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Monitoring Mondays: What Cisco's Layoffs Mean For Tech

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This weekly series will provide a recap of the most relevant news to come out of the tech world over the past week, with a specific focus on IT monitoring. It is easy to become immersed in your daily requirements as a sysadmin, but you don’t want to be that guy who is unaware of an important product release or company announcement that may change the way you do your job. With this in mind, it will be the goal of this series to arm you with ‘must know’ information so you can start your week off on the right foot knowing you are properly prepared. 

What Cisco’s layoffs mean for tech 

Cisco made big headlines last week when the networking giant announced that it would be laying off 5,500 employees, equaling to 7% of its workforce. Acting in response to diminishing market opportunity thanks to the enormous cloud-computing efforts of Amazon and Microsoft, Cisco’s restructuring has tech leaders wondering what ramifications this move will have and if major layoffs will be a continuing trend within the industry. This Barron's article does a nice job at summarizing the reasoning behind Cisco’s layoffs and if the worst is truly yet to come for tech giants. 

How to get your network and security teams working together

It's not surprising that network and security teams aren't always aligned. Networks need to be fast and efficient, while security is about being cautious and implementing extra steps to help meet security measures. Both teams are crucial to IT and need to work together in the event of a breach, but each group has its own objectives/expectations. But when a data breach or security threat occurs, it is vital for both teams to work together to fix the issue as soon as possible. Be sure to read this article from CIO that offers strategies on how network and security teams can effectively collaborate in order to solve problems efficiently.

Why IT leaders love the public cloud

While organizations once feared the public cloud, a recent survey from SADA Systems shows that a vast majority of companies have migrated to the public cloud and expect to boost their presence there in the immediate future. Most IT decision-makers now feel that data security residing in the public cloud is the best way of keeping their information safe and as a result, they're increasing their flexibility in regards to infrastructure needs, while saving considerably on equipment, facilities and staffing costs. Head over to CIO Insight to read the data points behind the survey and learn why public cloud adoption continues to grow

Should your company hold a hackathon? 

Companies of all sizes have embraced the hackathon as a way to promote collaboration and innovation, and now the NBA has announced that it's jumping on board. The NBA's first-ever hackathon event is open to undergraduate and graduate student statisticians, developers and engineers in the U.S. who are interested in building basketball analytics tools. Once considered a rather alternative approach, the NBA embracing the concept is further proof that hackathons are becoming a mainstream corporate tool. With this in mind, it is worth asking yourself if your company should participate in a hackathon. In response to the NBA’s decision, IT World has provided valuable insights on hackathons and what kind of companies are in the best position to benefit from them