2018

CIOs Are Discovering That Humans Are Important Too

The Accidental Successful CIO

It turns out that humans are an important part of every IT department Image Credit: Black Knights. As the person with the CIO job, you have a very important question that you have to find the answer to. What is more important to your IT department: people or technology. We spend a great deal of time thinking and learning about technology because we understand the importance of information technology.

The biggest risk in cloud computing is not doing it

David Linthicum

Gartner’s latest quarterly report “Emerging Risks Report” surveyed 110 senior executives about risk, audit, finance, and compliance at large global organizations. Not surprisingly, they identified cloud computing as the top concern for the second consecutive quarter. Moving to the cloud means changing major business processes, which adds risk, and the cost of risk. Risk took in the form of cybersecurity disclosure and legal compliance ranked among the top concerns of the executives surveyed. [

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What is the cost of bad data?

Eric D. Brown

How much is bad data costing you? It could be very little – or it could be a great deal. In this article I give an example of what the cost of bad data really is. A few days ago, I received a nice, well designed sales/marketing piece in the mail yesterday. In it, a local window company warned me of the dangers of old windows and the costs associated with them (higher energy costs, etc etc). Note: This was the third such piece I’ve received from this company in about 3 months.

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Main Street Cybersecurity: 10 Cost Effective Strategies for confronting Ransomware

CTOvision

As we usher in the new year of 2018, we are confronted with an ever-expanding network-borne threat landscape especially from ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software which is used by malicious actors to encrypt systems or data. When the ransom is paid the key is in some cases provided to unlock the data. […].

Facebook Causes Continue to Show Little Promise as Fundraising Tools

The evidence is in: The cloud’s advantages are now clear to business

David Linthicum

One of the likely outcomes of moving to the public cloud is altering how products are designed, a recent Harvard Business Review article shows. With cloud, there is closer collaboration between corporate IT departments and business units—sales, finance, forecasting, and even customer interaction. In fact, the HBR article shows that many IT departments have jointly developed products with their customers.

Beware fake Meltdown and Spectre patches

Computer Weekly

Security experts have warned that cyber attackers will be quick to use the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, but the first attempt to capitalise on them has come in the form of fake updates

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Seeking Magic Moments – Why It’s Time to Tune Up Your Digital Experience Stack

Forrester's Customer Insights

The legendary R&B singer and songwriter Ben E. King got it so right in the Drifters 1960 recording of “This Magic Moment.” The song is timeless because it tells a classic tale of a first kiss. And also captures a moment in time in words and song that reminds us of the power of storytelling, […].

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How the Internet of Things is Influencing a New Cybersecurity Era

CTOvision

Cybersecurity is the new chief concern for every organization. Recent global attacks like Wannacry and NotPetya have proved that hackers aren’t sparing any institution in their latest show of might. Most companies have thus resulted in the internet of things, and it's cybersecurity features to help keep their digital assets safe. But does IoT offer […]. Artificial Intelligence Cyber Security News

Big Data Roadmap – A roadmap for success with big data

Eric D. Brown

I’m regularly asked about how to get started with big data. My response is always the same: I give them my big data roadmap for success. Most organizations want to jump in a do something ‘cool’ with big data.

Top 10 Personal Technologies to Support Digital Business

CEB IT

The idea of an assistant that can schedule meetings and arrange a calendar, order lunch and remind you that you need to leave the office before 4:30 on Thursday to make it across the city to dinner with colleagues doesn’t seem too extraordinary--until you learn the assistant isn’t a person at a desk, but rather a virtual assistant (VA).

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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.

Security Frameworks…Useless?

Doctor Chaos

I was recently in a very high-cost (around $6K), one-week security course in San Francisco. You can infer the institution. The instructor was dynamic, and the topic was focused on technical hacking. A how-to for breaking into computers, detecting the break-in, etc. At the end of the week there was a little ‘capture the flag’ […]. InfoSec compliance framework NIST PCI

Innovation - Plant Your Garden Well

CIO Musings

?Innovation is a big topic in civic circles these days. Creating value out of new approaches and ideas is at the heart of this. But first, an interesting example of innovation. The picture below is of bio-sensitive tatoo ink. Imagine not having to sample your blood to see the glucose level, just look at your tatoo and it will tell you by it's color if you need insulin. Or, if your are dehydrated. Or, if your white-cell count is up. Or, any number of other indicators.

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Spatial: This could very well be the future of collaboration

CTOvision

CTOvision analysts have seen 100’s of collaboration tools and 100’s of solutions that build collaboration into workflow, and have seen so many claim to be the future of human brain to brain connectivity that it pays to be skeptical here.

Smart Cities Cybersecurity Challenge

CTOvision

Smart Cities will become a full-scale cyber war battleground unless Congress mandates cybersecurity. The biggest danger in Smart Cities is the assumption that IoT sensors communicating over a 5G fabric to Machine Learning and Blockchain systems will be safe from cyberattacks. To the contrary Smart Cities suffer from all the cyber vulnerabilities we have today [.]. Big Data and Analytics Cloud Computing CTO Cyber Security Cyber War Government Cyberwar smart city

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.

3 surprise cloud trends for 2019—you heard them here first

David Linthicum

The predictions about 2019 and 2020 cloud computing are starting to come out, and I don’t see anything that isn’t already obvious. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider Story

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Computer science is fastest-growing subject for undergraduates

Computer Weekly

Computer science is the fastest-growing subject for undergraduate intake in UK universities, according to 2017 statistics

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Cyber Defenders In Polite Rage Mob Take Pot-Shots At Former NSA Director

CTOvision

I have seen some real rage mobs on Twitter. Some of them get really horrid and full of hate. But I just saw one that was polite. Maybe this is the way people should exchange ideas on Twitter. The interaction I’m talking about was discussed in a Cyberscoop post by Sean Lyngaas titled “Ex-NSA employees […]. CTO Cyber War News

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From Machine Learning to Machine Reasoning

CTOvision

The conversation around Artificial Intelligence usually revolves around technology-focused topics: machine learning, conversational interfaces, autonomous agents, and other aspects of data science, math, and implementation. However, the history and evolution of AI is also inextricably linked with waves of innovation and research breakthroughs that run headfirst into economic and technology roadblocks. There seems to be […].

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.

Now That You Are A Soldier In The Cyber War You Must Know Your Cognitive Biases

CTOvision

None of us wanted this cyber war. But now that it is here all of us are targets. Even before the cyber war we were being overwhelmed with data. The average citizen is surrounded with information from TV, radio, entertainment, the Internet, social media, co-workers, neighbors, family, schools, the government as well as old sources […]. CTO Cyber Security Cyber War News

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You Need a Chief Data Officer. Here’s Why.

Eric D. Brown

Big data has moved from buzzword to being a part of everyday life within enterprise organizations. An IDG survey reports that 75% of enterprise organizations have deployed or plan to deploy big data projects.

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Use Data and Analytics to Tell a Story

CEB IT

When Florence Nightingale analyzed mortality rates from the Crimean War, she realized that the majority of soldiers hadn’t died in combat, but instead from preventable diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions in the hospitals. To convince the British Parliament and Queen Victoria to invest in better sanitary conditions, Nightingale created a diagram of the causes of mortality in the army.

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Robots On The High Seas: Intel partners with Rolls-Royce to develop autonomous cargo ships

CTOvision

OK this is cool. We all know robots are coming. Imagine what they can do on the high seas! What if this lowers the cost of international commerce? Should be good for all. A rising tide raises all boats! Rolls-Royce is partnering with Intel to use Xeon Scalable processors on ships and in datacenters as […]. CTO News Robots Intel

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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!

Spookstock: Less than a month remains before this secretive, virtuous battle of the bands

CTOvision

JJ Green at WTOP News produced a segment on a very virtuous yearly event called Spookstock which I would like to draw your attention to. JJ’s choice of words and sound in this report are impossible for me to do service to, it is very well done, so I would encourage you to spend 4 minutes […]. Artificial Intelligence CTO Cyber War News

5 ways cloud computing will change in the next year

CTOvision

No longer a brand new technology, cloud computing is entering its “young adult years,” according to a Forrester report. The cloud does not function simply as a temporary server anymore, with innovative analytics, machine learning, messaging, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and database services all integrated today, said the report. As the cloud comes of age, […]. Cloud Computing CTO News

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Please Spread The Word: Cybersecurity Scholarships From (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education

CTOvision

The following info comes via friends at isc2.org, please share this with any you believe eligible: Each year, (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education partner together to offer scholarships to students around the world. There are three categories of scholarships in this program: Graduate, Undergraduate and Women’s. All are open to students […]. CTO Cyber Security News Training and Education

Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll

David Linthicum

According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization.” That’s a pretty good hunk of cheddar! This is a real issue and it’s starting to get noticed by enterprises leadership, and even by the stockholders. What is cloud computing?

The Complete Guide to Distributed Tracing

Distributed tracing is a diagnostic technique that reveals how a set of services coordinate to handle individual user requests. Distributed tracing helps enable loosely coupled work across teams for fast, independent problem-solving.

Why GDPR is great for SMEs

Computer Weekly

SME laggards facing potential fines for non-compliance should wake up and smell the tasty carrot of a leaner, smarter business post-GDPR

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The Ethics Of Big Data: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Are Writing New Case Studies For Us All

CTOvision

The term “Big Data” has been around quite a while (see a short history of Big Data here), but really came into mainstream discussion in 2007 (which also happens to be the first year CTOvision used the word). The phrase had an important role in helping many of us think through new architectures for how […]. Big Data CTO News

Artificial Intelligence Sells, But Machine Learning Delivers

CTOvision

There is an old adage in the world of computing. If you want money for your project say it is Artificial Intelligence. But if you want talent to deliver on your capabilities remember to hire Machine Learning experts. Seems Artificial Intelligence sells. But Machine Learning Delivers. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning are all […].

Picking The Best Password Managers: Advice meant to share with friends and family

CTOvision

This post provides information on password managers for personal and small business use. Please share with any business associates, friends or family you think can benefit from these tips. Password managers automatically remember and fill in passwords for you. And they do that with an architecture designed to deliver this convenience with more security. You […]. Cloud Computing CTO Cyber Security News

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.