2024

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AI poised to replace entry-level positions at large financial institutions

CIO

Global banks and investment firms are currently mulling plans to replace entry-level financial analyst positions with artificial intelligence (AI), with as many as two-thirds of these positions potentially on the chopping block. This anticipated move could completely transform how these companies hire new employees and how they manage and deliver the technology employees use.

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A major revision of Continuous Integration

Martin Fowler

At the turn of the century, I was lucky to involved in several projects that developed the practice of Continuous Integration. I wrote up our lessons from this work in article on my website, where it continues to be a oft-referenced resource for this important practice. Late last year a colleague contacted me to say that the article, now nearly twenty years old, was still useful, but was showing its age.

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23andMe tells victims it’s their fault that their data was breached

TechCrunch

Facing more than 30 lawsuits from victims of its massive data breach, 23andMe is now deflecting the blame to the victims themselves in an attempt to absolve itself from any responsibility, according to a letter sent to a group of victims seen by TechCrunch. “Rather than acknowledge its role in this data security disaster, 23andMe […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Why Engineers Should Study Philosophy

Harvard Business Review

The ability to develop crisp mental models around the problems you want to solve and understanding the why before you start working on the how is an increasingly critical skill, especially in the age of AI. Coding is one of the things AI does best and its capabilities are quickly improving. However, there’s a catch: Code created by an AI can be syntactically and semantically correct but not functionally correct.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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Quantum Day (aka “Q-Day”) is a Gray Rhino Stridently Galloping Straight at Your Organization

Ooda Loop

"Q-Day" is a scenario where "no more secrets" becomes a reality, as previously secure communications and data could be vulnerable to decryption by entities wielding quantum computational power (also known as "Quantum Supremacy"). Find a breakdown, analysis, and future scenarios here.

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The Ruby on Rails Resurgence

DevOps.com

Ruby combines functional and imperative programming to create an easy-to-use, powerful language where everything is an object. Introduced in 1995, the open source programming language became popular in the 2000s during the dot-com era, when developers at startups and established companies were under pressure to rapidly launch new web applications.

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Rails Guides get a facelift

Ruby on Rails

When Rails 7.0 landed in December 2021, it came with a fresh new homepage and a new boot screen. The design of the guides, however, has remained largely untouched since 2009 - a point which hasn’t gone unnoticed (we heard your feedback). With all of the work right now going into removing complexity from the Rails framework and making the documentation consistent, clear, and up-to-date, it was time to tackle the design of the guides and make them equally modern, simple, and fresh.

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Simplifying AI in the Enterprise: The Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA

Dell EMC

Dell Technologies announces the Dell AI Factory with NVIDIA, the industry's first end-to-end enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solution designed to address the complex needs of enterprises.

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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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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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Product Managing to Prevent Burnout

Honeycomb

I’m currently working on a small team within Honeycomb where we’re building an ambitious new feature. We’re excited—heck, the whole company is—and even our customers are knocking on our door. The energy is there. With all this excitement, I’ve been thinking about a risk that—if I’m not careful—could severely hinder my team’s ability to ship on time, celebrate success, and continue work after launch: burnout.

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French regulator fines Google $271M over generative AI copyright issue

CIO

France’s competition authority fined Google, its parent company Alphabet, and two subsidiaries a total of €250 million ($271 million) for breaching a previous agreement on using copyrighted content for training its Bard AI service, now known as Gemini. The Autorité de la concurrence said Wednesday that the search giant failed to comply with a June 2022 settlement over the use of news stories in its search results, News and Discover pages.

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Restaurant Robotics Revs Up Amid Labor Shortages

Crunchbase News

Americans love eating out. This year, we’re forecast to spend more than $1.1 trillion doing so — the highest total ever, per the National Restaurant Association. Trouble is, restaurants need people to provide those drinks, meals and snacks. By the end of the year, the industry will likely employ nearly 16 million of us nationwide. But it won’t be enough: Nearly half of food service employers today say they need more workers.

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Law firm that handles data breaches was hit by data breach

TechCrunch

An international law firm that works with companies affected by security incidents has experienced its own cyberattack that exposed the sensitive health information of hundreds of thousands of data breach victims. San Francisco-based Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe said last week that hackers stole the personal information and sensitive health data of more than 637,000 data […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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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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6 Common Leadership Styles — and How to Decide Which to Use When

Harvard Business Review

Research suggests that the most effective leaders adapt their style to different circumstances — be it a change in setting, a shift in organizational dynamics, or a turn in the business cycle. But what if you feel like you’re not equipped to take on a new and different leadership style — let alone more than one? In this article, the author outlines the six leadership styles Daniel Goleman first introduced in his 2000 HBR article, “Leadership That Gets Results,” and explains when to use each one.

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After His Presidential Re-election Victory, Putin Escalates Drone, Cyber and Disinformation Offensives

Ooda Loop

With Vladamir Putin "landslide" victory in the Russian Presidential election in the rearview mirror (the victory extends Putin's autocratic rule through 2030, which will be his 18th year as president), we provide some situational awareness RE: Putin's ongoing, global cyber and disinformation offensives - and the drone swarm attacks that are proving the 21st Century organizing principle of his barbaric land war in Ukraine, the first in mainland Europe since WWII.

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Demystifying Multimodal LLMs

Dataiku

Picture this : You’re scrolling through your favorite social media platform, and you come across a stunning image of a picturesque landscape. Intrigued, you type in a question about the location, expecting a response from a fellow user. But instead, a machine seamlessly identifies the scene and its location, provides a detailed description, and even suggests nearby attractions.

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Unlocking Innovation: AWS and Anthropic push the boundaries of generative AI together

AWS Machine Learning - AI

Amazon Bedrock is the best place to build and scale generative AI applications with large language models (LLM) and other foundation models (FMs). It enables customers to leverage a variety of high-performing FMs, such as the Claude family of models by Anthropic, to build custom generative AI applications. Looking back to 2021, when Anthropic first started building on AWS, no one could have envisioned how transformative the Claude family of models would be.

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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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Introducing Tableflow

Confluent

Seamlessly integrate Apache Kafka data into your lakehouse as Apache Iceberg tables, bridging the operational and analytical divide, with Tableflow. Read more in our blog post.

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Effectively Balancing CEO Duties and Project Management – A Practical Guide

CEO Insider

As the CEO of a company, successfully juggling the diverse responsibilities of executive leadership and project management can seem like a daunting task. This guide is designed to provide insights and strategies to help you strike a productive balance. In the upcoming sections, we will explore: The challenges of managing both roles In Which Scenario […] The post Effectively Balancing CEO Duties and Project Management – A Practical Guide appeared first on CEOWORLD magazine.

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The curious case of the disappearing Hydrox cookies

The Hustle

Audrey Peard is searching for an elusive, chocolatey piece of Americana: a package of Hydrox cookies. She’s visited multiple grocery stores near her home in the Bronx, followed a Facebook group, and even talked to a manager at a production facility in El Segundo, California, about supply shortages. “Almost 30, 40 years I’ve been on the trail for Hydrox,” she says.

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Is Backstage the Right Internal Developer Portal for You?

DevOps.com

There has never been a better time to be a software developer. There is a language and framework to solve virtually any challenges we encounter. New tools, architectural patterns and methodologies like DevOps and Agile have changed how we work, architect our applications and organize ourselves.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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8 strategies for accelerating IT modernization

CIO

New tech moves from bleeding edge to mainstream at an ever-increasing pace. Consider how fast generative AI went from avant-garde to ubiquity: At under two years, it may be a record. Feats like that have ramped up pressure on CIOs to not just modernize, but modernize faster so they’re ready to seize new opportunities as they arise by having infrastructure that can support emerging technologies and a team that isn’t mired in maintenance mode.

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Global Startup Funding In 2023 Clocks In At Lowest Level In 5 Years

Crunchbase News

A slower final quarter ended a lackluster year for global startup funding as venture capital investors continued to hold back in 2023, Crunchbase data shows. In all, 2023 is on pace to be the lowest for venture funding since 2018. Global startup investment in 2023 reached $285 billion — marking a 38% decline year over year, down from the $462 billion invested in 2022.

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Short-term rental provider Frontdesk lays off entire staff, on the verge of shutting down

TechCrunch

Another proptech startup has run into trouble. Frontdesk, a startup that managed more than 1,000 furnished apartments across the United States, laid off its entire 200-person workforce Tuesday after attempts to raise more capital failed, TechCrunch exclusively learned from sources familiar with internal happenings at the company. The mass layoff comes just seven months after […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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6 Strategic Concepts That Set High-Performing Companies Apart

Harvard Business Review

Strategic concepts come in and out of fashion as the needs and dynamics of the marketplace change. Research and analysis of today’s landscape identifies six key strategic concepts that set outperforming companies apart: Borrow someone’s road, partner with a third party, reveal your strategy, be good, let the competition go, and adopt small scale attacks.

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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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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Article: InfoQ Culture & Methods Trends Report - April 2024

InfoQ Culture Methods

The Culture and Methods trends report discusses evolving roles within teams, the way the staff plus roles are able to add value, the use and misuse of DevEx metrics, how remote work continues to evolve, a lack of diversity is still a challenge, and the need to move from climate change awareness to climate conscious software engineering By Shane Hastie, Jutta Eckstein, Ben Linders, Susan McIntosh, Rafiq Gemmail, Craig Smith

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Rails 7.1.3 has been released!

Ruby on Rails

Hi everyone, I am happy to announce that Rails 7.1.3 has been released. CHANGES since 7.1.2 To see a summary of changes, please read the release on GitHub: 7.1.3 CHANGELOG To view the changes for each gem, please read the changelogs on GitHub: Action Cable CHANGELOG Action Mailbox CHANGELOG Action Mailer CHANGELOG Action Pack CHANGELOG Action Text CHANGELOG Action View CHANGELOG Active Job CHANGELOG Active Model CHANGELOG Active Record CHANGELOG Active Storage CHANGELOG Active Support CHANGELOG

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