April, 2018

Automation, AI, And Robotics Are Critical CIO Targets

Forrester IT

We’ve just released a major new report, The CIO’s Guide To Automation, AI, And Robotics.

All Enterprise Techies Should Watch HBO’s SciFi Epic Westworld: It will help us dialog over shared experiences on what we will not be creating

CTOvision

Westworld season one was a great mix of science fiction and drama and action and it was done in a way that should help people think through many tech ethics questions, like how do we want to treat our robots? Does treating robots with violence change our nature? Can robots become sentient? HBO has a […]. Artificial Intelligence CTO News SciFi

If your cloud apps don’t have APIs, you’re doing it wrong

David Linthicum

If you are building new applications on public cloud platforms, you are faced with a choice: Should you build a set of APIs bound to the new cloud application’s application services? Or should you look for another job? I’m seeing many new cloud applications that are built to fail. Not because they are poorly designed, but because they are leaving out the power of using application services with well-defined and designed APIs that let other applications access those services.

Wasabi Hot Innovations Tour: How "Hot Cloud Storage" Changes Everything!

Cloud Musings

Digital storage requirements are growing exponentially. Budgets simply can’t keep up and existing Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), “Cloud First” Policy, Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act challenges aren’t going away.

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How Can CIOs Remove The Bias From How They Hire?

The Accidental Successful CIO

To increase diversity in IT, CIOs need to take the bias out of the hiring process Image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski.

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empow – Delivering on the Unmet Promises of Cybersecurity

The Investing Edge

I am thrilled to announce Ascent’s investment in our newest portfolio company, empow. While I am excited for all of our investments, this one feels special in that it exhibits several of the core themes of Ascent’s strategy: It’s a thesis driven investment based on months of research and outreach. It’s partnering with an exceptional entrepreneur from across the Atlantic to help build a US presence. It’s revitalizing a relationship with an outstanding CEO of a prior Ascent investment.

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Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus: Helping inform policymakers on impact of AI

CTOvision

The Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus was launched in May 2017 by Congressman John Delaney of Maryland. It is co-chaired by Congressman Pete Olson of Texas.

Smart cities need the cloud—and vice versa

David Linthicum

“Smart city” priorities and use cases are all over the place. Nonethless, IDC expects spending to accelerate over the 2016-2021 forecast period, reaching $45.3 billion in 2021. So, what is a smart city and what does it have to do with cloud computing? Everything. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide • Google Cloud Platform services guide. ].

#DigitalTransformation Means Hybrid IT and Multipath

Cloud Musings

The cloud is ubiquitous in today’s business world. This operational model is changing both data center operations and application development processes across multiple domains.

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What CIOs Need To Do About The Disengaged Worker Problem

The Accidental Successful CIO

Old management techniques don’t work with new employees Image Credit: Kevin O’Mara.

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Reimagining the Future of Work in the Enterprise

The Investing Edge

The world of work as we know it is in a state of flux – automation, robotics and other digital innovations are altering the fundamental nature of work.

Innovation Requires A Culture Of Diversity And Inclusion

Forrester IT

Successful organizations innovate and differentiate by boosting diversity and inclusion. Diversity is too often an overused phrase and covers many facets of diversity. We think that diversity above all should be about the ability and the courage to communicate “contrarian” thoughts.

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Cyber War: The Fastest Way to Improve Cybersecurity?

CTOvision

For all the benefits IT in general and the Internet specifically have given us, it has also introduced significant risks to our well-being and way of life. Yet cybersecurity is still not a priority for a majority of people and organizations. No amount of warnings about the risks associated with poor cybersecurity have helped drive […]. Cyber Security Cyber Threats Cyber War

Moving your data analytics to the cloud isn’t so easy

David Linthicum

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the data warehouses and data marts of the past were of little use. Their data was typically too old, the processing too cumbersome, and the costs too high. Today’s cloud-based data analytics have the ability to do things in real time, databases can operate at the “speed of need,” and even small enterprises can bind data analytics processing with the latest “cool kids” technology such as machine learning and predictive algorithms. [

Practical CIO Advice for Managing Change on CXO Talk [Video]

Social, Agile and Transformation

My second appearance on CXO Talk may be better than my first show! Thanks to Michael Krigsman for having me on again!

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What Can CIOs Learn From The Evolution Of Smartphones?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Smartphones have matured and CIOs can learn from this Image Credit: Nokia Connect. CIOs exist in order to help their companies do more things and do them faster.

Coherence and Decentralized Systems

Phil Windley

Summary: Building decentralized system requires more than defining a few specifications and hoping for the best. In order to thrive, decentralized systems need coherence, the social organization necessary to get otherwise independent actors to cooperate.

A Renewed Vision For WPP

Forrester IT

The news of Martin Sorrell’s resignation signals a crisis for WPP; its stock dropped 7% Monday and further fueled discussion of breaking up the company into smaller pieces. But rather than bend to the pressure of market volatility, WPP should take this rare moment of reflection to reinvent itself.

Energy Pipeline Operations Affected By Cyberattack

CTOvision

All the facts are not in regarding the attack announced by the US natural gas pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners (operator of over 71,000 miles of pipeline). But we do know that operations were affected by the attack and that the attack was against its back office systems in charge of orders, shipping, billing. Operations […]. CTO Cyber War News

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The right way to pick a cloud database

David Linthicum

It’s all the rage these days: moving on-premises data to the cloud. But should you use cloud-native databases or databases that run both in the cloud and on-premises? There are trade-offs between the cloud-native (meaning “cloud-only”) and dual cloud/on-premises options, mostly involving cost and operational efficiency. [ The essentials from InfoWorld: How to choose the right data-integration tools • How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud. |

My Driving Digital Advice for Chief Information Officers on CXO Talk

Social, Agile and Transformation

If you missed my appearance on CXO Talk on Friday, here is your chance to catch up! Thanks to Michael Kringsman for having me on the show!

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What Can CIOs Learn From How Alibaba Handles Their New Hires?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Alibaba is creating a new training program for some of their employees. Image Credit: Andy Mitchell. If there is one task that we have to do a good job at as the person with the CIO job, it’s bringing new people onboard.

The Monthly “Leadership Master” Book Tuning: Innovative Leadership Apr. 2018

Future of CIO

Leadership is complex yet simple: Complex in that there are so many traits and characteristics that are considered when evaluating a leader. Simplicity in that the substance of leadership never changes, it’s all about future and change; direction and dedication; influence and innovation.

AI Helps Marketers Target The Right Customers, Across The Right Channels And Content At Scale

Forrester IT

There’s a sense of urgency in Asia to capitalize on AI, not only to compete but to lead globally. Appier, established six years ago in Taiwan, is one of these firms.

Assessments on AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge Post Confirmed By User Feedback

CTOvision

In March I opined on the remarkable engineering in AWS Snowball and AWS Smowball Edge. There are many trends in tech now and some of them, like the specific capabilities in this cloud computing domain, can seem like they are slow to develop till they are right on you. This is one of those times […]. Big Data and Analytics Cloud Computing CTO News

Cloud migrations: Don’t settle for just some operational savings

David Linthicum

I’ve stopped thinking of simple migration to the public clouds as “success.” Yes, businesses do benefit. You decrease operational costs by a certain amount, if you plan correctly, and you certainly increase the convenience of not having to deal with hardware and software. But all that gets you to just 10 to 20 percent in savings. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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Are you developing too much code? The rationale for low code alternatives in digital transformation programs

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am concerned that some organizations are developing too much custom code as part of their digital transformation programs. The code may be tied to delivering new mobile experiences to customers, integrating new data sources into a data lake, generating dashboards, or providing collaborative tools for a departmental workflow. Writing too much code can be a mistake for organizations when.

The Role of Big Data and Mobile Apps in Healthcare

Datacponomy

For those with chronic health issues or life-threatening illnesses, the line of specialists and procedures can seem endless. Moreover, each time a new practitioner or clinic is visited, the patient is required to fill in long and complicated forms – especially if a medical insurance is involved.

Changing the calculus of containers in the cloud

All Things Distributed

I wrote to you over two years ago about what happens under the hood of Amazon ECS. Last year at re:Invent, we launched AWS Fargate , and today, I want to explore how Fargate fundamentally changes the landscape of container technology.

Your Data Is Worth Nothing, Unless You Use It

Forrester IT

I’m often asked the question, “What’s my data worth?” And, my immediate (and somewhat provocative) response is, “Nothing!” As the data economy heats up, the fear of being left behind leaves some company execs in a cold sweat.