• IDG Contributor Network: Wrap it up and put a bow on it

    It is December.  You are running out of time to get things done this year.  You are probably engaged in a flurry of activities to wrap things up in advance of all your non-IT counterparts scattering to the winds for the holidays.  So, in about two weeks, you and your IT team are going to be able to take a breath.  I hope.If you find yourself in that situation, there are probably a thousand things you can do.  Here are my ideas for what to do during this brief respite:You
  • IDG Contributor Network: Is it the end of coding in the enterprise?

    Coding has never been a particularly desirable or efficient exercise within enterprise organizations. Most of the executive team has little idea what developers actually do, and, truth be told, they don’t really want to be in the business of producing software in the first place.Still, enterprise leaders have had little choice — they needed software to run their businesses, and there was a limit to what they could purchase off-the-shelf. As a result, there has been a constant see-saw
  • IDG Contributor Network: Businesses of all sizes have a lot to learn from the startup world

    The top business headlines of 2017 sent a clear message to executives around the world: innovate better, faster and more efficiently or get left behind. Many retailers watched as the Amazon and Walmart storm closed in, blockchain trickled into unexpected industries, and driverless cars sent shockwaves through the traditional automotive space, just to name a few examples.This level of disruption demonstrates the nature of our hyper-competitive business environment today. It also begs the question
  • IDG Contributor Network: Why 2018 will be the year of mobile data measurement and insights

    As a CEO of a bustling mobile tech firm, it’s my job to balance day-to-day responsibilities with the need to step back and observe, to spot the signs of important trends that affect our business. It isn’t difficult to spot one trend I believe will define 2018 for the mobile location data space: measurement. In my estimation, next year will be the year of mobile location-based measurement and insights.Let me explain. Businesses, particularly advertisers and marketers, have employed da
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  • IDG Contributor Network: GDPR: prepare your ERP system

    The 25th of December will carry extra significance this year, with the day marking five months until the European Union’s (EU) new data regulations come into force.While we are not recommending that those who process and manage data spend their Christmas locked up in a room devising a plan of how their business is going to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it is of utmost importance that you consider how your organisation is going to meet the requirements sooner rather
  • IDG Contributor Network: IT modernization becoming a major growth driver in IT services

    An emerging trend I refer to as IT modernization is garnering significant enterprise IT projects. The last time businesses saw a similar strategy take place was in the shift from mainframes to client-server environments. Here’s my take on the landscape for this new IT strategy along with the implications for services.The strategy begins with segmenting workloads into that part of IT that can and should be modernized and putting the rest of it in cold storage because, at this point, it does
  • IDG Contributor Network: With great power comes great responsibility

    History will someday document this era as the Silicon Valley gold rush. Consider the fact that very few of the 49ers made their mark by striking gold. Rather, those creating the infrastructure, materials (Levi’s jeans!) or services for the thousands flocking to the state minted the foundations for society and culture.Almost two centuries later, that’s what we’re doing here today, in tech. We’re creating incredible opportunities and successes by developing the ecosystem. I
  • New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

    Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
    instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.
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  • IDG Contributor Network: Guilty of millennial profiling: all of us

    Stop searching the Internet for secrets about “millennials,” and instead get to know the individuals within all these labeled groups.
  • To innovate, look outside your industry

    Craig Richardville, chief information and analytics officer (CIAO) of Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the largest healthcare systems in the country, has been a force of innovation for many years. His IT organization has been winning awards for technology innovation since the early 2000s, and Richardville has received CIO of the Year awards from the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and Healthcare Information and Management S
  • 20 ways to rekindle your passion for IT

    It creeps up slowly and then, suddenly, overwhelms its victim: the feeling that IT has become just another job, not a driving passion.For Alan Zucker, the moment arrived over a decade ago, shortly after he left his job at MCI Communications. "We were innovative and implemented new products every few months to take customers and revenue from AT&T and the Baby Bells," he recalls. "The culture was entrepreneurial and empowering; it was a great place to work."Zucker's next job, a director at a l
  • BrandPost: The Role of Risk Management and Governance in Intelligent Automation

    Intelligent Automation (IA) is rapidly transforming the way organizations handle everything from finance and accounting to operations and human resources. Basic Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and enhanced process solutions such as artificial intelligence (AI) unlock the potential to do things faster, better, and cheaper relative to what used to be — and these technologies have become fairly easy to obtain and deploy, with quick ROI, according to Martin Sokalski, Principal, Emerging Tech
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  • BrandPost: Data Security Needs to be Re-Imagined for the Cloud

    Data is growing in size, with IDC predicting 163 Zettabytes of data by 2025, and also in complexity. The rise of open-source software, DevOps, and NoSQL databases has created a new generation of developers empowered to choose the right tool for the job across an ever more heterogeneous technology stack. Companies are not just migrating to the cloud, but are embracing multiple public and private clouds — choosing carefully where these applications run in order to best utilize thos
  • IDG Contributor Network: Who in the C-suite owns emerging technology?

    Digital transformation may seem like a glimpse into the future as we start implementing artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robots, but companies have been driving toward this cloud-enabled, data-driven future for nearly 10 years. The technologies we’re implementing may be new, but the problems transformation creates in the organization are not.Take the clash in the c-suite over who owns emerging technology, and who’s responsible for it. The answer is never easy, and I’ve
  • IDG Contributor Network: Enterprise service management: what’s in a name?

    I admit I don’t remember much from the English literature classes I’ve taken, but somehow the quote from Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, has always stayed at the top of my mind. “What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”Working in an IT environment where things are constantly evolving, and frameworks or new software pop up like mushrooms, I believe that the way we name solutions and tools sometimes matters more than
  • IDG Contributor Network: Purging overused buzzwords from the lexicon

    Business has always been plagued by jargon and buzzwords, and they’re everywhere. Utility compute morphed into the “cloud” today. We ask people if they have “bandwidth” as if they’re a network device. Consultants want us to “think outside the box” so that we “push the envelope” to create “cutting-edge” solutions. I mean, who wants to hire someone when they can “leverage” an existing employee instead? Why not open
  • IDG Contributor Network: 4 pitfalls to avoid when defining IT’s mission in the digital age

    As we forge ahead in the digital age, IT departments are starting to make up the majority of most organizations’ investment, operations, and risk. Thus, the term “IT is the business” has taken hold. Therefore, the further along your organization overall is on its digital journey, the more the IT mission should resemble the overall organization’s mission. In fact, taken to its logical extreme, the best practice would be to repeat the organization’s mission as IT&rsqu
  • 2017's biggest tech mergers and acquisitions

    The biggest tech mergers and acquisitions of 2017Image by Peter Sayer/IDGOne of the most talked-about acquisitions of the year, a $78 billion takeover of Accenture by Oracle, turned out to be nothing more than rumor, roundly dismissed by Oracle.To read this article in full, please click here
  • IDG Contributor Network: CIO 2020: Greater collaboration, and an end to control-based security

    In “The CIO should report to the CISO,” contributor Richard Stiennon suggests organizational structures should be changed such that the CIO reports to the CISO, instead of the current scenario where the CISO reports either to the CIO, or sometimes directly to the CEO.This approach, however, will not increase the security posture of a company. Security typically is, or has been, “control based,” and simply flipping the reporting structure isn’t going to change anythi
  • IDG Contributor Network: Holiday greetings: some assembly required

     “Some assembly required”– These are a parent’s three most dreaded words on Christmas morning. But believe me, the business equivalent of that phrase is even worse to hear during an ERP implementation.I’m sure this situation is familiar to you: Parents buy a present for their daughter, but fail to notice the “some assembly required” printing on the package until Christmas morning. When their daughter looks at them with teary eyes because the ro
  • IDG Contributor Network: Are you digitally transforming?

    Digital transformation has clearly moved into the mainstream for the majority of companies, with analysts reporting that most corporations are pushing to complete their “wave 1” projects within the next year (“70% of corporations will complete their first wave of digital transformation projects” – Gartner). Case studies published by the major cloud providers highlight some intriguing transformational customers. Effective use of IoT (actually, IoME) by Sensoria
  • IDG Contributor Network: Data enrichment – a force multiplier in a big data environment

    As you have probably heard or read, IBM’s Marketing Cloud recently published that “90% of world’s data today has been created in the last two years alone.” Growing daily at 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, this number will only explode over the next few years.This may seem impressive, but much of it is simply raw data. Nonetheless, you may point out that with all this data we are advancing technology, improving outcomes, enriching lives and making better decisions. Th
  • BrandPost: Addressing Network Complexity

    Imagine creating and orchestrating 1 million containers—in less than two minutes. That’s a whole new dimension of IP management issues. Almost all organizations depend on IP-based devices to ensure worker productivity. But few, if any, workers remain in one fixed location for their entire employment—many may move several times within a year. This causes immense complexity in managing the movement of devices, and the inevitable address conflicts and limitations. And it
  • Blockchain pilots show big-business promise

    Blockchain, the complex technology that supports bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, is poised for a move into mainstream business.A growing number of industries and at least three national governments are conducting pilots or, in a few cases, actual deployments of blockchain applications. Early use cases are aimed at harnessing the technology to improve supply chain management and food safety, verify identities, conduct real estate transactions, and handle medical records and insurance transac
  • Salesforce Lightning vs Classic: What you need to know now

    What is Salesforce Lightning?
    More than just a new, more modern-looking skin, it’s a completely different UI for Salesforce.com (SFDC), it really is mobile ready (if not yet mobile optimized) and it really has completely different technical underpinnings than SFDC’s Classic UI and VisualForce. SFDC’s engineers have put a ton of thought and hundreds of man-years of development effort into the user experience, technical infrastructure, APIs, tools and documentation (both the &ldq
  • IDG Contributor Network: 4 predictions for health care IT 2018: steady as she goes

    In my final post for the year, I look at what’s ahead in 2018 for health care IT. As I write this, questions remain on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After having failed twice in its efforts on an outright repeal of the ACA, the current administration is coming at it through tax reform. The proposed new tax policy will remove the individual mandate, and will almost certainly target entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid in their efforts to close the budget deficits arisin
  • IDG Contributor Network: Do you have what it takes to be a successful CIO?

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chairing the 2017 Future CIO Summit in Boston.  I was joined by many successful CIOs as they participated in keynotes, presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions on assorted set of topics. Most related to the leadership challenges of being a CIO.  It was an enlightening few days.   There were a few reoccurring attributes mentioned that exemplified the qualities needed to be a successful CIO&n
  • IDG Contributor Network: Using analytics to identify and predict patients’ physical health needs

     Recently, Dr. Lauren Jarmusz (PT, DPT) and I interviewed Dr. Krishnaj Gourab (MD). Krishnaj is the co-founder of ReHAP; a startup that provides clinical decision support for rehabilitation therapy service (physical and occupational therapy). Dr. Gourab and his co-founder, John Adamovich, MHA were awarded the Louis B. Thalheimer Fund for Translational Research and Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) Grant for developing ReHAP.Dr. Gourab is an assistant professor of physical medicine and re
  • The 8 biggest IT management mistakes

    Everybody makes mistakes. Most are harmless, some are embarrassing but forgivable, and some can take your career — or your company — down with them.Some of the most common IT gaffes include becoming trapped in a relationship with a vendor you can't shake loose, hiring or promoting the wrong people, and hiding problems from top management until it's too late to recover.When you're in charge of enterprise technology, the risks are much higher and the fallout from mistakes can be much w
  • 7-Eleven digital transformation ushers in new era of convenience

    Seeking to strengthen consumer loyalty, 7-Eleven has launched a chatbot and a new rewards app, and is experimenting with other emerging technologies such as drones, biometrics and peer-to-peer payments. If the initiatives work as intended, they will help the chain redefine convenience for the 55 million consumers who visit any of the chain's 63,000 stores worldwide daily, says 7-Eleven Chief Digital Officer and CIO Gurmeet Singh.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)
  • BrandPost: Planning for Digital Transformation Success

    Many CIOs are still in a fog when it comes to cloud computing, yet the digital enterprise is the future and the direction most are going. Gartner estimates that less than one-third of enterprises have a cloud strategy set in place, but as Gigabit LTE and 5G approach — and wireless takes the networking reigns — most enterprises may need to cut the cord for specific applications. CIOs simply can’t take full advantage of the cloud with old-fashioned networking technology.To read t
  • IDG Contributor Network: Why CIOs need to upgrade their arsenals to keep up with the digital revolution

    [This article was co-authored by Daniel Cable]The digital revolution is deeply affecting the way we live, consume, work and interact with one another. Not only do companies have to revamp their operating models and adopt to a changing market environment; CIOs must also upgrade their arsenals and come up with new strategies, tactics and tools that help them build a purposeful digital enterprise. The need for a transformation is not an option — it’s an inevitable requirement for busine
  • IDG Contributor Network: You won’t clean all that data, so let AI clean it for you

    Don’t cheat and Google the answer to this question:How many zeros are in a zettabyte?A zettabyte is one sextillion bytes and one of them is a tenth of all data created each year. Picture the number 10 followed by 21 zeros. If that sounds like an unnecessary factoid, you would be forgiven.The reason you should care is that market intelligence firm IDC says that by 2025 we will create 180 zettabytes of data annually. This massive acceleration of data creation means that all the enterprise ef
  • Now is the time for an IT workforce checkup

    New technologies are emerging all the time, and CIOs must understand the capabilities needed to meet the needs of “New IT” and the right blend of humans and machines to deliver those capabilities. They must also know the skills and competencies needed to shape a strong workforce fit to support the organization as it evolves.To determine whether a workforce is fit for the future, IT leaders need to evaluate the organization’s maturity level across seven dimensions (see below). B
  • IDG Contributor Network: Could a digital identity network prevent the next Equifax-like breach?

    MC: What is ID.me? And, where did you get the idea from? Blake Hall: ID.me is a digital identity network, which allows people to prove they are who they say they are. Essentially, once an individual has verified their legal identity or any other identity card -- whether it's healthcare providers data card or student status or military status -- that credential is then tied to a single sign-on that is portable across different websites, where people can authorize information that has already been
  • Diversity in tech: New GAO report raises issue no one wants to address

    A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report details the lack of racial diversity among technology firms, particularly among black employees, according to a recent article from The Hill.The report, commissioned by U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), is one of the few government studies on the topic, but it does reinforce other research illustrating homogeneity in the tech workforce.To read this article in full, please click here
  • The real reason you’re failing at PCI DSS compliance

    For nine years, Verizon has released its annual Payment Security Report about the state of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. For nine years, the pattern has remained the same: Many companies don't comply with the standard, and many companies that do comply fall out of compliance not long after their audit. IT organizations don't struggle with PCI DSS compliance due to a lack of knowledge or technology; the problem is proficiency."Proficiency is the main theme," s
  • Shadow IT: How today’s CIOs grapple with unsanctioned tech

    One of the biggest threats to enterprises isn't a hacker halfway across the world hoping to score valuable data to sell on the black market. And it isn't a disgruntled former employee looking to do the same. It isn't even a rogue nation-state perpetrator looking to disrupt big business. It's shadow IT.Broadly defined, shadow IT includes "investment in acquiring, developing and/or operating IT solutions outside the formal control of a formal IT organization," wrote Gartner analyst Simon Mingay in
  • BrandPost: 3 Steps to Increase the Value of Data Investments

    Most IT and business leaders would acknowledge that there is untapped value in the explosive volume of data their organizations collect. But they often struggle to navigate the complexity and perceived expense of leveraging their assets to achieve business objectives. IT leadership is further challenged in its efforts to articulate to senior management the need for investment in a data strategy.CIOs play a key role in effectively connecting the divergent disciplines within the enterprise to alig
  • IDG Contributor Network: 5 things J. S. Bach can teach you about information security

    J.S. Bach’s sublime “Fugue in C-sharp-minor,” from Book One of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (BWV 849) was published in 1722. It has five voices and three subjects, so it is a triple fugue. Let’s take a look at what Bach and his excellent work can teach us about building a rock-solid information security program.1. Keep it simple
    The slow and stately four-note subject is simple but pregnant with possibility. Through each iteration and each addition of a new component, the p
  • IDG Contributor Network: Leading change from the front or behind

    Organizations that can change “at will” have the opportunity to survive what Geoffrey Moore describes in his book “Zone to Win” as waves of digital disruption. But what is the CIOs role in realizing change. Are CIOs active change agents or simply change enablers or change followers. To understand this, I took the pulse of the #CIOChat last week.CIO perceptions of change management
    I started by asking whether CIOs see change management as being about driving business chang
  • IDG Contributor Network: Best practices for a secure and trustworthy container platform strategy

    Containers have and will continue to disrupt software development and distribution. Containers enable software to be easily deployed across environments by forcing a consistency in the software’s development and operating environment. This, in turn, makes it easier for developers to build and deploy their code, and also restricts the number of production issues arising from differences in the operating and development environments. Container technology has a direct impact on the agility of
  • IDG Contributor Network: IoT and connected device lifecycle management

    For more than a decade the mobile industry has focused on the management of handheld devices and computing. Fast forward to today and we are experiencing real discussions around IoT device lifecycle management.What happens to the repair, maintenance, insurance, warranty, replacement and end of life services that need to be provided for the billions of connected devices being managed globally, and who will be responsible for providing those services?When thinking about connected devices, let
  • IDG Contributor Network: The AI mindset: designing the workforce of the future

    With AI today, we are on the precipice of something big. Salesforce announced its Einstein AI, IBM and Salesforce announced a landmark AI partnership for business and Forrester predicts that businesses using AI will steal $1.2 trillion per annum from their less informed peers by 2020. These are signals of what’s to come in the near future.To read this article in full, please click here
  • BrandPost: Demo: Moving Data Between Clouds with the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform

    Hey everyone! I’m back in the “demonstration saddle” again to showcase how easy it is to replicate data from one cloud to another.Data friction abounds, and there are few places that feel as much data friction as cloud migration projects. Getting data into the cloud can be a challenge, and adding security concerns can make it seem almost impossible. DataOps practices can ensure that data friction doesn’t prevent you from leveraging the cloud.I recorded this vide
  • Skills and salaries for today’s top IT executive roles

    Skills and salaries for today’s top IT executive rolesImage by ThinkstockThere are countless roles that fall under the umbrella of IT executive management and it seems each year there’s a new role to fit a new need. With the rise of data, analytics and software services, businesses are stocking up on IT executives to help manage daily technology operations.To read this article in full, please click here
  • 7 critical skills for managing remote workers

    Remote and flexible work opportunities are quickly becoming a differentiator for attracting and retaining top tech talent. But remote workers face unique challenges that on-site colleagues don’t, according to a new study from authors and social scientists Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, including unequal treatment and gossip, according to the study.The study, which surveyed 1,153 employees, found the following troubling trends for remote workers:52 percent of remote employees&n
  • BrandPost: Managing the Multi-Cloud Environment: Understanding the Options

    As diverse requirements and the accelerated pace of innovation orchestrate a shift to multi-cloud, management of the environment becomes a complex exercise. In fact, many organizations struggle to achieve end-to-end visibility across an increasingly disparate landscape.The reason? Most IT organizations stick with the status quo and manage their complex multi-cloud environments using the native tools and services from each cloud provider. While those tools are designed to support a specific cloud
  • IDG Contributor Network: How digital is fueling a more dynamic B2B commerce world

    More than a hundred years ago, Sears, Roebuck & Company shook up the retail industry with its innovative catalog system. By mailing catalogs to consumers and shipping products from a centralized warehouse, Sears quickly built a loyal customer base.But Sears didn’t sit on its laurels. The company then executed another industry-changing move by opening the first retail department stores in suburbs across the nation.Today’s B2B industry is experiencing a similar seismic shift. Digit
  • IDG Contributor Network: How sports clubs can use data to secure their futures

    Data analytics are widely used in sport “on the field” to improve performance and boost results. A Formula 1 car can take hairpin bends at breath-taking speeds thanks to the analysis of data collected from sensors. Data generated by the positioning of rugby players in scrums influences coaching and play strategies. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has collected and studied data from cameras worn by athletes during the World Athletics Championships, to opt

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