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

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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.

Drupal and the secret of my success

SPF13

As my tenure on the Drupal Association was concluding, I was asked to give the Keynote for DrupalCon. It was my privilage to talk about my 20 year history with open source and how much I learned from and valued the Drupal community.

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

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.

SCCM CB 1802 Enable Third Party Software Update Support

Anoop

Third party patching is one of the top voted SCCM/ConfigMgr User voice item here. This proves that the 3rd party application patching is the most tedious activity for SCCM admins. SCCM CB 1802 production release has an option to create group policies on the client machine to enable the 3rd party software update/patching. This first steps to […].

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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. ].

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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How GDPR Will Affect Data Science

Datacponomy

By now, any data professional worth his or her salt should know about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This EU law, set to be enforced in May 2018, has sent shockwaves (and a fair bit of fear) across many industries and professions. But, perhaps the one area set to.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

5 key enterprise IoT security recommendations

Network World

Not so long ago, the phrase “ consumerization of IT ” was on everyone’s lips. Whole publications and conferences (remember CITE , for Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise?) were created to chronicle the trend of corporations relying on products and services originally created for consumers — which was often easier to use and of higher quality than its business-oriented competitors.

Amazon Flirts With Banks And Their Customers: Here’s What You Should Do

Forrester IT

Like a football team captain at a junior high dance, Amazon just sauntered up to a big group of people and started dropping hints about its sweet moves on the dance floor. Okay, that’s not exactly what’s happening here, but it sure felt like that to many bank executives who heard the […].

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. [

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

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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Blockchain is the Great Equalizer for Predictive Analytics

Datacponomy

Data science has taken an enormous stride forward in a relatively brief period of time. The field of data analytics, specifically, has widened with the integration of computer technology, and more recently with the use of machine learning and AI algorithms.

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Malicious IoT hackers have a new enemy

Network World

IoT security is about the farthest thing from a laughing matter in the world of technology today, threatening global trade, privacy and the basic infrastructure of modern society.

A Social Take On Social Selling

Forrester IT

Social selling is one of my B2B Marketing and Sales team’s top inquiry topics. We’ve also helped numerous clients plan and execute effective social selling programs.

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Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

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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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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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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Do You Have the Expertise to be a Big Data Project Manager?

Datacponomy

Are you one of those project management professionals inclined to handle big data proposals? Having a strong project management background would add excellent support to your aspirations. However, for setting up a big data project team, you don’t just need good project management skills.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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.

My Sort-Of-Fictional-But-Really-Based-On-Reality Conversations With B2B Marketers About Insights

Forrester IT

Despite acknowledging that insights-driven firms pack competitive advantage into every decision, marketers give me good reasons every single day that they can’t quite rise to the level of insights they want to. But, as in all things, progress can be as powerful as perfection.

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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

Beware these 2 barriers to successful cloud migration

David Linthicum

Cloud migration is hard. Can it be easy? Yes, when all the applications are well-designed, the databases have consistent and nonredundant structures, and security requirements are straightforward and well understood. But that’s never the case. [ 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. ].

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Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

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.

Can Data Analytics Elevate Soccer’s Profile in the U.S.?

Datacponomy

In the world of IT, data’s role as MVP is rapidly becoming an industry standard. But when it comes to athletics, there’s still some room to grow — at least in the case of American soccer. Where some sports have adopted the use of data analytics to shape predictions and.

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IBM tweaks its z14 mainframe to make it a better physical fit for the data center

Network World

IBM is widening its mainframe range with some narrower models – ZR1 and Rockhopper II – that are skinny enough to fit in a standard 19-inch rack, which will answer criticisms of potential customers that the hulking z14 introduced in July 2017 too big to fit in their data centers (see photo above). In addition to new, smaller, packaging for its z14 hardware, IBM is also introducing Secure Service Container technology.

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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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Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.