2017

How Artificial Intelligence is Making Big Data Better Than Ever

CTOvision

The concept of Big Data is a relatively new one. It denotes the availability of vast volumes and sources of data, which were not available before. By itself, Big Data is powerful, and when combined with Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, the opportunities presented by this combination are just endless. As big data moves to the […]. Artificial Intelligence Big Data

AI Is Not An Exception – Technology Has Always Taken Jobs

Forrester IT

Yes, AI will take jobs away from many workers - our relatives, friends, and neighbors. So too have all technologies created throughout human history. We invent things to make things easier and the impossible possible. The invention of the wheel made transport easier. Gutenberg's printing press put lots of monk's out of business. The chainsaw saw a reduction in the number of sawyers (lumberjacks). Modern medicine created a sharp decrease in snake oil charlatans.

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What to do if your public cloud is hacked

David Linthicum

It’s never good news when your workloads, data, or both get hacked in a public cloud. Fortunately, it’s something that rarely occurs. But as workloads and data sets on the public clouds become more numerous, such a hack could occur. The best way to recover from an attack, aka a hack, is to remain calm and follow these simple rules. What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains how to move into a cloud career from traditional IT. ].

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Information Risk: Balancing the Good and Bad of Data Analytics

CEB IT

Managers like to talk about the power of data and analysis, and the opportunity it gives them to launch new products and reach new customers. But there’s an opportunity cost to any decision, and the growing sophistication of analytical capabilities also makes it more likely that companies’ and, more importantly, customers’ data can be lost or stolen.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

The impacts on storage and compliance from Blockchain, robots and IoT

Computer Weekly

Vigitrust's Mathieu Gorge reports from Web Summit 2017 on the impact on storage and compliance of biometric security, Blockchain, and robots in internet of things deployments

8 Ways to Build a Better Business Bot

IT Toolbox

The increasing demand for these technological solutions is not a result of blind consumerism, nor is it a case of mindless obsession with AI

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Why You Are Getting Disrupted

Forrester IT

The overriding theme of every disruption story I've ever heard is that firms thought they had more time than they did. So, I've been pondering the why. We can see disruption happening all around us, but why is it so difficult to get out in front of it? Then I slogged my way through Ray Kurzweil's Law Of Accelerating Returns and it hit me. Digital disruption is about the clash between exponential change and our brain's wanting things to be linear. Here is what I mean: Read more Categories: CIO.

Top Trends For Customer Service In 2017: Operations Become Smarter And More Strategic

Forrester IT

In today's world, customers decide how customer-centric a company is. Good customer service should capture the fundamentals of a great experience: ease, effectiveness, and emotion.

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The Business Case For Digital Transformation

Forrester IT

Photo: Rebecca Minkoff. Digital transformation investments are ultimately about business survival through disruption. Such investments have a direct impact on customer expectations and go beyond the traditional ROI. The business case for such disruptive investments is the focus of my upcoming report, Build Your Digital Transformation Business Case Around The Customer And Revenue Growth.

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The Top Emerging Technologies For Digital Predators

Forrester IT

If you've been following my research, you know I like to divide the business world into three categories of company: Digital Predators successfully use emerging digital technologies to gain market share and/or displace traditional incumbent companies (e.g. Amazon, Lyft, Priceline, AirBnB, Netflix). Digital Transformers evolve a traditional business to take advantage of emerging technologies, creating new sources of value for customers and opening up new competitive strategies (e.g.

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

How Your Small Business Can Begin To Use Big Data

CTOvision

While big data can seem like an intimidating term when you are running a small business, it can be a very useful tool to drive your business’s success. Big data, as a term, encompasses many sources of information, some of which you may already use. Big data has many benefits to offer you, from a […]. Big Data CTO News

IBM & Cisco Join Security Forces To Fight Cybercrime And The Competition

Forrester IT

I was lucky enough to be invited to IBM's 3rd annual Security Summit in NYC for about 300 of its customers. IBM used the event to showcase a new IBM and Cisco joint security initiative whereby the two will work to integrate their security solutions to better combat advanced threats. The philosophy of the partnership represents the idea that cyber defenders need to collaborate as well as cybercriminals seem to when it comes to sharing techniques and intelligence.

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Hybrid cloud? Private cloud? Public cloud? Multicloud? How to choose

David Linthicum

My article “ Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud ” has gotten many people seeing red, and I can understand why. Many enterprise IT shops, and most enterprise technology companies, have pledged allegiance to the hybrid cloud model. The intellectual dishonesty of cloud-architecture purists.

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How to Build a Leadership Team that’s Comfortable with Digitization

CEB IT

Only 44% of senior managers report that they understand how digitization applies to their company. These numbers are even bleaker for mid-level (34%) and frontline (31%) managers, according to CEB data. Statistics like these have led CIOs across the world to play a leadership role in preparing the entire company , not just IT, for digital transformation. And this includes equipping other business leaders with the knowledge, skills, and perspective required to make a success of digitization.

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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.

Almost three-quarters of tech workers thinking of leaving UK after Brexit

Computer Weekly

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has many tech workers in the UK considering a move elsewhere

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In The Digital World, CIOs Need To Help The Business Move Faster

Forrester IT

Too many businesses believe that their digital business strategy is actually a roadmap, or a series of IT projects. Being digital is a capability - in your business it impacts the culture, metrics, organization, skills, and finally - the technology. As a CIO, one of the most important roles you'll play is helping to make the business FAST - removing friction points from processes and enabling new capabilities to be developed as required by the customer, partners, and business stakeholders.

The Disruptive Force of Disruption

Forrester IT

Digital disruption is a fairly well understood dynamic: new entrant uses technology in new ways to upend existing business models and disrupt markets. In other words, digital disruption is a distinct force with a distinct life span that is mostly external to traditional markets and businesses. But what if it is more than that? What if it is the canary in the coal mine representing the first signals of a shift in our economy and society?

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Cognitive Search Is The AI Version Of Enterprise Search

Forrester IT

Written by Emily Miller, Senior Research Associate. Stop Wasting Time. More than half (54%) of global information workers are interrupted from their work a few times or more per month to spend time looking for or trying to get access to information, insights, and answers. The problem: Old keyword-based enterprise search engines of the past are obsolete.

eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

The Future of Operations: A Developer

Forrester IT

Infrastructure is increasingly software-based with rapid container growth, composable infrastructure [i] , and of course the consumption of cloud. Additionally, as the velocity of change increases - and will continue to increase - the premise that we can continue to manage these systems with our traditional methods is no longer true.

What Exactly The Heck Are Prescriptive Analytics?

Forrester IT

Prescriptive analytics is about using data and analytics to improve decisions and therefore the effectiveness of actions. Isn't that what all analytics should be about? A hearty "yes" to that because, if analytics does not lead to more informed decisions and more effective actions, then why do it at all? Many wrongly and incompletely define prescriptive analytics as the what comes after predictive analytics.

Welcome to 2017: The year of #DevOps

Forrester IT

We are eager to announce a beacon of light to help penetrate the post-holiday fog: Forrester's DevOps Benchmark Survey for 2017 is officially live! Led by myself and Researcher Elinor Klavens , this benchmark survey serves as the backbone for a large portion of our DevOps research, facilitating the identification and tracking of trends and supporting our research including predictions for the future.

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2018 Goal: Re-position Cybersecurity As An Enabler

CTOvision

As long as cybersecurity is viewed as a pain, it’ll never be integrated into the fabric of an organization. Fortunately, there have been significant advances in cloud-based security services that enable new ways to embed cybersecurity into enterprise services people want. Ever wonder why dentists re-positioned themselves as teeth whitening experts? Answer: no one likes […]. CTO Cyber Security Mobile News cybersecurity

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.

Cloud Security Spending Will Grow To $3.5 Billion By 2021

Forrester IT

Cloud is big business today. Forrester estimates that global cloud services revenues totaled $114 billion in 2016, up from $68 billion just two years ago -- that's annual growth of 30%. And we see the public cloud services market reaching $236 billion by 2020. What does this mean for cloud security? · This rapid shift to the cloud raises new issues and challenges for security and risk professionals. Traditional perimeter-based security tools do little to protect cloud workloads.

Google can read your corporate data. Are you OK with that?

David Linthicum

On Halloween, Google told its Google G Suite users that “this morning, we made a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive, which caused those documents to be automatically blocked. A fix is in place and all users should have full access to their docs.” That misfire reminded everyone that cloud providers have access to all your data. Many people worried that Google was scanning users’ documents in real time to determine if they’re being mean or somehow bad.

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The Skills all IT Professionals Will Need for 2020

CEB IT

Digitization is changing every aspect of a big company , from the way it uses technology to create its products, to the way it markets and sells them to customers, to the way it runs its operations to make all of that happen.

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Citizen Love: the story of an ordinary family's fight with the US government

Computer Weekly

Finnish documentary makers Raimo Uunila and Lauri Danska tell the behind-the-scenes story of activist Lauri Love’s battle with the US government – and the impact of the case on his family

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.

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.

Automation Technologies, Robotics, And Artificial Intelligence In The Workforce

Forrester IT

Last week, McDonald's shares hit an all-time high, bouyed by Wall Street's expectations that investments in automation technologies will drive business value: As part of its "Experience of the Future" initiative, McDonald's announced plans to roll out digital ordering kiosks that will replace cashiers in 2,500 of its locations. The company will also extend its customer self-service efforts, deploying mobile ordering at 14,000 locations.

Victim Blaming Won't Stop Global Ransomware Attacks

Forrester IT

The security industry has an accountability crisis. It's time to talk about it, then fix it. Whenever a massive cyber attack occurs inevitably a chorus of voices rises to blame the victims. WannaCry on 5/12 and Petya on 6/27 yet again kicked off the familiar refrains of: "If users didn't click on stuff they shouldn't… ". "If If they patched they wouldn't be down… ". This is what happens when security isn't a priority… ".

DevOps has reached critical mass, CIOs need to get on board

Forrester IT

DevOps is one of the most powerful weapons that CIOs have in their arsenal. DevOps unites the entire enterprise in delivering business transformation with superior customer experience. Companies like Target , Capital One , Walmart , ING , Nordstrom , Netflix and JetBlue are already reaping the benefits. In order to unlock the promise of DevOps, CIOs must lead the call for cultural change.

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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!