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IDG Contributor Network: Fresh insights on the information age and cybersecurity

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 7:20pm

In June, I attended the TIA Connectivity Jam in Dallas, where I participated as a panel moderator and table ambassador on the topic of cybersecurity. The discussions were engaging and informative, and they introduced new ways of addressing the future of IoT, 5G, smart cities, data management, our workforce and more. Here, I share some fresh insights from the event related to the big-picture question of where the information age is taking us, along with the pressing challenge of securing our networks.

A five-category method for identifying industry leaders

I was fascinated and enlightened by the "Information Age" keynote delivered by Southern Methodist University professor Dr. Shervani, who offered a forward-thinking approach to understanding companies and identifying industry leaders in the information age.

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 reasons why innovation and technology pilots often don’t succeed

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 6:50pm

Disruption from new technologies and new business models fundamentally changes companies’ competitive positioning. Most CEOs and boards of directors today recognize their business is at risk if they don’t change, as disruptive competitors will gain ascendency over them. Because they recognize the power of disruptive technologies and the need to change, many invest in pilots to determine whether a technology can create the desired performance outcome. Unfortunately, pilots rarely deliver real value. Furthermore, look at Amazon, GE and other firms that successfully incorporate disruptive technologies into their business model, and you’ll realize they don’t use pilots to drive change. Why not?

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 reasons why innovation and technology pilots often don’t succeed

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 6:50pm

Disruption from new technologies and new business models fundamentally changes companies’ competitive positioning. Most CEOs and boards of directors today recognize their business is at risk if they don’t change, as disruptive competitors will gain ascendency over them. Because they recognize the power of disruptive technologies and the need to change, many invest in pilots to determine whether a technology can create the desired performance outcome. Unfortunately, pilots rarely deliver real value. Furthermore, look at Amazon, GE and other firms that successfully incorporate disruptive technologies into their business model, and you’ll realize they don’t use pilots to drive change. Why not?

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IDG Contributor Network: Technology addiction is a new language – do you know what it says?

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 6:43pm

I recently sat down to chat with Abinash Tripathy, CEO and founder of Helpshift, with the ostensible purpose of discussing customer service and machine learning. But our chat took an interesting turn when he mentioned his daughter’s technological fluency. Tripathy traced the ways in which she and her friends interact with their devices to the emotional response that he remembers accompanying the early days of messaging. His conclusion: technology addiction has formed an entire language, one that the coming generations are completely fluent in.

How the AOL slamming door started a full-blown addiction

In the late 1990s kids learned two new signifiers, the creaking door noise notifying an AOL user that a friend came online and the slammed door when a friend left. This may have been the earliest example of awareness indicators – signals that your conversation partner is present or not.

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IDG Contributor Network: Technology addiction is a new language – do you know what it says?

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 6:43pm

I recently sat down to chat with Abinash Tripathy, CEO and founder of Helpshift, with the ostensible purpose of discussing customer service and machine learning. But our chat took an interesting turn when he mentioned his daughter’s technological fluency. Tripathy traced the ways in which she and her friends interact with their devices to the emotional response that he remembers accompanying the early days of messaging. His conclusion: technology addiction has formed an entire language, one that the coming generations are completely fluent in.

How the AOL slamming door started a full-blown addiction

In the late 1990s kids learned two new signifiers, the creaking door noise notifying an AOL user that a friend came online and the slammed door when a friend left. This may have been the earliest example of awareness indicators – signals that your conversation partner is present or not.

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An inside look at today’s top tech employers

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 11:00am

In a tight IT talent market, companies that treat their employees well maintain a competitive edge. By keeping their tech talent engaged, motivated and, yes, well-compensated, companies that focus on employee well-being attract and retain top talent at greater rates.

But you don’t have to be a Google or Facebook to attract and retain the best. A recent research survey from PayScale, “Tech Companies Compared: Salaries, Tenure and Corporate Culture,” reveals surprising insights into the workplace, hiring and retention habits of 52 top tech companies, providing CIOs and IT leaders an inside look at how to effectively attract and retain tech talent.

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An inside look at today’s top tech employers

CIO.com - IT industry - August 1, 2017 - 11:00am

In a tight IT talent market, companies that treat their employees well maintain a competitive edge. By keeping their tech talent engaged, motivated and, yes, well-compensated, companies that focus on employee well-being attract and retain top talent at greater rates.

But you don’t have to be a Google or Facebook to attract and retain the best. A recent research survey from PayScale, “Tech Companies Compared: Salaries, Tenure and Corporate Culture,” reveals surprising insights into the workplace, hiring and retention habits of 52 top tech companies, providing CIOs and IT leaders an inside look at how to effectively attract and retain tech talent.

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IDG Contributor Network: Data governance in the world of “data everywhere”

CIO.com - IT industry - July 31, 2017 - 12:55pm

In the world of “data everywhere”, Data Governance is becoming even more important.  Organizations that develop a data warehouse ‘single source of truth’ need data governance to ensure that a Standard Business Language (SBL) is developed and agreed to, and the various sources of data are integrated with consistent and reliable definitions and business rules.  Decisions around who can use what data and validations that the data being used and how it’s used meets regulatory and compliance requirements are important.

As the enterprise data management solutions grow and broaden, incorporating Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Master Data Management (MDM), increasing use of external data, real time data solutions, data lakes, cloud, etc. Data Governance is even more important.  While there may be value in having data, if it’s not accurate, no-one can use it and it isn’t managed, then the value of the data, wherever it resides, diminishes greatly.

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IDG Contributor Network: Here’s how companies can reach post-millennials through blogging

CIO.com - IT industry - July 31, 2017 - 12:51pm

Today’s young adults missed the blogging boom, with many of them opting to share their thoughts through photos, videos, and short status updates. For businesses, however, blogging is an essential way to keep fresh content on their websites, ensuring they rank well in the search results that often send customers their way.

But those born between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s are a serious force in the retail landscape. Also known as Generation Z and centennials, post-millennials currently occupy our nation’s high schools and colleges, soon to follow millennials into the workplace. For the retailers who have been chasing the $65 billion in yearly buying power that millennials bring, this means it’s time to shift focus. How do entrepreneurs reach out to a generation that spends more leisure time on apps like Snapchat and Instagram than conducting Google searches on a computer?

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IDG Contributor Network: How CIOs can avoid the next ransomware attack

CIO.com - IT industry - July 31, 2017 - 12:49pm

No question about it, ransomware is on the rise, and the majority of enterprises remain vulnerable to inbound phish emails that often are the originators of ransomware attacks.

One recent ransomware outbreak, Petya, appears to have originated in the Ukraine. Like WannaCry before it, once it has infected a computer it attempts to spread through local area networks. But according to the Romanian national CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) Petya’s initial point of entry is often a phishing email that contains a Trojan-horse document which, if opened, will infect the target computer. “Initial infection of systems is achieved through documents attached to phishing email messages that users are urged to open,” according to the Romanian publication Business Review.

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IDG Contributor Network: Technology-led innovation in digital health: The law of inverse relationships

CIO.com - IT industry - July 28, 2017 - 1:07pm

While researching for my upcoming book, I asked the nationally recognized CIO of a health system what he thought of the market for emerging technologies such as AI, cognitive, blockchain and digital health solutions in healthcare. His response was: The teacher is ready, but the student is not.

What he meant was that the technology vendor community is developing innovative solutions at a faster rate than the ability of the healthcare sector to adopt it.

It’s no secret that healthcare IT is a couple of steps behind other sectors such as banking and retailing. I have been keenly noting the seeming contrasts in the outlook for healthcare IT when I speak with healthcare industry executives and technology providers.

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IDG Contributor Network: Taming the Tower of Babel: A radical idea for coping with collaboration tool overload

CIO.com - IT industry - July 28, 2017 - 12:51pm

The Tower of Babel is a euphemism for the Biblical curse placed on the citizens of Babel for believing that mere mortals could actually construct a physical stairway to heaven. For those not familiar with the story, God punished the Tower workers by replacing their common language with multiple tongues, making it impossible for them to work collaboratively. The curse brought the Tower construction project to a screeching halt.

The Tower of Babel is an apt analogy for the problems created by the proliferation of collaboration tools in many modern enterprises. Although employee collaboration is obviously beneficial to daily business operations, the proliferation of disparate texting, note taking, document sharing, task prioritization, file management, audio conferencing, workflow management, video conferencing and project management tools can actually undermine the collaborative work practices such tools were designed to enable. 

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IDG Contributor Network: What's new with ISO/IEC 20000?

CIO.com - IT industry - July 27, 2017 - 4:07pm

Is there anything more exasperating than dealing with a service organization that has failed to implement even the most basic process and quality control tools? Not in my book. Those pesky critters who ate my broccoli and Brussels sprouts this summer are a distant second to IT service providers that fail to deliver uniformly high-quality services for a reasonable price.

The 1980s-style MIS (management information systems) is still with us, and no makeover will make it more attractive. What can you do?

Reengineer and reinvent, of course. But you don’t need to do it all by yourself. One of the simplest ways to reinvent your IT service organization is to use ISO 20000 as a foundation.

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IDG Contributor Network: Will predictive AI finally solve the multi-billion-dollar downtime problem?

CIO.com - IT industry - July 27, 2017 - 3:45pm

Downtime for today’s large, complex businesses means more than a simple inconvenience. The cost of interruptions, especially when workers are prevented from completing tasks due to out-of-service infrastructure, can be huge. A Gartner study calledThe Cost of Downtime” suggests that a large company may actually lose as much as $540,000 per hour from a preventable technical failure.

For service companies, that means providing equipment upkeep and repairs in a timely and effective way to reduce unplanned maintenance. The challenge is that a technician on a call may not always possess sufficient knowledge, or have the right tools and parts on hand, to expedite unplanned service. Service companies simply don’t have the inventory to enable every technician to carry every part that might fail. So what could have been a simple repair taking minutes becomes a dragged out affair? That’s downtime in a nutshell – and globally it’s a $647 billion a year problem.

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IDG Contributor Network: Develop a decision framework for enterprise chatbots and conversational experiences

CIO.com - IT industry - July 27, 2017 - 2:59pm

In speaking with enterprise business leaders in a wide range of organizations, the number one priority has been and still is improving and delivering a better customer experience. This is at the center of all business strategies. In fact, if it is not, I dare to say, you do not have a real people-centric business strategy. So it’s no surprise that we are now witnessing the synergistic rise of artificial intelligence and AI-enabled chatbots to provide conversational experiences for users and customers. Enterprise chatbots have to be implemented with the primary purpose of providing conversational experiences for internal users and customers.

Enterprise chatbots are critical for digital workplace transformation. They can access status and workflow data, perform tasks automatically, respond to text or voice commands, plan and schedule interactions, and contextualize events within internal and external business processes. Business and IT leaders need to act now to optimize how people access and share information for better business outcomes.

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How global media companies handle digital disruption

CIO.com - IT industry - July 26, 2017 - 4:18pm

In 1925, a bespectacled Scottish engineer named John Logie Baird strode up the entranceway to the Daily Express in London. The year before, Baird had used sundry items, ranging from a bicycle lamp to a used tea chest, to fashion a crude device he dubbed a “televisor.” In his laboratory, the “televisor” managed to successfully transmit a flickering image of objects in outline over a distance of 10 feet.

Further breakthroughs followed. On Oct. 2 1925, Baird transmitted the world’s first grayscale image at five frames per second, that of a garish ventriloquist head dummy nicknamed “Stooky Bill.” Immediately afterwards, Baird fetched a young office worker named William Edward Taynton, who became the subject for the first televised image of a human face in full tonal range.

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IDG Contributor Network: Step aside venture capital: Corporates are stepping up to the plate

CIO.com - IT industry - July 26, 2017 - 2:19pm

I started my career in the height of the dot-com boom. My first job was to pitch for the redevelopment of the FTSE.com website. I remember submitting a two-page proposal, detailing next to nothing, and summarising with a price tag of £1m. A price tag which was roughly £900,000 overpriced.

Looking back, it was a pretty irresponsible time. And not one I’m particularly proud of. Especially as FTSE became a client.

There’s plenty of talk of whether today is a repeat of that time.

We’re seeing "unicorns" (companies valued over $1 billon) popping up daily. Building profits is now secondary to building revenues. And building revenues doesn’t seem that important either.

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Mingis on Tech: Why companies are turning to 2-in-1s

CIO.com - IT industry - July 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Your next corporate computer may not be a traditional computer at all: it may well be a tablet or a hybrid laptop/tablet combo. Here's why.

IDG Contributor Network: Splunk’s CIO on DevOps, APIs and the evolving role of IT

CIO.com - IT industry - July 25, 2017 - 11:14am

The role of IT has evolved from a centralized delivery model to IT as a service, where IT-owned capabilities are being offered as a service throughout the business to drive new levels of agility. One CIO embracing the changing role is Declan Morris of Splunk, which enables organizations to turn massive streams of data into operational intelligence. (Disclosure: Splunk is a customer of my employer, MuleSoft.)

In this Q&A, Declan explains how Splunk’s IT team is driving value across the organization and partnering with the business to deliver on unified vision focused on customers and growth. Recalling his experiences at Splunk and Adobe – where he was on the original team that helped launch Adobe Creative Cloud – Declan shares best practices around how CIOs can take advantage of the technology trends impacting every industry and how CIOs can help pivot to new business models when needed. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Harvard PhD Andy Yen provides tips to governments on cybersecurity protections

CIO.com - IT industry - July 21, 2017 - 1:50pm

Recently, I asked Harvard PhD and ProtonMail co-founder and CEO Andy Yen his thoughts on how to prevent government cybersecurity attacks. A physicist and economist by training, Andy was part of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, where his research focused on searches for supersymmetric particles. He is translating his experience in large-scale computing to build the infrastructure that is used to run ProtonMail. With two colleagues, Wei Sun and Jason Stockman, he co-founded ProtonMail, an encrypted email startup based in Geneva, Switzerland, that seeks to make secure email accessible. The group aims to advance internet security and protect online privacy rights by making it possible for everyone to incorporate encryption into their everyday communication. Check out Andy’s TED talk on email privacy. See his thoughts below:

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