Inside CTO/CIO - April 23rd, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Apr 23rd, 2019)

Apple's cloud bill, Dell renews Cisco vows, Edge lures enterprise

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1. Apple spent $350M in 2018 and is now spending $30M+ a month on Amazon Web Services. This makes Apple one of Amazon cloud's biggest customers, and Apple has inked a contract with Amazon for $1.5 billion over the next five years. Apple is in good company; Lyft revealed in its recent IPO filing that it will be spending $300 million on AWS across the next three years. Netflix spends tens of millions a month on AWS, yet has been openly looking at internal options as well as Google's cloud offerings. Earlier this year, Spotify signed a $447 million deal with Google Cloud, while Snap (Snapchat) plans to split its $3 billion in cloud costs between Google and Amazon over the next five years. --FORBES

2. Dell announced a multi-year extension of its systems integrator agreement with Cisco. In a blog post, Dell EMC said that as a leader in reference systems and integrated infrastructure, "Dell EMC thinks it's clear CI will remain a popular choice for years to come." Converged infrastructure spending was up 15% in 2018's 4th quarter and Dell companies took the top spot in both hardware and software thanks to VMware. That growth was driven by the hyperconverged infrastructure market -- sales of reference design systems and integrated infrastructure were down year-over-year. The companies will continue to collaborate on product development, as well as in areas like sales and marketing. --ZDNET

3. A GitHub repository calling out tech orgs in China that overwork employees is too popular for its own good. The GitHub repository at "996.ICU" in China has been calling out tech companies in the country who pressure employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days per week. "Since it went up last month, the page has been starred over 229,000 times, making it one of the most popular GitHub repositories on the site," reports PC Magazine. Microsoft employees are worried the Chinese government will force their employer to take the page down. The workers have circulated an internal letter asking Microsoft to stand with them against any pressure to censor the page. --PC MAG

4. Microsoft's iOS and Android versions of Edge now support single sign-on (SSO) and conditional access. This is an attractive lure for enterprise users to run Edge on mobile devices, as it adds crucial security, management and convenience features to the enterprise. Both SSO and conditional access are ready for testing, allowing your teams to sign into Azure Directory connected apps once. Meanwhile, IT admins can limit employees to using Intune protected browsers with Azure AD-connected web apps (via MSPU). --COMPUTERWORLD

5. Microsoft Office is the most targeted platform for enterprise attacks. Kaspersky Lab researchers found that more than 70% of all the attacks they catch target Microsoft Office, and only 14% take advantage of browser vulnerabilities. Two years ago, it was the opposite. --CSO ONLINE

6. Automation creates problems for recruiting in the cybersecurity space. According to a report from DomainTools and the Ponemon Institute, almost half of survey respondents said they're unable to adequately staff their IT departments with skilled workers and that the gap in advanced infosec skills is driving up an investment in cyber automation. The report analyzed automation​'s impact on current IT staffing and security practices in the U.S., U.K. and Asia Pacific (APAC). --HR DIVE

7. Oracle leverages innovation hubs to drive its cultural and business shift to cloud. Oracle has opened five innovation hubs over the last several years with locations in Austin, Texas; Reston, Virginia; Burlington, Massachusetts; Bangalore, India and Santa Monica, California. TechCrunch examines what these centers are hoping to achieve, and how will it extend the lessons learned to the rest of the company. --TECHCRUNCH

8. Key CIO soft skills must include networking, which isn't always easy. Networking events from conferences to meet-ups are easier -- no matter how you feel -- with an action plan for what to do before, during, and after events. This cheat sheet of tips cover how to prepare before the event, flip your mindset to pretend that you are the host of the event, to focus on learning from your interactions, and more. --THE ENTERPRISERS PROJECT

9. There are five key ways for DevOps to secure your containers. Containers are only as secure as the programs within them; ,open source security company Synk analyzed the 10 most popular Docker images and found every dingle one was riddled with vulnerable versions of system libraries. This superb list of DevOps container security rules includes investigation before deployment, root access control, and how to lock down the OS. --HPE

10. Adobe is enlisting AI to establish self-healing ITSM. Adobe uses AI, ML and NLP to help “change the dynamic within ITSM to allow for a better level of service to whoever that end customer is and to change the role of the ITSM professional to work on higher-level tasks instead of just ticket reduction,” says Cynthia Stoddard, senior vice president and CIO at Adobe. --CIO

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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