, how such a technology could compete with humanity, and what business leaders are actually talking about in light of these technological developments. All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! To learn more about Emerj, check out their website: [link] Produced by ProSeries Media: [link] For booking inquiries, email booking@proseriesmedia.com

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Microsoft, Nvidia Lead In Investing In AI Startups, But Others Close Behind

Crunchbase News

Just last week it was reported chip giant Nvidia , Salesforce Ventures 1 and Cisco all participated in a $450 million investment for Toronto-based AI startup Cohere. That same day, Cisco and its investment arm — Cisco Investments — made news when it launched a $1 billion AI investment fund. Those noteworthy machinations by some of the biggest names in tech are just the latest examples of these corporate giants’ desires to at best be leaders in the generative AI sector — and at worst not fall be

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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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How to Discover, Analyze and Respond to Threats Faster with Generative AI

Tenable

Generative AI (GenAI) is being hailed as the most transformative innovation since the rise of the internet in the 1990s. For security, GenAI can revolutionize the field if applied correctly, especially when it comes to threat detection and response. It enhances efficiency and productivity by swiftly processing and delivering critical information when it matters most.

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How AI Can Make Make Us Better Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Humans are good at inventing tools, but not as good at adapting to the change these tools can cause. While there has been much focus on the technical impacts and potential dark side of AI, the authors’ research has shown that AI can enhance and empower leadership, actually helping make leaders more human. To do this, we need to invest just as much in the development of our human potential as we do in harnessing the power of AI.

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IT leaders rethink talent strategies to cope with AI skills crunch

CIO

As head of transformation, artificial intelligence, and delivery at Guardian Life, John Napoli is ramping up his company’s AI initiatives. And a big part of that is scaling up AI talent. But Napoli, like many CIOs, is facing a tough labor landscape for highly sought skills. By most accounts, enterprise CIOs are rushing to hire for AI-related roles, putting them into fierce competition with one another — and with big tech companies and CTOs everywhere.

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Signal Foundation Warns Against EU’s Plan to Scan Private Messages for CSAM

Ooda Loop

Meredith Whittaker, President of the Signal Foundation, is expressing major concern in regard to a European Union proposal. The European Union’s proposal suggests scanning users’ private messages for the detection of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). However, according to Whittaker, the EU’s proposal poses potential threats to end-to-end encryption.

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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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Cloudera Unveils Plans for Annual Pride Celebration in Cork

Cloudera

Pride Month is underway and we at Cloudera are looking forward to joining the global celebration of diversity, equity and the ongoing effort for LGBTQ+ ( L esbian, G ay, B isexual, T ransgender, Q ueer/ Q uestioning) rights and recognition. Pride Month serves as a reminder that the fight for equality and equity for members of the LGBTQ+ community is not over.

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Semiconductor Startup Funding Looks To Bounce Back After Lackluster 2023

Crunchbase News

Black Semiconductor was the latest chip startup to make headlines when it raised nearly $275 million — mainly from the German government — last week for its next-gen chip tech. It was just the latest sign of chip startups being able to raise big money as once again one of the most foundational technologies grab investors’ attention around the world, mainly thanks to AI.

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Microsoft’s June 2024 Patch Tuesday Addresses 49 CVEs

Tenable

1 Critical 48 Important 0 Moderate 0 Low Microsoft addresses 49 CVEs in its June 2024 Patch Tuesday release with one rated as critical and no zero-day or publicly disclosed vulnerabilities. Our counts omitted two CVEs that were not issued by Microsoft, which include CVE-2023-50868 (issued by MITRE) and CVE-2024-29187 (issued by GitHub). Microsoft patched 49 CVEs in its June 2024 Patch Tuesday release, with one rated critical and 48 rated as important.

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