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Digital transformation and sustainability, how to balance both

digital transformation and sustainability, how to balance both

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We are living in a digital age. However, the planet on which we are living is not digital; it is physical and its resources are finite. As a result, any trade-off between digital transformation and sustainability must be counted with care, not just in terms of the value to business and society, but also the cost to the Earth.

In pre-pandemic times, digital transformation and sustainability often appeared together towards the top of the business agenda. However, recent research from Dassault Systèmes, conducted with analyst firm Tech-Clarity, found coronavirus caused 38 per cent of organisations globally to decrease attention on environmental sustainability, while 18 per cent put it on hold completely. The same survey found 46 per cent of organisations have increased their focus on digitalisation.

The trend is understandable, even beneficial, says Séverine Trouillet, global affairs director, EuroNorth, at Dassault Systèmes. “While this may look like businesses are neglecting the planet to focus on immediate priorities, going digital is a leap in the right direction,” she says. “By reducing reliance on travel and paper-based evidence, and increasing their ability to collaborate virtually, companies are effectively reducing their carbon footprint.”

Green data and a cleaner cloud

Any COVID-induced conflict of interest …

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Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say

administration officials alarmed by white house push to fast track lucrative 5g spectrum contract, sources say

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The pressure campaign to fast track Rivada’s “Request for Proposal” (RFP) by using authorities that would preclude a competitive bidding process intensified in September, and has been led by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who was acting at Trump’s behest, sources with knowledge tell CNN. To push his case, Meadows has sometimes used as his proxy an individual identified by sources in the telecommunications industry as a top financial management official in the US Army.Sources tell CNN that Trump was encouraged to help Rivada by Fox News commentator and veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove, a lobbyist for, and investor in, Rivada. Untold billions are at stake. A government auction of 70 megahertz of spectrum in August went for more than $4.5 billion. The Rivada bid would be for 350 megahertz of spectrum — five times that amount.Rove denied to CNN that Rivada is seeking an RFP or any non-competitive process. “If we were offered a no-bid contract we would turn it down,” he told CNN. “The technology should stand on its own.” Denials notwithstanding, informed sources tell CNN that the White House is unquestionably pressuring the Pentagon to approve what would likely be, in the words of one senior …

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Docomo struggles to turn patents into profits in 5G race

docomo struggles to turn patents into profits in 5g race

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TOKYO — Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo on Tuesday stressed it remains a global leader on 5G technology, though the company has faced difficulty monetizing its patents related to next-generation wireless networks.”The top six players, including Docomo, all have similar shares of around 10%,” Shinsuke Ogawa, head of Docomo’s intellectual property department, said at a briefing on Tuesday, citing recent findings by a Tokyo research firm.The news conference was meant as rebuttal to an earlier study on fifth-generation wireless patents, which suggested that the company had fallen far behind global rivals. Docomo, Japan’s largest wireless carrier by market share, is set to become wholly owned by parent Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in a move aimed at transforming into a 5G powerhouse.”Docomo has the largest share [of 5G patents] among mobile service operators,” Ogawa said.Standard-essential patents refer to patents that make up part of an industry standard, which can generate large amounts of income for their owners. Tokyo’s Cyber Creative Institute compared industry standards on 5G with the patents held by different telecommunications companies and equipment makers to calculate their market shares.Samsung Electronics topped the list at 11.9%, followed by Qualcomm at 11.6% and Huawei Technologies at 11.3%. Docomo came …

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Cybersecurity for the Next Stage of Digital Transformation

cybersecurity for the next stage of digital transformation

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The next phase of digital transformation is already upon us, sooner than many expected. This year prompted everyone to rethink their relationship with technology, forcing businesses to set up work-from-home (WFH) models overnight — a move many organizations weren’t quite ready to make.In the rush to give remote workers the tools and connections they needed, some of the accepted practices of setting up and maintaining security controls may have fallen by the wayside. This can be risky, especially at a time when cyberthreat actors are stepping up their efforts, recognizing how the sudden increase in remote workers gives them more targets.As the world settles into a new “normal” in its attempts to contain the spread of COVID-19, MSPs should discuss with clients how to help their businesses ride out the next phases of the pandemic — and prepare for a post-pandemic future. Some of the changes spurred by the pandemic will become permanent — for instance, many remote workers won’t return to office environments.With that in mind, MSPs must work to help ensure security in distributed environments. For starters, any security shortcuts taken during the pandemic should be corrected. Beyond that, MSPs need strategies for securing remote environments, …

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Council approves cloud back-up for city software infrastructure

council approves cloud back-up for city software infrastructure

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NEW PLYMOUTH — At the regular meeting of the New Plymouth City Council on Monday night, the council took up a tabled discussion item from its meeting Oct. 5 regarding upgrading the city’s software infrastructure. This was the first action item on the new agenda.City Clerk and Treasurer Danielle Painter had presented the council with the idea of upgrading some of the city’s software infrastructure with a cloud-based system. Painter said that with a cloud-based system retrieval of previously archived information would be more efficient for city employees who need it.Following discussion about cloud-based computing and wanting more information and Painter encouraging the council to give her any questions or concerns about the system upgrade and she would get the answers from the company that would be providing the service – Black Mountain Software.At Monday night’s meeting, Councilor Eileen Balcer, who had raised concern over the possible dangers of cloud-based computing at the previous meeting, was the first the give her approval after review of the information from the company.“They’re using Amazon Web Services, I’m good with it,” she said.Mayor Rick York informed Painter as far as the upgrade goes, “We’re good …

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Sage Equips Customers to Create Intelligent Organizations by Embracing Digital Transformation at Sage Intacct Advantage 2020

sage equips customers to create intelligent organizations by embracing digital transformation at sage intacct advantage 2020

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Sage Equips Customers to Create Intelligent Organizations by Embracing Digital Transformation at Sage Intacct Advantage 2020




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iPhone 12 and 5G: All the answers to your questions about the super-fast connectivity

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5G, touted Tuesday on the screen of Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater, is the biggest new feature in the iPhone 12 lineup.
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Apple’s latest tease: “Hi, Speed.” 5G speed, that is. On Oct. 13, Apple made it official — all four of its new iPhone 12 models come with next-generation 5G cellular connectivity.The new version of wireless networks started rolling out across the globe last year and picked up speed in 2020. Virtually all new Android phones arriving in the US today offer 5G, and the country’s biggest carriers have been talking nonstop about the connectivity. Now that Apple is jumping into the fray with its 5G-enabled iPhone 12 models, the buzz about 5G is only going to get louder — even if consumers in places like the US aren’t exactly clamoring for 5G devices. 

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Apple hosted a virtual event last week, where it showed off its new, expanded iPhone lineup — the 5.4-inch, $699 iPhone 12 Mini; 6.1-inch, $799 iPhone 12; 6.1-inch, $999 iPhone 12 Pro; and 6.7-inch, $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max. All of the phones …

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NetApp Updates Storage Software, Services, Hardware With Eye On Cloud

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NetApp on Tuesday unveiled several big changes to its storage software aimed at helping businesses continue their digital transformation and more easily manage their data regardless of where it lives.
The changes include an updated version of its flagship NetApp Ontap data management software with deeper cloud integrations, new ways to purchase cloud storage services via its NetApp Keystone subscription service, and new software-defined storage that can be deployed on non-NetApp hardware.
NetApp also updated its hardware portfolio with an entry-level NVMe-based array and its first array featuring low-cost QLC NAND flash technology.

[Related: 10 Key Takeaways From NetApp CEO George Kurian: Cloud, Coronavirus And Growth]

While digital transformation has become a major factor for how many businesses look at their cloud infrastructures, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated the move to adopt hybrid cloud models, said Brad Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for NetApp’s cloud infrastructure business unit.
The hybrid cloud, which will figure prominently at next week’s NetApp Insight 2020 virtual conference, is the ideal infrastructure on which to build for the future, Anderson told CRN.
“And that suits NetApp’s capabilities well,” he said. “We’ll be talking a lot about Ontap simplicity, security, …

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Field Squared Selected by TRC to Embolden Digital Transformation of Its Utility Service Operations

field squared selected by trc to embolden digital transformation of its utility service operations

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Co., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Field Squared, Inc.™, the industry’s first Field Service Automation Platform, today announced that TRC Companies (NYSE: TRR), a leading global consulting, engineering and construction management firm, selected Field Squared as the backbone technology across its utility field service operations.
“Since 2016, TRC has expanded our field services offering to the natural gas distribution industry, where we help our customers maintain the safety and integrity of their distribution systems,” stated Nate Spayde, Project Manager at TRC. “As our field-based programs grew, we identified a need to streamline our project management processes with software to efficiently schedule, execute, and report on activities. We chose Field Squared as the best fit solution to help TRC meet these goals.”
With 140 offices around the world, and servicing many notable Fortune 500 utility companies, TRC has provided pioneering solutions to the power, infrastructure, environmental and energy markets for over 50 years.
TRC sought all-in-one software to meet the requirements of a corporate initiative to adopt technology to increase operational efficiency.
Field Squared will support TRC’s major client utility services projects, helping TRC to:

Increase scheduling efficiency via a centralized schedule view
Improve field data collection with Mobile Smart Forms, replacing disjointed tools
Empower …

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Sweden bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

sweden bans china’s huawei and zte from its 5g networks

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Sweden has become the latest country to ban Chinese telecoms groups Huawei and ZTE from its 5G mobile networks as the Scandinavian nation takes aim at what it calls Beijing’s spying and “theft of technology.”The Swedish telecoms regulator said Tuesday that, following advice from the country’s armed forces and security services, it had decided to ban Huawei and ZTE from new installations ahead of next month’s 5G spectrum auctions. It gave telecoms operators until 2025 to remove equipment made by the Chinese companies from their existing infrastructure for core functions.“China is one of the biggest threats to Sweden,” said Klas Friberg, head of Sweden’s security services. He added that China was boosting its economic development and military capabilities by “extensive intelligence-gathering and theft of technology, research and development.”“This is what we must consider,” Friberg added, “when building the 5G network of the future. We cannot compromise with Sweden’s security.”
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The ban in Sweden, which is home to Huawei’s biggest rival, Ericsson, is the latest move in a geopolitical fight over Huawei as the U.S. pushes its allies to exclude Chinese telecoms equipment from planned 5G mobile networks.Anders Ygeman, Sweden’ …

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