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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.

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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. […].

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

4 Key Steps to Data Transformation Success with Data Mesh

It’s tougher than ever to give your clients the data and insight they need, when they need it (and how they want it) – while addressing issues like security. Find out how data mesh architectures can help you meet these challenges and more.

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability Fixes Have Started, But Don't Solve Everything

WIRED Threat Level

Meltdown and Spectre Fixes Arrive—But Don't Solve Everything. Security

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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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.

"We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it" - And five things CIO must do to drive digital platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

I was speaking with a few CIOs at the SINC USA West conference in Scottsdale late last year on the state of managing digital technology in their organizations. One CIO told me, "We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it." Here's the logic behind his thinking and why this is a real issue for organizations investing in digital platforms When a new technology is. cio cmo digital transformation innovation organizational change

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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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6 Top Emerging Technology Jobs for 2019

Information Week

Get your career ready for the future. These 6 top emerging technology jobs are ready for big growth in 2019

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Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualization Will Never Be Enough

Five years ago, data visualizations were a powerful way to differentiate a software application. Today, free visualizations seem to be everywhere. Two trends are forcing application providers to rethink how they offer analytics in their products.

Expanding the AWS Cloud – An AWS Region is coming to South Africa!

All Things Distributed

Expanding the AWS Cloud—An AWS Region is coming to South Africa! Today, I am excited to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in South Africa! AWS is committed to South Africa's transformation. The AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region is another milestone of our growth and part of our long-term investment in and commitment to the country. It is our first Region in Africa, and we're shooting to have it ready in the first half of 2020.

How to Develop a Comprehensve Innovation Framework

Future of CIO

Innovation is not serendipity. Working in an innovation garden not only takes passion but also needs the process and hard work. A systematic innovation approach is to depict innovation as a system, rather than a traditional process. Innovation performance depends on the alignment of its various components (people, process, resources, actions, controls, measurement, etc.).

Not all Machine Learning is Artificial Intelligence

CTOvision

One of the downsides to the recent revival of popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that we see a lot of vendors, professional services firms, and end users jumping on the AI bandwagon labeling their technologies, products, service offerings, and projects as AI projects without necessarily that being the case. On the other hand, there […]. Artificial Intelligence AGI AI artificial general intelligence Machine learning

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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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

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

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‘Tis The Season – Your Customers Might Need A Little Nudge

Forrester's Customer Insights

On November 5, in line with tradition, a huge array of sparkling displays took place across the UK to celebrate Guy Fawkes night (“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. ”). As days get shorter, Bonfire Night is also a friendly reminder that it’s that wonderful time of the year (again) when we […]. customer experience digital business digital money management Behavioral Economics Customer Experience (CX) Digital Money Management Financial Wellness

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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Beware the Models

Eric D. Brown

“But… all of our models have accuracies above 90%…our system should be working perfectly!”. Those were the words spoken by the CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company. These comments were made during a conversation about their various forecasting models and the poor performance of those models. This CEO had spent about a million dollars over the last few years with a consulting company who had been tasked with creating new methods and models for forecasting sales and manufacturing.

Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

5 Driving Digital Predictions for 2019

Social, Agile and Transformation

With Thanksgiving behind us and the new year approaching, it's time to take stock on where we collectively are in our various transformational journeys. You'll see that I have a mixed message in my predictions. While some technologies and transformation programs will see increases in 2019, there will be strong culture and financial headwinds that will challenge CIO, CDO, CEO, Boards and. about me AI big data cio citizen development data management DevOps digital transformation enterprise 2.0

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Cyber attacks in 2017 drive Nordic security efforts

Computer Weekly

The volume of cyber attacks last year has increased boardroom focus on security in the Nordic region

9 Reasons Why Women Leave Tech Jobs

Information Week

If you think most women quit because they just don't like working in IT or because their jobs don't offer the work-life balance or parental leave they need, think again

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Ciao Milano! – An AWS Region is coming to Italy!

All Things Distributed

Today, I am happy to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in Italy! The AWS Europe (Milan) Region is the 25th AWS Region that we've announced globally. It's the sixth AWS Region in Europe, joining existing regions in France, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and the new Region that we recently announced in Sweden. The AWS Europe (Milan) Region will have three Availability Zones and be ready for customers in early 2020.

Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

CES 2018: Pizza Hut to test autonomous delivery vehicle

Computer Weekly

At CES 2018, underway in Las Vegas, Pizza Hut and Toyota announce a partnership to develop an autonomous pizza delivery service

Max Schrems champions NGO to fight for GDPR rights

Computer Weekly

Privacy activist whose legal challenge of Facebook led to the scrapping of the Safe Harbour Agreement says crowdfunding a new type of non-government organisation is essential to deliver privacy rights

Cloud culture calls for flexible networks

Computer Weekly

Cloud-based workloads demand more flexibility, so how can businesses rethink their WAN strategies to accommodate this

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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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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

Five Ways To Plan For B2B Journey Mapping Success

Forrester's Customer Insights

Journey mapping can be an energizing and eye-opening exercise in customer empathy. As advisors to B2B CX and Marketing Leaders in the Forrester Leadership Boards (FLB), we come along on many journey mapping “journeys”. The most common question we receive from executives is, “How do I ensure the journey mapping process is actionable and aligned […]. age of the customer B2B B2B marketing customer experience measurement customer journey mapping employee journey

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Health sector digitisation vital to combat mental health crisis

Computer Weekly

Collaboration and digitisation within the health industry is critical to deal with the growing mental health crisis, but more support is needed from policymakers

Call for entries: 2018 Building Team Awards

Eric D. Brown

Building Design+Construction's Building Team Awards recognize newly built (opened or occupied January 1, 2017 or later) projects that best exemplify the collaboration between owner, architect, engineer, and contractor to produce buildings that exhibit architectural and construction excellence.

The #1 Reason Why Digital Transformations Fail

Social, Agile and Transformation

Harvard Business Review just published why so many high profile digital transformations fail highlighting some of the difficulties several high profile programs. They reviewed digital transformations from GE, P&G, and Nike and suggest several lessons learned: "No managers should view digital — or any other major technological innovation — as their sure salvation." "It It requires foundational.

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Drive Better Decision-Making with Data Storytelling

Embedded Analytics can be the foundation of successful applications, and data storytelling is now critical for business today. It has become pivotal to drive decisions, generate actionable insights, and increase user adoption and stickiness.