November, 2018

Fix your data before you move it to the cloud

David Linthicum

Data seems to be a forgotten component of a good system architecture. In cloud migrations, I’m often taken back how the data that was bad on-premises is worse in the cloud. What does bad data look like? Poor data structures, redundant data, no single source of truth, and security and compliance issues all top the list. Indeed, too many enterprises have just kicked the data can down the road using cloud computing camouflage. InfoWorld explains: What is cloud-native?

Predictions 2019: Transformation Goes Pragmatic

Forrester IT

Our Predictions 2019 guide, “Transformation Goes Pragmatic,” is live. What do we mean by pragmatism? A sense of realism, practical steps, a desire for tangible outcomes.

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Want to speed up your digital transformation initiatives? Take a look at your data

Eric D. Brown

Digital transformation has taken center stage in many organizations. Need convincing? IDC predicts that two-thirds of the CEOs of Global 2000 companies will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategies by the end of 2017.

Spatial: This could very well be the future of collaboration

CTOvision

CTOvision analysts have seen 100’s of collaboration tools and 100’s of solutions that build collaboration into workflow, and have seen so many claim to be the future of human brain to brain connectivity that it pays to be skeptical here.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

First 100 Days of a Chief Data Officer

CEB IT

Chief data officers (CDOs) are responsible for a broad agenda that spans data management, analytics, data science, ethics and digital transformation. T hey are impactful change agents leading the data-driven transformation of their organizations.

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SCCM 1810 Upgrade Step by Step Walkthrough Guide

Anoop

This post is the SCCM 1810 upgrade step by step guide. Recently, Microsoft released SCCM 1810. In this post, you will get the details about how to upgrade SCCM 1810. What are the prerequisites which you suppose to look at before upgrading? How to get ready for SCCM 1810 upgrade?

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‘Tis The Season – Your Customers Might Need A Little Nudge

Forrester IT

On November 5, in line with tradition, a huge array of sparkling displays took place across the UK to celebrate Guy Fawkes night (“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. ”).

You Need a Chief Data Officer. Here’s Why.

Eric D. Brown

Big data has moved from buzzword to being a part of everyday life within enterprise organizations. An IDG survey reports that 75% of enterprise organizations have deployed or plan to deploy big data projects.

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From Machine Learning to Machine Reasoning

CTOvision

The conversation around Artificial Intelligence usually revolves around technology-focused topics: machine learning, conversational interfaces, autonomous agents, and other aspects of data science, math, and implementation. However, the history and evolution of AI is also inextricably linked with waves of innovation and research breakthroughs that run headfirst into economic and technology roadblocks. There seems to be […].

5 Priorities When Buying and Deploying Cloud Offerings

CEB IT

Selecting a suitable cloud provider to trust with your infrastructure, applications and data can be a complicated process. No two cloud providers are the same, and the lack of a framework for assessment makes selecting the right cloud provider a real challenge for any infrastructure and operations (I&O) leader. You don’t want to look back with regret, as the choices you make can have a lasting impact.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

6 Tech Trends for the Enterprise in 2019

Information Week

Look for new technologies to emerge - and for emerging technologies to become the norm - in the new year

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Don’t make your cloud migration a house of cards

David Linthicum

I’m often taken aback by the number of mistakes IT made with on-premises traditional systems that it’s now replicating in the cloud. If you have a cruddy applications design or overall architecture and relocate it the cloud, you end up with cruddy IT assets that are now in the cloud. Fact: The cloud is not an automated change agent for bad IT decisions.

Partner Relationship Management (PRM) Comes Of Age

Forrester IT

Maturing Into A Horizontal Channel Management Platform Aligned With CRM and Marketing Automation. Channel and alliance leaders are known to be good jugglers.

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Opportunity Lost: Data Silos Continue to inhibit your Business

Eric D. Brown

According to some estimates, data scientists spend as much as 80% of their time getting data in a format that can be used. As a practicing data scientist, I’d say that is a fairly accurate estimate in many organizations.

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The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

5 ways cloud computing will change in the next year

CTOvision

No longer a brand new technology, cloud computing is entering its “young adult years,” according to a Forrester report. The cloud does not function simply as a temporary server anymore, with innovative analytics, machine learning, messaging, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and database services all integrated today, said the report. As the cloud comes of age, […]. Cloud Computing CTO News

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Become a Strategic Partner to Your CEO

CEB IT

Picture the scene: The company’s strategic planning session for 2019 starts in 15 minutes, but Jay, the CIO, still hasn’t received a meeting invitation. Instead, 15 minutes later, he sees the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief security officer, chief marketing officer and chief human resources officer enter the meeting room and shut the door behind them. Does this situation feel familiar? If it does, you may think that your role has been sidelined.

Using Blockchain to Support Trustworthy Transactions on the IoT

Information Week

Recent computer industry developments set the stage for demonstrations of how blockchain can help to turn Internet of Things networks into trusted environments

Don’t let AWS Re:Invent blind you to your real cloud needs

David Linthicum

I went to Amazon’s AWS Re:Invent trade show this week for the first time ever. It’s more of a place to meet people than to learn about what’s latest with Amazon Web Services these days, but AWS does a great job in updating the faithful on what’s new, what’s relevant, and what tech IT will be using in the next year. But you need to be careful about what you take back from these trade shows. They’re full of information and advice in service of the vendor’s agenda. Not yours.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Predictions 2019: Customer Experience Comes Under Fire

Forrester IT

Let’s face it: 2018 was not a fabulous year for customer experience. On average, CX quality was flat, with Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) scores showing little movement for the third year in a row.

Is your data ready to help you make game-changing decisions?

Eric D. Brown

Organizations today are facing disruption on all fronts, which should viewed as a good thing as it allows organizations to redefine their strategies, their markets and re-create their organization to be better prepared for the future.

Please Spread The Word: Cybersecurity Scholarships From (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education

CTOvision

The following info comes via friends at isc2.org, please share this with any you believe eligible: Each year, (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education partner together to offer scholarships to students around the world. There are three categories of scholarships in this program: Graduate, Undergraduate and Women’s. All are open to students […]. CTO Cyber Security News Training and Education

How to Build a Business Case for Application Modernization

CEB IT

The act of “modernizing” is everywhere — in cities people may not have lived in a decade ago, in major markets like medicine, transportation and journalism, and of course, most notably in IT. With change comes hesitation and discomfort in moving to the next phase, particularly with application modernization. As a result, an extra layer of convincing management to buy into the proposed change comes into play.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

Consider Our Vets and One Younger Source as Tech Pros

Information Week

Veterans Day is an appropriate time to remember that the millions of US vets represent a talented tech workforce. At the same time, maybe there's a second way to help close the tech talent gap

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3 tips for negotiating with your public cloud providers

David Linthicum

The last time you renewed or got a new contract in place with a big pubic cloud provider, how did your negotiations go? For most enterprises this past year, such negotiations did not go very far. These days, the amount of money on the table is much larger, and the public cloud providers are starting to negotiate more like enterprise software providers—like IBM, Oracle, Adobe, and SAP—than like public cloud utilities. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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Predictions 2019: Employee Experience Moves To Center Stage

Forrester IT

Companies and executives are paying attention to employee experience as never before. There are good reasons for this attention. Chief among them is the historically low unemployment rate, which gives employees options that they are taking advantage of.

Turn your data geeks into customer geeks

Eric D. Brown

What would you do if you had so much data about your customers that you know could know (almost) everything about your customer when they contacted you?

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Picking The Best Password Managers: Advice meant to share with friends and family

CTOvision

This post provides information on password managers for personal and small business use. Please share with any business associates, friends or family you think can benefit from these tips. Password managers automatically remember and fill in passwords for you. And they do that with an architecture designed to deliver this convenience with more security. You […]. Cloud Computing CTO Cyber Security News

How to Prepare for a CIO Exit

CEB IT

With 30% to 50% of executives, including CIOs, leaving the role within the first 18 months, an exit plan is critical for both the executive and the organization. While some of these transitions might be planned, such as retirement or a new job, others might be unexpected, such as a forced resignation or demotion. Perhaps the only constant when it comes to transitions is that they are inevitable, and that it takes time and effort to craft an exit plan that is favorable to all stakeholders.

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Analytics and Privacy: Yes, the Two Can Co-Exist

Information Week

For all the talk about the burden that privacy regulations might place on businesses, it turns out that those regulations actually can help companies leverage their data

How to avoid the coming cloud integration panic

David Linthicum

You are trying to get an end-of-quarter report out and you’re having some trouble. It seems that while sales are recorded on a public cloud system, inventory is recorded on an on-premises system. You need to combine both data stores for the report, and you have no way of doing so. How was this allowed to happen?

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How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.