May, 2016

Corporate IT: The Four Barriers that Hinder Digitization in Your Firm


While being a fairly nebulous term, digitization has changed and is changing companies beyond recognition. The ability to use technology and digital information to accomplish tasks that once required human judgment and action are almost too numerous to count at most firms.

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You Don’t Think You Need An Online Video Platform? Think again.

Forrester IT

If your idea of "doing video" means having a YouTube channel, then you need to up your game. While a freemium player like YouTube can be an important part of an overall video strategy, it shouldn't be the only part.

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An Update On The Megatrend of Cloud Computing


Bob Gourley. There are seven key MegaTrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for C loud Computing, A rtificial Intelligence, M obility, B ig Data, R obotics, I nternet of Things, C yberSecurity.

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3 common cloud ROI failures you must avoid

David Linthicum

I see a lot of cloud computing projects fail in that they do not bring the promised ROI. In my book, if a project cannot live up to the projected ROI, it has failed. There are three common cloud mistakes that lead to such ROI failure, each of which you can easily avoid. [ The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ].

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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?

UK startups seek to lead the world in smart city technologies

Computer Weekly

Government trade mission to south-east Asia helps UK startups to target the region’s growing smart city projects

How to Reuse Waste Heat from Data Centers Intelligently

Data Center Knowledge

There are two big problems with reusing server exhaust heat, but there are also good solutions to both of them Read More. Cooling Data Center Design Featured Green Data Centers

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Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter: The New Cyberweapons Of Choice

Forrester IT

New social media scams and marketing #fails are common fodder for water cooler banter today - even a recent episode of HBO's Veep ran a joke where the President blames a Chinese cyberattack for sending an ill-advised tweet.

Cognitio’s Bob Flores and Roger Hockenberry On Cyber Risk


Bob Gourley. Cognitio's Bob Flores and Roger Hockenberry are widely known for their ability to articulate what is important about the cyber threat and the digital risks to the modern organization.

To work right, IoT has to move to the cloud's edge

David Linthicum

I attended Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, Calif., this week and served as the track chairman for, you guessed it, cloud and IoT. The vibe I got throughout the event was one of confusion: IoT seems to be so systemic, yet is difficult to define. As one presenter put it, "It's like plastic. It's going to be a part of everything."

Amazon S3 storage 101: Object storage in the cloud

Computer Weekly

Amazon S3 has emerged as a de facto standard for accessing data in the cloud. We run the rule over S3, its key attributes and what you need to know to use it with your applications

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!

5 CRM Statistics Every Entrepreneur Should Understand

IT Toolbox

Customer relationship management (CRM) has become a necessity for organizations of all sizes. The tools in these software suites make it easier to offer amazing customer service, implement targeted marketing strategies and provide a host of other benefits. For any budding entrepreneur who's still on the fence about CRM, these statistics should make the decision an easy one.

How CIOs Find Time for Digital Strategy


As companies move more and more of their processes, products, and services to the digital realm it seems that every company is a tech company or wants to be. One of the implications of this has been a shift in — or an outright overloading of — the CIO’s portfolio of responsibilities.

Linux vs Unix Hot Patching – Have We Reached The Tipping Point?

Forrester IT

The Background - Linux as a Fast Follower and the Need for Hot Patching. No doubt about it, Linux has made impressive strides in the last 15 years, gaining many features previously associated with high-end proprietary Unix as it made the transition from small system plaything to core enterprise processing resource and the engine of the extended web as we know it.

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Black Mirror Transcends Fiction Into Reality


Katie Kennedy. Fiction, especially fiction with technology components, can be an entertaining way to think through ethics issues. With that in mind a series we have been watching is the Netflix anthology called Black Mirror.

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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.

Don’t blame the cloud for your shoddy IT plans

David Linthicum

A survey from IT consultancy Trustmarque has found that 81 percent of CIOs say the ever increasing complexity of IT infrastructure creates a bottleneck for IT support, while a similar number (82 percent) argue that IT support has become a "growing burden" on modern IT departments. The survey polled 200 U.K. CIOs and senior IT decision makers from large enterprises. More than half (58 percent) of CIOs polled admit they had trouble offering a consistent level of IT support in their business.

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New Zealand reaps fibre benefits as copper-choked UK risks digital exclusion

Computer Weekly

Telecoms and technology consultant, futurist and ex-BT CTO Peter Cochrane highlights the urgency for the UK to consider FTTP if it wants to maintain its place in the world economy


Answering Your Top 5 Questions about VoIP Telephone Systems

IT Toolbox

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone systems are becoming more popular for both home and business use. For businesses, the advantages over traditional telephone systems include more features and flexibility, as well as lower cost. Find out if VoIP is right for you by reviewing these answers to the top five most commonly asked questions. How Does VoIP Work?

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Corporate IT: How to Stop Digitization Turning Your Firm into a Digital Gulliver


The idea of digitization, which is essentially the change from accomplishing any tasks by physical or “analog” means to using digital technology and data, is as old as computing itself.

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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.

Velocity Mandates DevOps And Continuous Deployment

Forrester IT

Today's customers, products, business operations, and competitors are fundamentally digital. Succeeding in this new era mandates everyone constantly reinvent their businesses as fundamentally digital. You have two choices, · become a digital predator; or. · become digital prey. To compete in this new digital market norm, software applications and products must contain new sources of customer value while at the same time adopting new operational agility.

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Consider This Use Case For Supply Chain and Logistics: Enterprise data preparation with Tamr and Toyota Motor Europe.


Michael Johnson. The video here examines how Toyota Motor Europe is using Tamr for enterprise data preparation. It is a fantastic use case for any firm or government agency that needs to optimize their supply chain.

Arizona may force CIOs to adopt the cloud

David Linthicum

Move to the cloud -- or else! That's the basic thrust of a proposed Arizona state law, S.B. 1434 , now awaiting Governor Doug Ducey's approval or veto. This law would require state agencies to shift their IT resources and operations to the cloud (public and/or private).

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Interview: Kate Johnson, chief commercial officer at GE Digital, on digitising manufacturing

Computer Weekly

GE Digital’s CCO is driving service revenue growth through the commercialisation of Predix, the company’s big data and analytics software platform, as it seeks to exploit the industrial internet of things

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.

How VoIP Transforms Small Businesses into Big Players

IT Toolbox

In a highly competitive market, small businesses need any leg-up they can find. It's not enough to offer a unique product or better customer service - sometimes it all comes down to dollars. If small businesses and startups were able to significantly reduce their overhead costs, they could effectively expand their reach and have a greater impact on their market. This is exactly what voice over Internet

Corporate IT: 5 Steps to Building an IT Integration Plan


Although 2015 was a record year for M&A activity , the heat is now starting to flow out of the market a little. But that still means that a lot of deals done over the past 12 months or so now need to be integrated into the new parent firm or the company on the other side of a merger.

Don't Wait; Rethink Your ITIL Journey Now!

Forrester IT

Over the past 25 years, many organizations have modelled their support - and in some cases their delivery organization - after the ITIL frameworks and processes. For many, ITIL has been helpful in establishing the rigor and governance that they needed to bring their infrastructure under control in an era where quality and consistency of service was critical and technology was sometimes fragile.

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Richard Stiennon interviews eSentire CEO J. Paul Haynes


Michael Johnson. The video below features two of the most highly regarded people in the Cybersecurity community, Richard Stiennon and J Paul Haynes. Watch for good content on the approach of eSentire.

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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.

Debunking the cloud's 'noisy neighbor' myth

David Linthicum

We've all heard the complaint: When you move into a public cloud, you experience performance issues caused by others being on the same public cloud, in what's often called the "noisy neighbor" problem. It seems reasonable to make this claim, given that public clouds are multitenant beasts, so you're sharing resources with other cloud users. That sharing means you're also competing for the same dedicated servers back in the cloud provider's data center, right?

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Skype for Business: One year on, so what are the results?

Computer Weekly

It’s now a year since Microsoft transitioned the Lync unified communications suite into Skype for Business, but has the enterprise embraced or shunned it

Why SMBs need to be Thinking about Hosted VoIP

IT Toolbox

I write regularly about all variations of this topic, as ongoing research keeps showing new things. There is a lot for decision-makers to understand about VoIP itself, just as there is for the hosted services model. Building on that, there is a lot to learn about the hosted VoIP opportunity, and from there, the bigger picture around Unified Communications and collaboration. Aside

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Corporate IT: Help Colleagues Think More Broadly About Digitization


In the past five years or so, the concept of digitization has become one of the most important for managers to wrap their heads around.

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.