Inside CTO/CIO - March 21st, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 21st, 2019)

Google EU fines hit $9B / Azure open source / The rise of DevSecOps

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1. Google has been fined $1.7 billion by EU regulators for antitrust violations in the online advertising market. The European commission said it was over misconduct that spanned a decade. This brings European fines against Google to a total of $9.3 billion. Last year the EU hit Google with $5B fines for leveraging its Android OS to unfairly undercut rivals in the mobile market, and In 2017 the company was fined nearly $3B for unfairly favoring its own shopping services. The European Union's top competition commissioner said Google engaged in "illegal practices" in a bid to "cement its dominant market position." --NYT

2. Microsoft is open-sourcing its algorithm, hardware, and source code for Azure data compression. The company announced this week that Azure's cloud-compression algorithm and optimized hardware implementation for cloud storage is now open source and known as "Project Zipline." It is opening the associated hardware design specs and related source code to the Open Compute Project, which Microsoft joined in 2014. This was among several announcements this week of new tools to help IT pros reduce costs, including today's previews of Windows Virtual Desktop and Defender ATP for Mac. --ZDNET

3. Global security spending on hardware, software and services will reach $103 billion in 2019, says IDC. It is up 9.4 percent from 2018, with large enterprises budgeting the most. IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide states that security spends are growing at an annual rate of 9.2 percent; by 2022 security spending is expected to be $133.8B. Banking, discrete manufacturing and federal and central government are projected to pay more than other verticals. --AP

4. A new Fonolo report on customer-experience trends says good CX is a critical priority. Fonolo's report stresses the competitive importance of next-gen tech and big data. Among its findings, the value of good CX will soon equal, if not exceed the importance of your company's product or service itself. Helpfully, the report whittles crucial CX priorities down to three key qualities. --DMN

5. Walmart CTO Jeremy King is quitting and no one knows where he's going next. According to a memo obtained by CNBC, King, who led the retailer’s technology arm (Walmart Labs) says he's off to an as-yet unnamed "new adventure." --CNBC

6. A small healthcare company in the US got locked out of its data center's core switch when an employee died. Don't let it happen to you: The deceased engineer was the only person who knew how to log into the core switch. The employee was apparently a legacy -- and difficult -- team member. --THE REGISTER

7. CIO life revolves around data storage and sci-fi has eight fascinating ways of ideating its future. This look at imaginings ranging from Black Mirror to Star Trek not only makes the data storage burden seem more fun, but also hints at ways CIOs might creatively further an innovation-focused agenda. --HPE

8. RSAC 2019 underscored the need for a baked-in security focus in app development. It feels buzzword-y right now, but the rapid rise of security-aware DevOps, called DevSecOps (or SecDevOps), was everywhere at RSAC, as seen in numerous sessions and product announcements. --INFORMATIONWEEK

9. Zack Hicks is defining the future of driving for Toyota. In an in-depth interview, Forbes examines his role as the CDO leading Toyota's connected car ecosystem and how he's leading transformational change through cutting edge technology, data and connectivity. --FORBES

10. First-time CIOs struggle with the authority and anxiety, a threat to any company's competitive relevance. With companies like Shake Shack, Wells Fargo and Instacart recently hiring their first-ever CIOs, it's more important than ever to look at what goes into a first-time CIO role across different industries. --CIO DIVE

This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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