September, 2017

Smartphones are dead. Long live smartphones!

Forrester IT

This week, Google announced the acquisition of key HTC assets. This will give them some of the hardware technology expertise, the design skills and the experience in smartphone retail distribution they badly need.

Driving Digital by Isaac Sacolick – a book review

Eric D. Brown

I just finished Driving Digital: The Leader’s Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology by Isaac Sacolick. Note: I received a free copy of this book for review. The short review: Excellent…the best book I’ve read on the subject.

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Operational Intelligence: The Next Generation of Business Intelligence


Today, enterprise software is more than a transactional system - it is a decision support tool that enables senior management to effectively run the business. But, given the various technologies available on the market now, it can be difficult for managers to figure out which data analytics tools are needed to optimize their business operations. […]. Big Data CTO Cyber Security

It’s hangover time for enterprise cloud computing

David Linthicum

Now that enterprises have done serious work in the cloud, they’re a bit unhappy with their cloud technology providers. It turns out that migrations are not so easy, and service levels aren’t what they expect. According to a recent report by 451 Research, three quarters of organizations are willing to pay a premium for enhanced services from their cloud technology providers. Just under half (48.7 percent) of the 600 IT pros polled said they would pay to enhance their security, 43.3

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Be pragmatic, not dogmatic

Eric D. Brown

I’m currently reading Scott Brinker’s book Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative (awesome book – look for a much more complete review here soon) and came across a line in Chapter 7 that says “Be pragmatic, not dogmatic.”


FBI vs Apple: Lessons From History and The Law on Protecting Privacy Rights


Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series on this topic. This examination by Arnold Abraham provides insights and nuanced lessons from history, the law and the tech world that can inform all of us interested in both privacy and security. For a detailed legal analysis accompanying the article, please visit […]. CTO Cyber Security News

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Secrets to a Successful Corporate-Startup Relationship

The Investing Edge

Relationships between big corporate giants and startup companies are not new; young nimble companies bring innovation and new ideas, while larger established players have strong customer relationships and know how to properly support them.

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Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose

David Linthicum

My article “ Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud ” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model. The intellectual dishonesty of cloud-architecture purists.

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How to Implement Agile on Lowcode and aPaaS Development Platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

A colleague and friend recently asked me whether agile practices were appropriate when managing development on lowcode or aPaaS (application Platform as a Service) technologies. These higher level languages enable developers to write a class of applications faster and maintain them easier by providing development environments, programming constructs, and other tools. Many of these platforms.

Why The Convergence Of Adtech And Martech Matters

Forrester IT

As we covered in our recent webinar, the convergence of advertising technology and marketing technology is inevitable — and that’s a good thing for marketers. The union of these two tech worlds is part of an emerging broader marketing mindset shift that focuses on quality rather than scale.

Data Quality – The most important data dimension?

Eric D. Brown

In a recent article I wrote over on titled Want to Speed Up Your Digital Transformation Initiatives? Take a Look at Your Data , I discuss the importance of data quality and data management in an organization’s digital transformation efforts.

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6 Places Poised to be the New Silicon Valley Tech Hubs


The image of a group of computer programmers working in their garage somewhere in Silicon Valley is well known. Start-ups have taken over America’s economy and Silicon Valley has never been stronger. This is changing as more and more people flood the computer science industry. All across America, cities are enticing young entrepreneurs and programmers. […]. CTO Cyber Security News The Future Trends Entrepreneur Redbox Tech Hubs

3 Tactics to Increase Women in IT


While women make up nearly half of the global workforce, they represent only 31% of IT employees and, at the leadership level, that number drops even lower to 22%, according to CEB data.

Are you cloud-savvy? Take this test to find out

David Linthicum

There are a few people who are truly savvy about cloud computing, but most are just posers. Here is a quick test to see if you’ve got the right stuff. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ]. Do you understand that serverless does not actually mean it is serverless? If yes, give yourself 10 points. Do you believe “cloud formation” is actually a formation of rain clouds?

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GDPR for the CIO: Data protection is about more than GDPR compliance

Computer Weekly

If you approach GDPR as if compliance is all that matters, then you're bound to fail – data protection should be at the heart of business strategy

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Drive Creativity And CX Innovation With Employee Empathy

Forrester IT

Hubspot’s INBOUND 2017 slogan emphasized “Empathy.” My expectation: it would make the case to the 21,000 people in attendance that customer empathy is critical to their engagement efforts. I was for it — it’s something my research focuses on, and is something we in the CX and UX field try to evangelize every single day. […].

5 cities that are ranking as the newest IT hubs

IT Toolbox

When Steve Jobs said, "It's not faith in technology. It's faith in people," he could have been referring to the latest IT trends. Thanks to a healthy economy, affordable residential and commercial rental rates, the technological influence of freelancers and a Gig Economy, 2017 promises to be a great year in tech. But where are the places that IT workers will converge? Here is a surprising list of five

Big Data Changes Coming in 2018


Data is an overall commodity that a lot of individuals make use these days. It's not surprising to find students trying to accomplish their work through the aid of the internet or research material being readily available online. Technology has created huge leaps for information be readily available to the masses; sifted easily with the […]. Big Data Business Intelligence Companies CTO News

Stuff Worth Reading – September 2017

The Investing Edge

Welcome to our second post highlighting articles relevant to entrepreneurs in New England and beyond. As you drink your pumpkin spice coffee, please let us know if you find an article you would like to have us feature by sending it along to Baiyin at Ascent. And join us on Twitter at Baiyin Zhou ( @ BaiyinVC ) and Eric Schultz ( @ ericebs ). Industry Themes.

Doing cloud computing? You need devops, too

David Linthicum

I’ve gone from recommending that you should have devops to you must have devops. At least, if a public cloud is in your future. There are two fundamental reasons why cloud computing and devops are necessary complements. What is devops? Discover how to transform software development. Also: InfoWorld explains monitoring in the age of devops. ]. First, the public clouds are all about automation, and so is devops.

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Equifax confirms massive data breach was result of missed patch

Computer Weekly

Equifax appears to have failed to roll out a patch that might have stopped the massive breach of its systems

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The US Customer Experience Index For 2017: CX Quality Worsened

Forrester IT

This year’s Customer Experience Index report for US brands revealed a CX leadership gap — not a single brand has risen to the top of our rankings and continue to move upward. The report is based on Forrester’s CX Index™ methodology, which measures how well a brand’s CX strengthens the loyalty of its customers. We revealed the […]. customer experience customer experience index (CX Index

Seven Ways ERP Can Improve Risk Mitigation

IT Toolbox

Business is no friend of risk. While fortunes are won and new markets are conquered through calculated risk, firms nonetheless try to avoid it whenever possible. Risk represents lost revenue, disrupted partnerships, idle equipment, brand damage and a host of other effects that aren’t typically advantageous to corporations. So risk mitigation is


Cybersecurity Isn’t Just An Issue For Tech Companies: 4 Things All Businesses Should Know


News of data breaches typically involve big-name companies, like Home Depot and Target, leading to the assumption that cybersecurity issues are only a concern for larger businesses. In reality, data breaches and cybersecurity should be a concern for all business owners, not just people who work for large companies or in the tech industry. The […]. Artificial Intelligence Big Data CTO Cyber Security Internet of Things News

More SMB Love Needed

Cloud Musings

In a recent post, titled “ 10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is ”, Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system.

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Cloud lockin: It’s not as bad you might think

David Linthicum

“I don’t want to get locked in to any specific cloud” is what I hear from clients on a daily basis. Of course you don’t. Who does? However, these are the realities of cloud services: If you move your applications to a cloud and you use native services on that cloud, you’re now coupled to that cloud. This does not mean you can’t move the application again, but it will cost you time, money, and of course risk. You’re not technically locked in, but it won’t be cheap to move to a different provider.

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HMRC confirms Microsoft corporate vice-president Jacky Wright as new CDIO

Computer Weekly

HMRC has tasked Microsoft corporate vice-president Jacky Wright with helping the department achieve its goal of becoming one of the world's most digitally advanced tax authorities

Leading Brands Tap New Enablement Tools

Forrester IT

It’s no secret that digitally savvy buyers are having a profound effect on selling organizations of all kinds. In the past two years, the percentage of B2B buyers who reported that they found going online superior to interacting with a salesperson increased from 53% to 68%.

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