Sat.Jan 19, 2019 - Fri.Jan 25, 2019

2 big mistakes to avoid in edge computing

David Linthicum

More things are being pushed to the edge. Think of the edge as the space between the cloud and whatever device or system is tossing off data. The idea is to do most of the processing at the edge, close to where the data is produced. This approach, called edge computing , provides a much better response time, because there’s no need to send the data back to a central cloud-based data-storage system where it’s processed and then returned all the way back to the device. What is cloud computing?

Do you need machine learning? Maybe. Maybe Not.

Eric D. Brown

I’ve recently written about the risks of machine learning (ML) , but with this post I wanted to take a step back and talk about ML and general. I want to talk about the ‘why’ of machine learning and whether you and/or your company should be investigating machine learning.

CEOs And Software

Forrester IT

How To Lead The Most Important – and Perplexing — Corporate Domain by John R. Rymer and Jeffrey S. Hammond Summary What if CEOs — not software development and delivery leaders or CIOs — held the keys to the fast, high-quality software delivery that is so crucial to digital business?

The 4 Phases of the Gartner Blockchain Spectrum


It’s easy to be swept up in the promise and hype of blockchain, but the reality is that most solutions marketed as “blockchain” are missing key components — particularly tokenization and decentralization.

It’s time to kick your ERP system to the curb and go SaaS

David Linthicum

According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index , 59 percent of all cloud workflows were delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS) by 2019. But infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) dropped to 28 percent from 44 percent in 2013, and that platform-as-a-service (PaaS) was only 13 percent for workloads delivered. To read this article in full, please click here

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Trojan malware is back and it’s the biggest hacking threat to your business


Trojan malware attacks against business targets have rocketed in the last year, as cybercriminals alter their tactics away from short-term gain and in-your-face ransomware attacks towards more subtle, long-term campaigns with the aim of stealing information including banking information, personal data, and even intellectual property. Figures from security company Malwarebytes Labs in a new report suggest […].

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Foto Friday – Pika Rocky Mountain National Park

Eric D. Brown

Pika Rocky Mountain National Park. While in Rocky Mountain National Park last year, I stumbled upon an area perfect for Pikas. I sat myself down next to some rocks and waited. After about 15 minutes I started hearing the ‘squeeks’ that you’d hear from these cute little animals.


Future-Proof Your Data and Analytics Workforce


Data and analytics leaders cannot master today’s opportunities and challenges of digital business using yesterday’s roles and organization design. Chief data officers (CDOs) consistently mention lack of relevant skills or staff as one of the top internal roadblocks to success. The Gartner 2018 CEO Survey highlights a similar pattern, with respondents listing a “lack of appropriate talent and capability in the workforce” as the biggest inhibitor to digital business progress.

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Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords


A little over two weeks have passed since we celebrated New Year without having to hear about a data breach in progress. The wait is finally over. In what’s being called the largest data breach literally ever, which in an era where data breaches are almost commonplace really means something, we have a breach that leaked almost […].

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Telecom-Only = Disrupted

Forrester IT

My theme at PTC’19 this week was that telecommunications and colocation companies who maintain a focus on their traditional value propositions will be fully disrupted by 2025.

Why CIOs Should Care About Two Factor Authentication

The Accidental Successful CIO

Everybody needs two factor authentication, but just exactly what is it? Image Credit: Dave Crosby. As everyone in the CIO position knows, keeping the company’s systems and applications secure is a top priority and has a lot to do with the importance of information technology.

How Digital Twins Simplify the IoT


Trucks today are computers on wheels. Thanks to modern telemetry systems and other technologies they are constantly communicating data points, such as location, motion or engine status, to various business units and systems of their organization. The problem: Trucks often send multiple messages containing the same data over multiple channels at different times.

How Can 5G Accelerate The Internet Of Things (IoT)?


5G, or fifth generation cellular communications technology, has become a hot topic across industries for its potential impact on emerging technologies, and specifically, the Internet of Things (IoT), which describes the development, manufacture, and use of connected devices. These devices range from small heart-rate-monitors to autonomous vehicles, smart home appliances, intelligent factories, and much more. Together, […]. CTO News

Cunning plans are in short supply in 2019 Brexit Britain

Forrester IT

I expected (naively some may think) by now that with a withdrawal deal secured by the UK and the EU that I would be able to update my earlier report published last summer.

PowerShell One-Liner to Configure the NIC Power Management Settings

Mick's IT Blog

While working on a series of one-liners for configuring the NIC on machines, I created this needed to makes changes to the power management settings of the NIC.

Snapshot: Data Scientist Salaries and Jobs in Europe


Here is what a recent report says about job opportunities for Data Scientists across Europe including salaries and benefits, job motivations, programming languages used, tech skills and what people want most from their work.

How Blockchain Technology Can Improve America’s Infrastructure


Read Adam Millsap explain how blockchain technology can help improve USA’s crumbling public infrastructure on Forbes : America’s infrastructure is often described as crumbling, broken-down, and out-of-date by politicians from both sides. While the reality isn’t so dire, there are obvious infrastructure issues throughout the country, such as New York’s subway, D.C.’s s metro, and almost any […]. CTO News


Retailers: Extend Omnichannel Capabilities To The Customer, Not Just Operations

Forrester IT

Omnichannel investments, including in-store pickup and endless aisle, continue to be top strategic investment for digital business professionals at retail organizations.

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Killing Spreadsheets and Empowering Data Driven Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of the more polarizing discussions I've had with IT leaders on Twitter chats #IdgTechTalk (Thursdays 12pm ET), #CIOChat (Thursdays at 2pm ET) or at conferences is around the use or misuse of spreadsheets. From the comments, you can guess people are either "for" or "against" using spreadsheets, but what we are really saying is, "Use them wisely" and find ways to replace them with more.

How SD-WAN can improve your security strategy

Network World

Data breaches and security threats are a top concern among IT leaders, yet it’s harder than ever to hire skilled security professionals. That has organizations looking for ways to more easily improve their security strategy. One option is to implement a software-defined WAN ( SD-WAN ). I recently talked with Hamza Seqqat, director of solutions architecture at Apcela , to get his take on how SD-WAN affects security strategy.

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Hybrid cloud trends offer lessons for potential adopters


Organizations and IT administrators hoping to follow hybrid cloud trends can save time and energy by planning ahead with these hybrid cloud design, deployment and migration guidelines. A hybrid cloud system mixes private and public cloud platforms with orchestration that enables workload flexibility between them. Hybrid cloud admins can move workloads between on-premises and third-party clouds […]. CTO News

NRF Big Show 2019 Impressions And Trends

Forrester IT

Last weekend at the NRF Big Show 2019, I walked for miles back and forth across the crowded conference red carpet, meeting with several retailers, brands, and vendors to discuss the current and future state of commerce.

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Top 5 Considerations When Hiring a Data Scientist

Information Week

AI is a hot term in every industry, but don't be a company that just blindly hires a group of data scientists who end up frustrated and unproductive

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How Using Big Data Can Be Beneficial For Your Business

Social, Agile and Transformation

By Ashley Lipman In a recent study, marketing professionals claimed that understanding the interactions their customers had across all of their touchpoints was their biggest challenge. For years, business owners have relied on customer data to help them with things like setting a course for things like marketing and even product development. While most business owners understand how. big data customer experience customer service organizational change

5 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Increase Data Security


Business data is more than propriety information. Most small businesses hold customer credit card information on file and maintain electronic employee records, as well as manage their banking online. And a breach of this data disrupts basic operations and damages your reputation not to mention probably costing you thousands of dollars. Symantec, in fact, recently released […].

The Three Customer Service Megatrends In 2019

Forrester IT

As AI Eats Jobs, Agents Are More Valued Great customer service is not just about cutting costs or making operations more efficient. Instead, it’s a systematic reinvention of established technology, data, and operations — leveraging automation, data, and agents together to exploit each of their unique strengths. Trend 1: AI upends customer service operations. Automation and AI […]. customer service solutions customer service; AI

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Email Marketing Tips to Improve Customer Loyalty


Information Technology Blog - - Email Marketing Tips to Improve Customer Loyalty - Information Technology Blog. With all of the new ways to reach customers online, email marketing continues to be the most effective way to find new customers and stay connected with current customers.

FlexDeploy Loves OIC: Manage Integrations with Connections


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Tech’s Next Imperative Must Be Physical Security


Physical security has always taken a back seat for IT professionals. With growing attacks read why Alan Cohen says that it is imperative for the IT pros to focus on physical security on Forbes : I believe our Founding Fathers knew that the American experiment would be sorely pressed, sorely challenged over time. This foresight exercises […].

Brands: Here Is The Size Of Your Digital Commerce Prize

Forrester IT

Consumer-facing brands know that there is proverbial “gold” in generating direct sales through digital commerce — but the big question is the size of the prize.

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