How will the cloud change IT? Look at Microsoft

Source – infoworld.com Microsoft is planning a global sales reorganization to better focus on selling cloud software, according to Microsoft insiders. This comes as no surprise, considering that Microsoft did the same for its ailing phone business last year. What does this mean? Well, cloud in, software out—at least from the Microsoft business standpoint. However, count on Microsoft soaking you for more operating system and office automation money for years to come. So, that’s still a thing. What does this mean to you,

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DevOps is failing these three tenets of privacy compliance

Source – sdtimes.com If you’re like many organizations with data security concerns, you probably believe your automated tests are sufficient to catch any potential security or privacy vulnerabilities. The scenario is familiar: You’re streaming data from multiple sources into your SEIM systems, and you’ve configured triggers for the reporting process. You keep a close eye on results from automated tests on software running in production. All of your monitoring tools indicate your code is running flawlessly and there are zero errors.

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IT Security Practices Being Eyed Earlier in App Development: Study

Source – windowsitpro.com In the past, IT security in the application building process has often been addressed as an after-thought, usually brought up at the last minute, just after the desired application and code were created. Since 2014, however, that frequent pattern has been changing as more security emphasis is apparently being brought into application development earlier in its creation, according to a recent DevSecOps study on enterprise security practices, released by Sonatype. The report, the 2017 DevSecOps Community Survey, found that in 2014, the last time

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3 Career Paths Software Developers Might Want to Pursue

Source – informationweek.com Not every senior developer is cut out to be a manager. In fact, many aren’t. That’s not a dig at developers. Rather, it’s a recognition of the role’s nature. Many programmers select the field because they want to be individual contributors, not managers. Even those interested in mentoring others — say, as a software architect or lead developer — may not want to be a developer manager. Yet, either by external or internal pressures, top software developers are

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How to build a DevOps center of excellence: 4 steps

Source – enterprisersproject.com For leaders seeking to transition IT teams from traditional, waterfall-style development to a DevOps approach, culture shock danger looms large. How do you make such a deeply transformative change without causing severe disruption? One answer is to create a center of excellence within your organization, where a DevOps approach has the chance to start small, and then grow and flourish as the approach proves itself, says Kevin Baril, technology strategy & management principal at advisory firm Grant Thornton. “Your business

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Are DevOps and Application Security Compatible?

Source – simpleprogrammer.com DevOps is the word of the year. The software industry is on fire with the DevOps craze and more and more companies are looking for DevOps skills. DevOps practices are the key to delivering value quickly, scaling effectively, and enabling a fast feedback cycle of important information. They allow the true agility in software development that companies need to be successful. Good application security practices help to prevent the misuse of software for nefarious means. It aims to protect

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The Future of IT Skills for Technical Support Organizations

Source – dqindia.com Over the past few years, digital transformation has become a watchword for many businesses. In this new era defined by cloud computing, social media and mobile strategies, companies are pursuing new IT tools, and it is clear that the best use of tools require a disruption to operational procedures. Accompanies seek success with new products and new customers; there are many areas that must be addressed in order to become a truly digital service provider. One of the

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6 Macro Disruptors That Will Change Information Technology

Source – techtarget.com Change is a good thing in the long run, but change can really suck while you’re experiencing it.  Right now, six (6) macro phenomena are changing the practice of Information Technology.  These changes provide both opportunities for new solutions to enter the marketplace, but also threaten the status quo – and the leaders therein.  Whether you are responsible for the success of new technologies that offer revolutionary new capabilities or are tasked with positioning your existing technology in

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How to tackle changing cloud security threats: A guide

Source – cloudcomputing-news.net IT workers face a serious challenge when it comes to file sharing. In one corner is corporate governance which seeks to protect businesses and prevent cyber-attacks. In the opposite corner are end users who want to work more efficiently – collaboratively – by sharing or saving files. The best way of ending this conflict is to find middle ground. In attempting this resolution, enterprises need to find the right balance between IT security and governance on one side

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The latest cyber attacks show why the cloud is safer

Source – infoworld.com Computer systems from the Ukraine to the United States were affected last week by the Petya cyber attack. It’s similar to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack last month. The WannaCry ransomware took advantage of vulnerabilities in the older versions of Windows that allowed the infection to spread. All someone needed to do was click a malicious link and—bang!—they were infected. That is, if they hadn’t installed the patches and updates. These attacks are a reminder of why the cloud is a

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