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Is Business Intelligence (BI) Market Finally Maturing? Forrester Three Big BI Market Predictions

Forrester IT

The buy side market is nowhere near maturity and will continue to be a greenfield opportunity to many BI vendors. Our research still shows that homegrown shadow IT BI applications based on spreadsheets and desktop databases dominate the enterprises. And only somewhere between 20% and 50% of enterprise structured data is being curated and available to enterprise BI tools and applications. The sell side of the market is a different story.

Big Data Can Be Used for More Than Just Targeting A Customer Base


Brigg Patten. Big data has almost always been primarily used to target clients using tailored products, targeted advertising. This has skewed the use of big data that often everyone simply assumes big data is for targeting the customer base. However, there are many other uses for big data in a firm that may or may not be directly related to customer welfare or marketing purposes. The utilization of data depends on the nature and type of data collected and how well it’s stored and curated.

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Your cloud choice: Succeed slowly or fail fast

David Linthicum

If you want proof that what I’ve been advising for years is true, check out this research on cloud computing from The Register : Planning pays off when it comes to cloud migration and deployments. The Register found that most companies don’t yet have meaningful cloud adoption or have truly embraced the idea of the cloud-first enterprise.

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10 New Information Security Roles for the Digitization Era


High demand and a limited pool of people with the right skills and experience make information security staffing a perennial challenge. Further complicating things is the fact that information security teams have not yet adapted to their changing role in digitizing companies.

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.

Demise of OpenStack Innovation Center does not mean demise of OpenStack

Forrester IT

The ever-dependable Barb Darrow at Fortune reported late last week that the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) is to shut down. Cue wailing, gnashing of teeth, and portents of doom. But this may not be quite so bad as it appears, because the OpenStack Innovation Center isn't nearly so critical to the open source cloud computing project as its name might imply. Before I joined Forrester I used to post a short thought (almost) every day, commenting on some piece of news that caught my interest.

What to do first when hit by a cyber attack

Computer Weekly

Security consultant Gemma Moore looks at the actions organisations should take if they suspect they have suffered a cyber security incident

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IT Applications: 3 Changes Needed to Run Agile at Scale


IT applications teams design the specialist in-house software and “apps” that thousands of employees need to get their jobs done and, much like their more storied counterparts who design apps for the world at large, corporate applications teams have eagerly adopted Agile methods into their work.

Check Out The New Forrester Wave™ Of Leading DRaaS Providers

Forrester IT

I am pleased to announce that the new Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service Providers, Q2 2017 for infrastructure and operations professionals is now live! This Wave evaluation uncovered a market in which four providers -- Sungard Availability Services, Bluelock, IBM, and iland -- all emerged as Leaders, although their strengths differ. Another five providers -- HPE Enterprise Services (now DXC Technology), Recovery Point, Plan B, Daisy, and TierPoint -- are Strong Performers.

Kone brings elevator maintenance online with IBM Watson and Salesforce

Computer Weekly

Lift manufacturer is using sensors and artificial intelligence to support its maintenance staff

How Reno Became a Data Center Hub: a Timeline

Data Center Knowledge

Nevada’s second gambling capital is growing as a cloud nerve center Read More. Data Center Strategies Featured Site Selection

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!

Six Ways to Make ERP More Employee-Friendly

IT Toolbox

ERP systems are foundational for many businesses, but they aren’t typically sexy or easy to use, even for firms that have chosen web-based systems. That can be a problem. If employees find their ERP system clunky and hard to use, they will avoid it whenever possible. That can cut down on the utility of the system, and even cause the development of shadow IT that bypasses

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A One-Year I&O Transformation

Forrester IT

Back when I worked in I&O we weren't very popular. Not personally, mind you, but as a team. Because we seldom satisfied user requests quickly, and sometimes not at all. We were the defenders of stability, resistant to change. Just maintaining the technology every day - "keeping the lights on" - took a lot of manual effort. We chased down a lot of defects, and then we struggled to get fixes created and put into production. Sometimes the fix created a worse problem.

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Robotic automation takes off in the Nordics

Computer Weekly

Software robots are rapidly automating traditionally manual tasks at enterprises across the Nordic region

The New York Times to Replace Data Centers with Google Cloud, AWS

Data Center Knowledge

Publisher plans to shut down three data centers as it moves to the cloud Read More. Cloud Computing Enterprise

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.

Top 5 Business Intelligence Tools of 2017

IT Toolbox

This post looks at a few of the top BI tools for 2017

A One-Year I&O Transformation

Forrester IT

Back when I worked in I&O we weren't very popular. Not personally, mind you, but as a team. Because we seldom satisfied user requests quickly, and sometimes not at all. We were the defenders of stability, resistant to change. Just maintaining the technology every day - "keeping the lights on" - took a lot of manual effort. We chased down a lot of defects, and then we struggled to get fixes created and put into production. Sometimes the fix created a worse problem.

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UK businesses need to up cyber security with one in five hit by attacks

Computer Weekly

Big UK businesses are targeted by cyber attacks more heavily, but all need to improve cyber security with one in five UK firms falling victim in the past 12 months, a survey reveals

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Microsoft launches IoT Central to Simplify Internet of Things Management

Data Center Knowledge

Says companies need services that help manage IoT devices and analyze data they generate Read More. Cloud Computing Internet of Things Microsoft Shared

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?

Connecting with the Cloud

IT Toolbox

Contact Centers as a Service. According to the latest MarketsandMarkets report, the cloud-based contact center market size is predicted to grow from $5.43 billion in 2016 to $15.67 billion by 2021. Following this trend toward cloud-based contact center solutions, Amazon recently announced the release of Connect, a contact center as a service (CCaaS) offering

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What Does The “Internet Of Things” Mean For CIOs?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The Internet of things is coming our way – how will this change things? Image Credit: cthoyes.

Equinix tops global colocation leader boards on coverage and connectivity grounds

Computer Weekly

Colocation giant Equinix emerges as the one to beat in Cloudscene’s inaugural rankings of globe’s biggest datacentre service providers


A Call for IoT Standards

Data Center Knowledge

Industry-wide IoT standards and certifications are a solution with many obvious benefits; vendors and IoT experts can craft them with an eye for security and allaying customer concerns. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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.

Facebook Messenger not getting connected properly on an Android device

IT Toolbox

This post takes a look at a common FB Messenger problem


How sms monitoring technology can secure your business?


Monitoring technology has become an integral part of a business. Given the positivity it brings through surveillance, companies are opting for. monitoring tools and techniques to ensure better employee management. The basic need of an organization is to safeguard its workplace and protect its assets.

How tech teams can reduce LGBT+ university dropout

Computer Weekly

The number of students in the LGBT community who consider dropping out of university is higher than the average, but IT teams can make some small changes which will make a big difference to this figure


Opinion: De-Electrification of the American Economy

Data Center Knowledge

Even a big pro-coal policy shift from Washington may not result in higher demand for thermal coal. Read More. Green Data Centers Power

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.

Six Industries Ripe for Digital Transformation

IT Toolbox

Following the presidential election in the U.S., s reasonable to assume that many industries are about to undergo fairly significant and sudden changes. Throw in other waves of global discontent and the rapid pace of technological change that?s s already been marinating for several years and it?s s clear that every industry is fair game for change

Virtual assistants hear everything, so watch what you say. I’m not kidding

Network World

The law of unintended consequences is once again rearing it’s ugly head: Google, Apple, Amazon and others now make virtual assitants that respond to commands, and recordings can trigger them. Burger King found out how, via a radio commercial, it could get Google’s attention. It produced an ad designed to trigger Google Home to advertise the Whopper. The ad featured a Burger King employee saying, “OK, Google. What is the Whopper burger?”

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How cloud, IoT and mobile devices are driving demand for edge datacentres

Computer Weekly

The demand for edge datacentres and computing resources is steadily rising. Rene Millman takes a look at what's driving the trend

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How The New York Times Handled Unprecedented Election-Night Traffic Spike

Data Center Knowledge

Election of 2012 brought the site to its knees; its current CTO wasn't going to let it happen again last November. Read More. CDNs Cloud Computing Featured

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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.