Inside CTO/CIO - June 28th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Jun 28th, 2019)

Secure public database / 5G and IoT / Managing metadata

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1. Oracle has announced a private database service running inside its public cloud to give enterprise customers with high-security requirements their own dedicated infrastructure. The Automated Database service will handle database infrastructure and management issues and gives companies a platform to run any size database with any type of workload. This allows for the customization of operational policies and the option to control database density. The service is one way for enterprises to address concerns about the lack of visibility into data and application traffic inside the public cloud, which threatens their ability to identify malicious traffic by source and to detect indicators of compromise. -VENTUREBEAT

2. Following in the steps of Silicon Valley startups, traditional enterprises are enabling continuous delivery (CD) for software development, CD makes it possible to quickly do experiments in production and rapidly test product ideas. Testing professionals interested in quality can move their organizations toward CD by diagramming their testing from commit to the time software goes live in production; measuring risks by viewing a dependency map of which services call other services; and building a coalition of cross-disciplinary teams. Enterprises also can look to the Continuous Delivery Foundation for CD training. -TECHBEACON  

3. IoT applications benefit from the higher bandwidth and lower latency connections that 5G offers. Enterprises are beginning to question whether they need WiFi or high-speed networks when carriers can provide 5G. 5G offers the capacity that will make it easier to provision billions of IoT devices and allow enterprises to slice up the network to do things they weren't able to do before to support their IoT needs. Close to 27 billion IoT devices are active this year. Analyst Jack Gold offers his perspective on 5G and IoT in a new video. - NETWORK WORLD

4. You should be managing the lifecycle of your metadata to avoid issues with upstream systems, such as those that are affiliated with regulatory compliance. Doing this right requires automation to quickly and accurately identify one or many objects based on attributes attached to the object The data within the attributes must be up to date, as metadata has a huge impact on the ability of search engines to deliver the right results. Managers and data analysts are not usually well-tuned into the value of metadata. Typically, only programmers know the deepest layers of metadata.-- NETWORK WORLD

5. Recent acquisitions of data analytics software companies by Google and Salesforce should get CIOs' attention. They signal the importance of driving analytics standardization and democratization. People outside of the IT function should be able to dig deeper into data to discover how much pipeline revenue is associated with which customers to determine which clients who should receive better discounts on the suppliers they purchase, for example. - SEARCHCIO

6. Tech leaders should not only manage technology but also disrupt organizational mindsets and practices. That's the way to enable business transformation through technology. Digital vanguards should spend one-third of their budgets on innovation in the next three years. They also should create agile work environments to put people in situations where they have to acquire new expertise. --  CIO

7. AI startup Hypergiant adds Bill Nye to its board of advisors. He'll be helping to develop AI systems focused on climate change and space exploration. -TECHCRUNCH

8. The Trump administration has banned selling U.S. technology to Chinese telecom giant Huawei but chipmakers are circumventing the order. Companies including Intel and Micron are reportedly getting around the ban by s not labeling their goods as American-made. Huawei needs access to its U.S. suppliers to avoid suffering a significanlt loss of revenue. Chipmakers also could see revenue losses if they can't count on Huawei to purchase their components. -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

9. MIT is recognizing researchers who are contributing to cutting-edge technology such as quantum computing. Its annual list of 35 innovators under age 35 includes a pioneer working on practical quantum computer transformations. IBM researcher Arbhinav Kandala is using quantum computers to simulate molecules that could lead to the discovery of new medicines and materials. -- MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

10. Standards group FIDO Alliance has formed a working group to solve the poor security of most IoT devices, including industrial products. The group will create IoT device authentication profiles to enable interoperability between service providers and devices. Previously FIDO created standards for passwordless authentication. -- DARKREADING

Jennifer Zaino is a freelance writer and editor specializing in business, technology, healthcare and education. 

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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