The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat® blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.


RECOMMENDED READING:

Forbes - How Unicef Is Using Big Data To Close The Education Divide

Looking to tackle the issue of the lack of access to education for many children across the globe, Unicef Innovation has teamed up with software giant Red Hat. They've developed a reusable open source platform that applies software and big data for social good, which has resulted in the co-creation of the School Mapping project.


IN THE NEWS:

What you need to know about the MDS vulnerability and Red Hat Virtualization

A new series of vulnerabilities in Intel processors, known as Microarchitectural Data Sampling, or more simply MDS, was recently made public. To mitigate the risks exposed by MDS, a combination of updated microcode, updated kernel(s), patches, and administrator action will need to be taken for both the hypervisors and virtual machines in your Red Hat Virtualization deployment.


CHECK IT OUT:

IDC study: Red Hat Ansible Automation Improves IT Agility and Time to Market

IDC interviewed 9 organizations to determine the value of using Red Hat Ansible Automation to standardize and automate IT operations and configuration activities across environments. The results: 498% 5-year ROI, 135% more apps developed per year, 53% reduction in unplanned downtime, and more.


GOOD READ:

Fast Company - 3 reasons you should stop hiring for "culture fit"

"Hiring for culture fit alone is problematic, because doing so won't ensure a dynamic, innovative, and future-focused organization. As a chief people officer, I prefer to look for 'culture add.' This concept lets me assess a candidate's ability to thrive in the organization as it is today, and to help the organization grow into what it wants to be." –DeLisa Alexander, EVP and chief people officer, Red Hat


CUSTOMER SUCCESS:

TechTarget - UPS delivers Agile plan for legacy application modernization

Typically, a company embraces Agile and DevOps concepts for applications that already run on modern platforms, and not to apply those principles to modernize legacy apps. But that's exactly what UPS did with its package-tracking system.