ENTREPRENEURS: With Cloud Computing, The Sky’s The Limit. it’s estimated that about 37% of America’s small businesses have taken advantage of cloud computing, and an Intuit study conducted last year predicts that this figure could double over the next five years. Is your business considering a transition to cloud computing? Here’s a look at some of the reasons cloud computing is catching on in a big way all across the small business world. Read more

ORACLE: Develops Full-Fledged Cloud Computing Platform. Oracle has been one of the first tech giants to develop a full-fledged cloud computing platform, something that’s definitely holding it in very good stead right now. The company’s CEO Mark Hurd says he expects the cloud business to grow in double digits for this year as well. Read more

NAAS OFFERINGS: Explore The Role Of Network As A Service In Cloud Computing. The growth of cloud computing has introduced a series of advances to virtualization and on-demand resource allocation. Starting with Amazon’s release of S3 object storage, cloud providers have enabled an array of IT services. And, although it gets less attention than compute, storage and higher-level software services, networking is no exception. Read more

SERVICE-LEVEL AGREEMENTS: Managing Expectations Is Everything With Cloud Computing. As more enterprises adopt more cloud for important applications, they’re finding they’re dealing with new types of relationships, unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Unlike software purchases in the past, there’s no longer an up-front installation, followed by tech support as needed. Instead, the relationship is more akin to a marriage in which the spouses not only live together, but also work together all day long — 24×7. Read more


PODCAST: Cracking The Code To A More Diverse Tech Workforce. The giants of Silicon Valley — Google, Twitter, Facebook — report that just three to four percent of their workforce is black or Hispanic, and men outnumber women by more than two to one. Now, tech companies are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to address the imbalance. In New York, one camp is training such a new generation of software coders. Read more

IT MANAGEMENT: How Gender Impacts The Tech Job Search. Although professionals in tech have worked hard to erase the stereotype that IT is a man’s field, these beliefs still exist among men and women in tech. A study published in March 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), found that when employers had to hire a professional for a mathematical task, both male and female recruiters were twice as likely to hire a man over a woman. Read more

RESEARCH STUDY: On-Demand Workforce To Include 7.6 Million People By 2020. Neither regulatory battles facing Uber and Airbnb nor mounting pressure on tech startups to convert their independent contractors to employees will slow the rapid-fire growth of the on-demand workforce, according to a new study. Read more

TALENT ANALYTICS: Machine Learning 2.0 — What’s Old Is New Again. Forget about big data. The latest analytics buzzword HR leaders should be tracking is actually a blast from the past: machine learning. The term has been around since the early 1960s, but over the past two years human resources tech vendors across the industry have infused it with new life. Read more


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FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – October 27, 2015

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