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  • IDG Contributor Network: What to make of enterprise IT in a digital world?

    We – technology stakeholders, executives, consultancies and analysts –  are wrong about enterprise IT.Since the early days of the internet boom, enterprise IT has been criticized for not being responsive, transparent, flexible, and innovative. We believed that leadership, organization, workforce, culture, and vendors were the culprits. We were convinced that a fix had to do with elevating the CIO role, acquiring new skills, outsourcing tasks, aligning strategies, knowing custome
  • IDG Contributor Network: Bitcoin lessons from the California gold rush

    With bitcoin crossing the $4K mark and the market cap for cryptocurrencies currently residing around $140B, there’s a definite sense of a gold rush in progress much like the dot-com era and the real California gold rush of the 1800s.While parallels with the dot-com era have been well reported, especially related to exploring what phase of the bubble we’re in, there’s been relatively less comparison with the California gold rush. So what can history teach us from the physical go
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    Back to school isn’t just about yellow buses, backpacks and pencils. For colleges as well as the cities and businesses that surround campuses, it means an influx of students and dollars. The fact that just about all of those people will be carrying mobile devices means there’s far more data available than ever before that can help local businesses get a better handle on who’s in town and uncover potential opportunities.When my firm UberMedia evaluated Washington, D.C.’s G
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  • IDG Contributor Network: Your data accessibility problem is costing you $65 million

    Historically, the race for an edge using big data was about piping in as many data feeds as humanly possible and getting access to that data as close to real-time as possible. A lot of time and investment has been spent solving API access and data latency problems.As we dig one level deeper, however, it would appear we’ve focused entirely too much attention on the accumulation and storage of the sea of big data and not nearly enough time ensuring the full accessibility of that data.Accordi
  • IDG Contributor Network: A team or B team?

    As a former product manager, I was curious about whether the concept of A team versus B team existed within IT organizations as well. To facilitate this #CIOChat, I told participants about a person that I met at Apple several years ago. This person’s business card read “Newton Scapegoat”. I obviously asked, “why would someone take on such a title?” The person said that Apple’s A team was spun off as General Magic. For those that do not remember, General Magic
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  • Linium Named to Inc. 5000 List of Nation’s Fastest-Growing Companies

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  • Oracle's Hurd, AT&T's Donovan on their massive cloud migration deal

    If worries about digital transformation projects keep you up at night, imagine how it would feel to be responsible for moving thousands of internal databases to the cloud for a company with more than $160 billion in annual sales and 260,000 employees. That's the job that AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan is undertaking, and he's working with Oracle CEO Mark Hurd to do it. When the companies announced in May that they were working together, Hurd called the agreement "historic." While
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  • IDG Contributor Network: Information security policies every business must implement

    Businesses are often criticized for not having strict policies for information security. However, this criticism is not inaccurate. Important information security practices are often overlooked despite all the major hacks discovered in recent years. It is unfortunate that preventive measures are often adopted only after a crippling incident.It is not only the hacks that threaten businesses throughout the world. Self-propagating malware is perhaps an even greater threat. The release of Etern
  • IDG Contributor Network: High-performing teams: Lessons from the symphony orchestra

    How well are your employees playing together? Are they playing in harmony or are they slightly out of tune?I am an amateur musician (flute, piano and bassoon) and have performed with numerous orchestras and groups. Currently I am the principal bassoonist for the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra. The BSO has more than 60 regular members, most are amateurs like myself. Individuals who have a passion for music. A group that comes together once a week to rehearse and performs five concerts a year. We s
  • IDG Contributor Network: Make your CIO more relevant using business architecture

    According to a Logicalis Global CIO survey[i], the likelihood that CIOs are left out of the IT purchasing decision process has grown every year since 2013 with only 60% of CIOs controlling technology spending in 2016. This trend will most probably continue in the future. Even more troubling, over 60% organizations created at least one new mobile app in 2015 without any IT involvement[ii].Decision making in the enterprise has changed, and it's becoming very complex. The bigger the IT project is,
  • IDG Contributor Network: The business value of data-driven storytelling

    As I talk with executives from around the world, it’s clear that their companies’ data to-do lists are changing. A few years ago, businesses were focused on gathering information — from internal systems, customers, suppliers, etc. But now that those aggregation hurdles have (mostly) been cleared, attention is shifting. Today, business executives are most concerned with this: What’s the best way for us to extract value from the deluge of data we’re collecting every d
  • How IT became business problem solvers at Level 3 Communications

    What does “digital thinking” mean in the telecom industry? How does an IT organization in a company that delivers a complex array of products become a “product organization” itself? How do IT and business operations work together on customer experience? For Atilla Tinic, CIO of Level 3, the answers lie in removing hierarchy, sharing dashboards and getting the company to start thinking “outside-in.”How have you turned IT from a culture of order takers into busi
  • 12 Microsoft Power BI success stories

    Self-service BI is on the rise among forward-thinking organizations, enabling business users to obtain up-to-the-minute business information in graphical form on demand — with little to no IT intervention. Since the release of Microsoft Power BI, organizations around the world have been turning to the cloud-based service for self-service business intelligence tools that allow users to analyze, visualize and share data using the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Here are 12 success
  • Brexit creates supply chain uncertainty

    For organizations operating in the EU, Britain’s pending withdrawal, known as Brexit, may disrupt both physical supply chains as well as the information systems required to manage those supply chains.  Depending on the final Brexit terms, organizations may need to change the way physical goods and information move across British borders.Here's a look at what Brexit means for business and how far-reaching the disruption may be as Britain prepares to extricate itself from the work EU me
  • IDG Contributor Network: NextCon provides CIOs a vision for a better customer experience

    Let’s be honest, it takes a lot to get me excited about traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona. And NEXTCON, put on by Nextiva, is definitely one of the few events where I’m willing to trade in some desperately needed time off, and put it towards continuing education.I’m not alone. Many CIOs head to the desert every year to hear from the leading voices in merging cutting-edge technology with new customer-facing strategies to deliver an exceptional customer experience.This year’
  • BrandPost: FRE Rule 902 Amendments: A Game Changer for Digital Evidence

    Proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 are scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2017. The new rules aim to streamline the admission of electronic evidence to court proceedings. The new rules 902(13) and (14) replace in-person testimony to establish electronic evidence authenticity with a written certification. Under the current version of Rule 902, certain types of documents are already considered self-authenticating and require no evidence of authenticity to be admissible at trial.
  • IDG Contributor Network: Here’s why behavioral analytics is the next generation of business intelligence

    Businesses collect intelligence – immense quantities of it. This statistical information has the potential to help companies gain a market edge, streamline operations and improve profitability. The challenge exists in finding ways to collect a diverse set of data, and then compile it into a format that is actionable.Design theory is one way that companies can better design their reporting dashboards so that everyone, not just those with a PhD, can benefit.But it’s also important
  • IDG Contributor Network: Get your priorities straight before you start applying artificial intelligence in your business solutions

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to put you ahead of your peers in the industry. However, like with many opportunities, you have got to be keen at doing the right things in the right order. On the adoption curve, AI is clearly in the "innovators" stage. The "movers and shakers" at Google, Baidu, Facebook, Nvidea, Qualcomm and other world-class AI organizations are definitely pushing things along but have major strides to make.The pace seems to have slowed down recently, becaus
  • IDG Contributor Network: Is your organization a top performer?

    As companies move from merely enabling Internet technologies to deeper, more comprehensive digital transformations, it looked for a while like the point person in such efforts was going to be a new C-level title: the chief digital officer.CDOs were charged with leading a company’s business from analog to digital, bringing in general management skills as well as deep knowledge about digital technologies. They were hailed as “transformers in chief” and CEOs-in-waiting. But accord
  • IDG Contributor Network: Navigating the brave new world of decentralized IT

    As economic and competitive pressures push organizations toward more rapid product and service delivery, the ways organizations engage with technology – and the people who support it – are changing. According to a recent report by CompTIA, Considering the New IT Buyer, 46 percent of U.S. workforce professionals say that who pays for new technology depends on the tool in question, signalling greater autonomy by line of business (LOB) managers to equip their teams with the right soluti
  • IDG Contributor Network: How to harness the power of shadow IT

    CIOs today face a unique HR-related challenge: Not only to recruit and retain the best possible talent, but also to deal with the technological expectations of an entire organization’s employees, when some of those employees were born in an era before color televisions, while others have grown up with smartphones and laptops as staples of daily life.The modern workforce is comprised of five generations, from near-retirement Traditionalists born in the 1940s to the young adults of Generatio
  • IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

    With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and benchmark against peers in their industry. The key questions are how to assess this maturity, what are the key pillars and elements of maturity, and which capabilities are new and different compared to business as usual.Digital transformation is a broad subject that requires competency across strategy and vision, people and culture, process and governanc
  • IDG Contributor Network: 7 things startups need to know about cybersecurity

    It’s hard to imagine any business that doesn’t use any form of technology these days. The problem is, any computing infrastructure or equipment can be exposed to various methods of cyberattacks. Just last May, the WannaCry ransomware affected more than 10,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries. The attack caused stoppages in critical services and operations such as the UK’s National Health Service and several of Renault’s automotive manufacturing plants
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  • BrandPost: Optimize Your Network for Today’s Needs—and Tomorrow’s

    There may be nothing more critical for your organization than a solid networking infrastructure. It's the backbone supporting your daily tasks, as well as the facilitator of efficient communication and collaboration - in one office or across multiple locations. If you're like many organizations today, however, you may have found that your network traffic has evolved faster than your networking infrastructure. So how do you create a secure, reliable network that's ready to tackle today's demands?
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    Organizations with a global presence face multiple challenges when attempting to streamline their international procurement. Managing the “4 pillars" of global procurement - people, process, technology, and supply chain - is crucial for ensuring a global approach to standardizing technology infrastructure for the enterprise.For example, logistics must be carefully managed to ensure consistent delivery of required technologies to each location. But customs inspections, missing paperwork, an
  • BrandPost: Repealing the ACA

    Over the past decade, we have made significant progress in the advancement of technologies and the tools developed to help transform our Nation's healthcare ecosystem.The HITECH Act accelerated the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) through the federal EHR incentive program, Meaningful Use. As a result, we now have digitized health information systems that allow information exchange by capturing structured data in discreet and standardized formats.However, there is still a long way to g
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    Quick survey: how many hours a day are you connected to a wireless network in one form or another? If your phone is a constant partner, that's as much as 16 hours right there. Sending texts to coworkers, viewing email, checking the weather - maybe playing that new app you installed “for your kids" - it just goes to show you how much mobility has reshaped the way we live and work. But it's far from done.In one survey, 69% of IT leaders believe mobility will impact organizations in the futur
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    The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a library of volumes describing a framework of best practices for delivering IT services. The ITIL has gone through several revisions in its history and currently comprises five books, each covering various processes and stages of the IT service lifecycle. The ITIL, currently ITIL v3, focuses on business and IT integration, and ITIL certifications can be earned at five levels. ITIL’s systematic approach to IT service management can help
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    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems weave together software and services from disparate departments into a cohesive, collaborative whole. Companies rely on ERP systems to keep their business operations running smoothly. Without ERP implementations to coordinate purchases, customer orders, financial transactions and beyond, modern business would take a significant step back in efficiency.But the integrated nature of ERP systems makes them tricky to maintain and update. Many ERP systems are
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    Service providers constantly face the challenge of meeting increasing customer demands, including providing efficient, flexible solutions, while maintaining a low total cost of ownership (TCO).  Implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure platform that combines containers, VMs, and storage is one solution that early adopters are using to quickly and efficiently increase performance and add direct value to their customers and their bottom line.Caravan Aero, for example, specializes in provi
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    Many companies do business in the EU without having a physical business presence there. These companies have been able to collect, process, and protect their customers’ personal information with little regard for the various EU privacy laws. As of May 2018, this changes with the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).What is GDPR?
    Since 1995 the EU has had a directive in place requiring member states to enact laws to protect personal information. The directive provide
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    Having wrinkles in a USB stick is certainly not great. But here’s some good news: Dry cleaners are taking care of it and remove them from your clothes before processing your laundry. To strike a more serious note, a study conducted by internet security firm ESET in the United Kingdom has revealed that 22,266 USB sticks and 973 cell phones are among the various gold nuggets found by dry cleaners in dirty laundry each year. However, a staggering 45 percent of the devices never make it back t
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    While the development of the internet of things has revolutionized heavy industry, online shopping, localized data collection and virtually every other aspect of modern life and business, innovators are still struggling over the future of the IoT, and how they’ll get there. While many see big data as the driving engine behind the IoT, savvy investors and entrepreneurs have shown that the real power behind the interconnectivity phenomenon is artificial intelligence.Tapping into the potentia
  • IDG Contributor Network: 4 steps toward building a productive IT culture

    I had the pleasure of being introduced to Frank Wander through a mutual friend. As our discussion began, I learned that he was a former turnaround CIO, author of the book Transforming IT Culture and the CEO and founder ofPeopleProductive LLC. Given the nature of my column, I thought he would be a perfect person to interview and share his thoughts with you. I was right!We discussed the key role that organizational culture plays on IT productivity, success and its impact on the business it serves.
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    In the digital era, data is pervasive. For many organizations, the amount of data they collect has become a major problem. Others struggle to identify what data will be most helpful for them to gather. Big data, while revolutionary, has created a glut of information leaving companies trying to figure out how to structure it to generate actionable insights. Business Intelligence is at the core of any kind of long-term business strategy, because it helps make sense of the data. When utilized, data
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    As a CIO or a project manager you are a master of change to the point where, by now, it's probably like a sixth sense.This was certainly how I felt. Change management had become so much a part of my daily routine that I had almost habitualised the process. I had a cast iron grip on the intended business outcomes and benefits of all the projects in my portfolio but "actioning" change had become as natural as breathing.However, something that had slipped off my radar and it took some end-user feed

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