March, 2017

The Top Emerging Technologies For Digital Predators

Forrester IT

If you've been following my research, you know I like to divide the business world into three categories of company: Digital Predators successfully use emerging digital technologies to gain market share and/or displace traditional incumbent companies (e.g. Amazon, Lyft, Priceline, AirBnB, Netflix). Digital Transformers evolve a traditional business to take advantage of emerging technologies, creating new sources of value for customers and opening up new competitive strategies (e.g.

What Big Data and Public Speaking Have in Common

CTOvision

Brigg Patten. Public speaking is about turning even boring subjects into an inspiring experience. However, some speakers can make audiences cheer, while others put them to sleep. Genuine passion for the subject and good articulation can help, but successful public speaking engagements take something more. Analytics can actually tell us which elements can transform mere words into a unique experience.

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IT pros agree: Security is better in the cloud

David Linthicum

About 42 percent of IT decision-makers and security managers say they are running security applications in the cloud, according to a survey of about 300 IT security pros from Schneider Electric. Almost half of those surveyed said they are likely or extremely likely to move their security operations to the cloud in a few years. In the survey, 57 percent of respondents believe the cloud is secure.

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How CIOs Can Help their Firm Digitize

CEB IT

While nearly every senior management team now accepts and understands the benefits of digitizing their products, channels, and operations, there is scant agreement on how to do so – within industries or even individual firms. In many companies, CIOs have been the most natural senior exec to take this on, and have enjoyed significant support from the CFO and the CEO, but this certainly hasn’t been the case across the board.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

More than a million Gmail and Yahoo account credentials on sale

Computer Weekly

Usernames, email addresses and plaintext passwords of more than a million Yahoo and Gmail accounts are reportedly on sale on the dark web, posing a threat to corporate security

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6 Ways to Improve Security on Your Android Device

IT Toolbox

Since there are many android smartphone users surfing the internet on a daily basis, we have decided to give you six simple ways to improve the security on your android device

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Understanding Cloud Computing for Your Business

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Carol M. Evenson. Over the last decade, cloud computing has gone from being a buzzword to an essential component of web technology. Businesses, enticed away from traditional data center models by lower upfront capital costs and simpler solutions to scaling and reliability issues, have been adopting cloud technology in droves. In fact, the market for cloud computing solutions grew a staggering 21% in 2015 and promises to continue growing at a similar pace over the next five years.

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The barrier to cloud security isn't the technology

David Linthicum

You want solid cloud security, so you work to find the best approach and technology. But that won’t get the job done. The truth is that competent cloud security technology is available, and most IT organizations’ cloud teams are good at finding and using it. But cloud IT doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so having the right approach and technology alone won’t secure your cloud operations. [ The cloud storage security gap—and how to close it. | 5 ways Microsoft has improved SharePoint security. ].

IT Enterprise Architecture: How to Engage Business Partners and Enhance Digital Innovation

CEB IT

As senior management team sign off on multimillion dollar investments in digitization, thousands of people across all industries are rapidly uncovering new ways to use technology to increase productivity and create a competitive advantage. Line managers should partner more closely with the corporate IT team to ensure their business strategy makes full use of the digital capabilities at the company’s disposal.

Country as a service becoming reality in Estonia

Computer Weekly

Programme to help foreigners set up businesses in Estonia through virtual residency is gathering pace

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

5 Data Integration Benefits of Hosted VoIP Service

IT Toolbox

Making the switch to hosted voice over IP telephony (VoIP) service can enable your organization to unlock crystal-clear business communications at a fraction of the cost of plain old telephone services (POTS). However, you'll also be in a position to unlock massive benefits to your internal productivity and customer satisfaction. The secret? Data integration, which is generally available as add-on

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DevOps has reached critical mass, CIOs need to get on board

Forrester IT

DevOps is one of the most powerful weapons that CIOs have in their arsenal. DevOps unites the entire enterprise in delivering business transformation with superior customer experience. Companies like Target , Capital One , Walmart , ING , Nordstrom , Netflix and JetBlue are already reaping the benefits. In order to unlock the promise of DevOps, CIOs must lead the call for cultural change.

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Update on Apache Spot: Tremendous advancement in cybersecurity data analytics and event management capabilities

CTOvision

Bob Gourley. The trend of applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to the mission of cyber defense is one of the most promising activities in the cybersecurity community. The trend towards eliminating data stovepipes to allow analysts to work over all relevant security data is also a very positive movement. Both of those trends are apparent in the new Apache Spot project.

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In the cloud, you don’t need a college degree

David Linthicum

Like most in this business, I have an advanced degree. I even taught computer science at the college level part-time for eight years before life got too busy. That said, you don’t need a college degree to be successful in cloud computing. In fact, over the last few years, I’ve seen a clear trend toward accepting those without degrees not only in cloud computing specifically but in tech in general. [ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations. |

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Information Risk: How to Manage the Company’s Demand for Your Services

CEB IT

Information security teams face an unprecedented level of demand for their services right now. The rise of more iterative and constant technology development methods – such as Agile and DevOps – and a rising number of line managers and vendors involved in sourcing, creating, and using a vast and growing store of data makes it incredibly hard to balance the traditional but necessary “operational”-type activities and new, more high-impact activities like risk management and governance.

Cardiff man admits terrorist charges after posting encryption instructions on Islamic blog

Computer Weekly

Samata Ullah, a resident of Cardiff, pleaded guilty to five terrorism charges, including developing an encrypted version of an Islamic website and posting videos explaining how to use encryption

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6 Ways to Improve VoIP Call Quality

IT Toolbox

A VoIP system facilitates telephone calls over the Internet, which delivers increased functionality for business communications. But the quality of audio achieved is subject to several variables, and just one wrong choice of hardware or software can result in a disappointing connection. Here are six steps you can take to maximize the VoIP call quality within your business.

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Google Drives Into The Business Content Services Segment of ECM

Forrester IT

Several Forrester colleagues and I attended the Google Next conference earlier this month, an event showcasing the Google Cloud Platform portfolio. One message, however, was distinctly NOT cloudy: Google is aiming at the enterprise market. And that includes your enterprise content. Google Drive has been a popular offering in the cloud enterprise file sync and share market, and we evaluated it as a Leader in our 2016 Forrester Wave (subscription required).

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Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Cybersecurity Due Diligence: Now a best practice in Merger & Acquisition (M&A)

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Bob Gourley. Cooley is an international law firm recognized for its technology practice and experience in multiple practice areas, including Mergers and Acquisition (the firm has handled over 1,000 M&A transactions since 2010).

Containers are right for many cloud apps—but not all

David Linthicum

I like containers—I really do. They provide a built-in architecture for and reward a distributed systems approach to development, and they offer portability. Indeed, a good deal of my work involves designing and deploying containers, both for existing and new applications. But there can be too much of a good thing, and I see signs that containers are used where they don't fit. It’s common for technologists to chase the hype cycle, and containers are the current flavor of the month.

IT Applications: How to Create a Culture of Quality

CEB IT

Over the past several years, those in charge of IT applications teams have emphasized the need for their staff to be as quick as possible in getting applications in to day-to-day use. But this emphasis on speed can have the unintended consequence of developers focusing less on other development objectives, like quality. The need for speed may tempt some development teams to make tradeoffs, but 84% of business partners are unwilling to sacrifice the quality of in-house software for speed.

Thorn CEO on using machine learning and tech partnerships to tackle online child sex abuse

Computer Weekly

The CEO of US-based no-profit Thorn explains how cross-industry collaboration and machine learning is helping her organisation stay one step ahead of online child sex abusers

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

How IT Uses Collaboration for Digital Transformation

IT Toolbox

As this series progresses, I’ll address the impact of digital transformation on three stakeholder groups, along with how each can use collaboration solutions like UC to manage these changes. As noted earlier, each group faces distinct challenges, and all of them need to

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Bosch Connected World 2017 – Lessons From IoT Practitioners

Forrester IT

With Paul Miller. In March 2017, Bosch hosted its annual internet-of-things (IoT) conference, Bosch Connected World (BCW), in Berlin. Since last year, the event has doubled in size, attracting 2,500 attendees from businesses and vendors. This jump reflects the growing interest in IoT. The number of attendees, however, also highlights the relative immaturity of IoT compared with bigger technology themes.

The Race for The Best Self-Driving Auto Tech

CTOvision

Jeremy Sutter. Whether the public is ready or not, carmakers and tech giants are beginning to cooperate to make driverless vehicles a commodity sooner than anyone expected. Competition. Global companies such as Honda, Hyundai, and BMW, are just a few of the big car makers joining tech firms like Intel, Google, and Samsung to perfect driverless systems. The contest is becoming so fierce that auto and tech companies are competing with each other to get the best talent for a new age of vehicles.

Calculate your cloud costs with this simple formula

David Linthicum

"Cloudops" is the latest buzzword. Its meaning is simple: the ability to operate workloads, including both applications and data, once they get to the public cloud. What’s not so simple is figuring out what cloudops will cost over time, both based on future changes in technology costs and on adding or deleting workloads from the public cloud. [ Get started: A developer’s guide to serverless computing. Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ].

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Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

How to Ease the Corporate IT versus Product IT Dilemma

CEB IT

CIOs at technology companies are all too familiar with the power tussle that comes from setting a corporate IT strategy that doesn’t align with a more ad-hoc technology strategy pursued by product teams who often have more specialized skills and experience than the IT team anyway. But as digitization becomes one of the most important corporate priorities for so many of the world’s big companies, this tussle is being repeated across a whole host of industries.

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Cyber attack on Barts NHS trust exploited zero-day vulnerability

Computer Weekly

A cyber attack that forced parts of Barts NHS trust offline in January 2017 has been blamed on previously unknown malware that was able to bypass the antivirus systems, highlighting a common weakness in cyber defences

4 Benefits of VoIP and CRM Integration

IT Toolbox

Voice over Internet Protocol, commonly called VoIP, lets businesses make phone calls from the internet. It boosts portability, cuts costs -- 99.9 percent of users see a reduction in their phone expenses, according to one report -- and provides more flexibility than traditional telecommunications. Companies that integrate VoIP with customer relationship management software could reap further benefits

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Platforms Are The Foundation For New Value Creation

Forrester IT

While a lot has been written about consumer-facing platforms like Facebook and Uber, the platform impact on business-to-business relationships has not been as extensively investigated. However, these "business platform models" are transforming the way how traditional businesses create value. Business platforms will reorganize a wide variety of markets, work arrangements, and ultimately value creation and capture. Business platforms push productivity improvements beyond automation activities.

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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!