Here’s a fix for open source supply chain attacks

Commentary: Open source has never been more popular or more under attack, but there’s something cloud providers can do to make OSS more secure.

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TechRepublic contributing writer Jack Wallen is correct that “Open source software has proved itself, time and time and time again, that it is business-grade for a very long time.” Sonatype is also correct that supply chain attacks against popular open source software repositories jumped 650% over the last year. In fact, it’s the very popularity of that open source software that makes it a prime target.

Even though President Biden has called for greater focus on the safety and integrity of open source software, we’re no closer to knowing how to achieve it. Some larger projects like Kubernetes have the corporate backing necessary to ensure significant investment in securing the software, while others may be heavily used but can be

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Storage for unstructured big data should be part of a company’s strategy

For many IT organizations, data storage is an afterthought and not a strategic concern. However, when it comes to big data management, storage should occupy center stage.

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Unstructured data is used to pictorially document key events, capture paper-based documents in a digital free-form format and report on company operations through sensors and other Internet of Things devices. Yet, a 2020 survey of C-level executives conducted by NewVantage revealed that only 37.8% of companies surveyed felt they had created a data-driven culture, and over half (54.9%) felt that they could not compete with other companies in the areas of data and analytics. 

SEE: Snowflake data warehouse platform: A cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“About 43% of all data that organizations capture goes unutilized, representing enormous untapped value in regard to unstructured data. The importance of understanding, integrating and exploiting that unstructured data is critical to business

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How to use the FILTER() dynamic array function in Excel

Microsoft Excel’s new FILTER() function is a great tool for reporting and dashboards. We’ll show you how to use it to get more done.

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Filtering is a huge part of many Microsoft Excel sheets, and fortunately, there are many ways to do it. Microsoft 365’s new FILTER() function is a powerful upgrade. You won’t necessarily get different results using this new dynamic array function, but you’ll get those results using a single function! In this article, we’ll review the built-in Filter feature, then we’ll learn how to use the new FILTER() function.

I’m using Microsoft 365 (desktop) on a Windows 10 64-bit system. The built-in Filter feature is available in ribbon versions only. FILTER() is available to Microsoft 365, Excel 2021, Excel for the web, Excel for iPad and iPhone, Excel for Android tablets and phones. For your convenience, you can download the demonstration .xlsx file. This

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Apple iOS 15 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know

Get details about the new features of iOS 15, find out if it will work with your devices, and learn how to install Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

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The latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices, iOS 15, was announced on June 7, 2021 at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The beta version of iOS 15 was released on June 7, 2021 to developers, and the public beta was released on June 30, 2021. Apple released iOS 15 to the public on Sept. 20, 2021.

This new version of iOS includes many new features relevant to consumers and developers alike, including: an emphasis on communication changes, the ability to focus on specific aspects of your life, on-device intelligence and exploring the world.

SEE: Hiring kit: iOS developer (TechRepublic Premium)

What is iOS 15?

iOS 15 is Apple’s latest mobile operating system that supports iPhones

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Want to boost the ROI of data? Invest in DevOps and use innovation metrics that don’t focus on money

Splunk’s State of Data Innovation report identifies 9 strategies data leaders use to turn information into action and ideas into reality.

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Everyone is talking about how data is driving business strategy but only a few business leaders have figured out how to turn analysis into action. Splunk’s State of Data Innovation 2021 report found that only about 9% of companies are using data to drive innovation. 

Only 9% of the 1,200 business and IT leaders surveyed were data leaders. Those companies have these markers of success:

  • Developed eight products or services in the past year attributed to data innovation
  • Are almost twice as likely to say these products have opened up new markets
  • Have increased employee productivity in the last year
  • Are nearly twice as likely to be directly monetizing data

More than half of the survey respondents (56%) landed in the beginner phase of data

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