Inside CTO/CIO - April 25th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Apr 25th, 2019)

Microsoft fixes passwords, Japan's Y2K, Delta Lake goes open source

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1. Microsoft ends its 'ancient, obsolete' expiring password policy with Windows 10. Microsoft's recommended 60-day password expiration policy is out, and orgs will no longer get a 'red mark' for not implementing prompts. "Periodic password expiration is an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value, and we don't believe it's worthwhile for our baseline to enforce any specific value," explained Microsoft principal consultant Aaron Margosis. Microsoft's change finally follows NIST's "new" standards -- from two years ago. Orgs are urged to use the Azure Active Directory password protection tool, which admins can use to ban bad passwords like "password." The expiring password policies will get the axe in security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 1903, or the May 2019 Update, and for Windows Server 1903. --ZDNET

2. Docker devs can now build Arm containers on the desktop. Docker and Arm announced a major new partnership that will see the two companies collaborate in bringing improved support for the Arm platform to Docker’s tools. It means Docker developers can now build their apps for the Arm platform right from their x86 desktops and deploy to the cloud (including the Arm-based AWS EC2 A1 instances), edge and IoT devices. Developers will be able to build their containers for Arm just like they do today, without the need for any cross-compilation. --TECHCRUNCH

3. Databricks open-sources Delta Lake, making data lakes more reliable. The open-sourcing of Delta Lake means the storage layer makes it easier to ensure data integrity as new data flows into an enterprise’s data lake by bringing ACID transactions to these vast data repositories. Delta Lake is a storage layer that sits on top of data lakes to ensure reliable data sources for machine learning and other data science-driven pursuits; it runs on top of existing data lakes and is compatible with the Apache spark APIs. Databricks was founded by the original developers of the Apache Spark big data analytics engine. --VENTUREBEAT

4. Throwback Thursday: Like Y2K, Japan is scrambling to reconcile systems with a calendar change. Experts have been warning about a potential Y2K incident May 1 as Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, begins a new imperial era. It is compared to Y2K, the digital threat in the lead-up to the year 2000, and the dilemma even has Microsoft Japan pushing a specialized update for organizations. For orgs that can't get their (literal) paperwork in order by the deadline, Japan's METI recommends a distinctly old-school solution: correcting documents with rubber stamps bearing the Japanese characters for the new year. --NYT

5. The founder of KISSMetrics reflects on how the analytics startup failed. It's a tale CIOs and CTOs will be keen to read, as the problems came out of distraction from random ideas, drive-by management, lack of prioritization, and more. The essay is packed with solid advice for the times. --PRODUCT HABITS

6. Women hold fewer than one in five CIO or CTO roles. That's a bummer, though at least representation for female CIO/CTOs has increased slightly since 2018, when only 16% of CIO/CTO roles were held by women. The financial industry has the largest representation of women CIO/CTOs, where 25% of women hold the position; In the services sector, by comparison, only 7% of CIO/CTO positions are held by women. --CIO DIVE

7. CIOs remain cautious on AI experiments and investments. That's the big takeaway after a CIO reporter spent two days at the O’Reilly AI Conference in New York last week, as well as diving into the latest survey results from O’Reilly's trend report, AI Adoption in the Enterprise. --CIO

8. Xerox named a new CTO in its push for digitally-savvy ops. Former HP CIO Naresh Shanker is now senior vice president and chief technology officer at Xerox; he'll be responsible for R&D and "an increasingly digital information technology operation." At HP, Shanker transitioned the company to a digital services business, and worked developing patented software that "enables high-volume, microtransactions from a digital storefront." --CIO DIVE

9. Tech Pro Research has published a new hiring kit for Computer Systems Analyst in enterprise. The position's evolution now means you need to hire for designing, implementing, and maintaining information systems -- as well as being a "change advocate." The refreshed hiring kit contains a job description, sample interview questions, and a basic want ad to help you find, interview, recruit, and hire an analyst who can keep your org relevant. --TECH PRO RESEARCH

10. Myths about prescriptive analytics persist, and you'd do well to avoid the top five. Prescriptive analytics is what gives your org a competitive advantage to maximize an impending opportunity, optimize a situation, and mitigate future risk. The trick is knowing what prescriptive analytics is -- and is not. --TECH REPUBLIC

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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