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IDG Contributor Network: The future of job hunting: More Spotify, less Craigslist

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Nobody looks forward to a job hunt.

Anyone who has ever hit Craigslist or Monster.com knows what fun lies in store: hours upon hours of prowling through hundreds of job listings to find a handful that might be relevant or promising, and hours upon hours of revising resumes and drafting cover letters. Dozens of emails and inquiries that go unreturned, interviews that fall through, and companies that disappoint. A new job hunt is the highlight of everyone’s year—if the rest of the year consists solely of root canals, stubbed toes and breakups.

The process is not much better for the people on the other side of the equation—recruiters—who find themselves on the receiving end of hundreds of resumes and cover letters, only a minority of which will yield remotely suitable candidates. It’s a painful, boring, inefficient slog.

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IDG Contributor Network: 3 fundamental habits of savvy marketers

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:28pm

The last decade has been a fascinating time to conduct business. Although marketing has always been an incredibly fast-paced career, it seems like the rapid advancement and sophistication of internet channels has kicked the job into overdrive.

In fact, a study by Gartner found that companies are now spending more on marketing technology than advertising.

One of the only factors that remains constant is change itself.That being said, it takes a particular mind to grasp the shifting landscapes and guide businesses to the results they need. So what are the characteristics of these marketing minds?

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IDG Contributor Network: Windows 10 S looks like the mainstream future of the platform

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:26pm

Microsoft’s efforts to transition Windows from the type of operating system most at home with a keyboard and mouse to one that can run on a tablet have succeeded. While many users may never leave desktop mode, in part for a lack of app breadth, Windows can create a perfectly satisfactory baseline tablet experience.

Behind the scenes, though, Windows hasn’t been on an even playing field with iOS or Google-branded Android. That’s because each of those operating systems require apps to go through their store (at least as a default for Android). As such, they are able to exert great control over what apps can do and do more to ensure good system performance, stability and security. Microsoft added a store to Windows with the launch of Windows 8 and allowed it to include desktop apps with Windows 10. But, as Apple has found out with its macOS Store, there has been relatively little incentive for developers to distribute via the store and give up 30 percent of the revenue.

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IDG Contributor Network: 7 effective strategies executives use to pick a technology partner

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:24pm

Developing custom software is hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Gone are the days where your company is forced to settle for high priced consultants who delay your project by months, only to be left with a lackluster final product. We interviewed leading global executives to uncover the methods they are using to find their partners.

You may be thinking: “Executives that found a good partner have probably read 100’s of RFP’s”. While RFP’s still play a critical role, the landscape has evolved to much more. New strategies are changing the game for the way vendors are selected. Companies that adopt these seven tactics are finding that they can now consistently produce world class software, on-time and under budget.

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IDG Contributor Network: 7 effective strategies executives use to pick a technology partner

CIO.com - IT industry - May 24, 2017 - 1:24pm

Developing custom software is hard, but it doesn’t need to be.

Gone are the days where your company is forced to settle for high priced consultants who delay your project by months, only to be left with a lackluster final product. We interviewed leading global executives to uncover the methods they are using to find their partners.

You may be thinking: “Executives that found a good partner have probably read 100’s of RFP’s”. While RFP’s still play a critical role, the landscape has evolved to much more. New strategies are changing the game for the way vendors are selected. Companies that adopt these seven tactics are finding that they can now consistently produce world class software, on-time and under budget.

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IDG Contributor Network: What businesses need to know about Google's Fred update

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:18pm

Since March, the marketing industry has been closely tracking a Google algorithm update, nicknamed “Fred” by one company executive. While some businesses haven’t noticed a difference in their search rankings as a result, many others have seen a considerable drop. Businesses that don’t normally pay attention to their rankings should double check to ensure all their sites are still featuring prominently in relevant searches.

Whether your business has noticed a change to your search rankings or not, it’s important to be aware of the latest changes and how they may affect your marketing efforts. Here are a few things every business should know about SEO in the post-Fred era.

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IDG Contributor Network: Increase traffic to your WordPress site with these marketing tips

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:14pm

WordPress powers more than 26 percent of the internet, with businesses across all industries choose it for their website hosting. But even though professionals spend hours choosing the right theme and carefully crafting content to win potential customers, once they’ve pressed the “publish” button, they often aren’t sure what to do next.

Although there’s no shortage of tips related to website marketing, WordPress-hosted sites have their own unique variables. Even if a marketer is proficient in search engine optimization (SEO), it’s important to understand the ins and outs of marketing WordPress sites to make the most of your efforts. There are tools available that can help boost your search ranking with minimal effort on your own part. Here are a few tips that can take your WordPress site to the next level.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 essential gadgets for your 2017 smart home

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:11pm

Technology is rapidly expanding into the realm of artificial intelligence and full automation. Gadgets that were considered items of science fiction mere years ago, have become commonplace. This is no truer than in the development of smart homes.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple are investing billions into developing technology along this vein. There is huge market potential in IoT as consumers change the way they purchase, focussing on automation that simplifies their existence.

With this in mind, let’s look at five smart devices that your smart home couldn’t possibly do without in 2017.

1. Google Home

Google Home is a voice activated smart speaker powered by Google Assistant. It has machine learning capabilities and uses these to learn preferences and recommend actions. It taps in to the power of Google, using Maps, Translate and Search giving you the information you require. In a combination of natural language processing, machine learning and voice recognition software, Google Home accommodates natural interaction and integrates AI seamlessly into your smart home.

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Consumers love to hate the companies that deliver pay TV and broadband

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 12:39pm

Americans still hate their pay TV providers and their ISPs. That’s not just hyperbole. The annual ACSI customer satisfaction survey of thousands of consumers ranks those outfits lower than the other 41 industry segments measured in the survey.

Although wireless carriers also ranked very poorly, they at least improved a bit over last year, possibly because there’s finally some competition in that market, says ACSI founder Claes Fornell. But that’s not the case for the pay TV crowd, which in most cases got even worse over the last 12 months.

“The threat of competition does not appear to be encouraging improvement fast enough for pay TV,” Fornell said in a press release. “Customer service remains abysmal, and viewers are continuing to switch over to streaming services with much higher customer satisfaction.

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New CIO Appointments and Promotions – May 2017

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 11:00am

As we head into the warmer months, the temperature isn’t the only thing heating up. The careers for these newly appointed or promoted CIOs are also on the rise. Congratulations to all!

Fletcher Previn has been promoted to CIO and vice president, information technology with IBM. Previously, Previn served as director, workplace and collaboration solutions.

Procter & Gamble announced Javier Polit as its new CIO. He was previously group CIO for Coca-Cola's Bottling Investments Group and Coca-Cola North America.

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The AI fight is escalating: This is the IT giants' next move

CIO.com - News - May 24, 2017 - 10:07am

Artificial intelligence is where the competition is in IT, with Microsoft and Google both parading powerful, always-available AI tools for the enterprise at their respective developer conferences, Build and I/O, in May. 

It's not just about work: AI software can now play chess, go, and some retro video games better than any human -- and even drive a car better than many of us. These superhuman performances, albeit in narrow fields, are all possible thanks to the application of decades of AI research -- research that is increasingly, as at Build and I/O, making it out of the lab and into the real world.

Meanwhile, the AI-powered voice technologies behind virtual assistants like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon.com's Alexa and Samsung Electronics' Bixby may offer less-than-superhuman performance, but they also require vastly less power than a supercomputer to run. Businesses can dabble on the edges of these, for example developing Alexa "skills" that allow Amazon Echo owners to interact with a company without having to dial its call center, or jump right in, using the various cloud-based speech recognition and text-to-speech "-as-a-service" offerings to develop full-fledged automated call centers of their own.

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The AI fight is escalating: This is the IT giants' next move

CIO.com - News - May 24, 2017 - 10:07am

Artificial intelligence is where the competition is in IT, with Microsoft and Google both parading powerful, always-available AI tools for the enterprise at their respective developer conferences, Build and I/O, in May. 

It's not just about work: AI software can now play chess, go, and some retro video games better than any human -- and even drive a car better than many of us. These superhuman performances, albeit in narrow fields, are all possible thanks to the application of decades of AI research -- research that is increasingly, as at Build and I/O, making it out of the lab and into the real world.

Meanwhile, the AI-powered voice technologies behind virtual assistants like Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, Amazon.com's Alexa and Samsung Electronics' Bixby may offer less-than-superhuman performance, but they also require vastly less power than a supercomputer to run. Businesses can dabble on the edges of these, for example developing Alexa "skills" that allow Amazon Echo owners to interact with a company without having to dial its call center, or jump right in, using the various cloud-based speech recognition and text-to-speech "-as-a-service" offerings to develop full-fledged automated call centers of their own.

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IDG Contributor Network: To stop future ransomware hacks, CIOs first need to 'swat the mosquitoes'

CIO.com - Opinion - May 24, 2017 - 1:38am

Recent coverage of the latest ransomware and phishing attacks makes one thing clear: You’ve got to keep your operating system up to date. But that recommendation, while important, may not get to the root of the problem.

Making sure you’ve got the latest Windows updates prevents the spread of ransomware such as WannaCry, after it’s already infiltrated your company. But it may not prevent you from getting the malicious code on your computer in the first place. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Will Blizzard release Overwatch for the Mac?

CIO.com - Opinion - May 23, 2017 - 10:00pm

I’ve played World of Warcraft for years and years on my Macs, and I’ve always appreciated Blizzard’s longstanding commitment to releasing its games on the Mac. So I was quite unhappy when Blizzard opted not to release Overwatch for macOS.

But some recent comments by a vice president at Blizzard seem to indicate that the company is at least keeping the door open for a Mac release of Overwatch.

Mitchel Broussard reports for MacRumors:

In a new Q&A video from Wired, Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan responded to a list of user questions on Twitter, all centered around the company's popular first-person shooter Overwatch, which is currently available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Ahead of the game's release, the company said that any development on Mac was not in the works and that focus would be on the other platforms.

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IDG Contributor Network: Will AI kill off the data analyst?

CIO.com - Opinion - May 23, 2017 - 6:10pm

The AI revolution is upon us and nowhere does it manifest more powerfully than in the realm of data analytics. Cutting edge developments and innovative new ways to use the immense amount of data generated daily, means that humans are no longer qualified to deal with the quantities of data produced.

The current trend for developers is to integrate AI and cognitive systems into each facet of enterprise, according to David Schubmehl of the International Data Corporation. The research director suggests that in light of the current venture capital boom in AI data analytics, it is pertinent to identify, understand and capitalise on the growth opportunities that AI will impact on the industry.    

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IDG Contributor Network: Risk assessments for local governments and SMBs

CIO.com - Opinion - May 23, 2017 - 2:00pm

Next week, I am scheduled for a semi-annual risk assessment with my dentist. He performs a very specific, highly focused type of risk assessment that is totally worth the $125 it will cost. In addition to performing specialized maintenance (hypersonic cleaning), he will provide a threat assessment (for oral cancer, cavities, periodontal disease and other anomalies). I’ll leave his office confident that my mouth is in a low-risk situation for the next six months as long as I continue to follow best practices and perform daily maintenance procedures. I am only vulnerable to these threats if I fail to follow a daily program of brushing and flossing.

I could always choose to save the small fee for these risk assessments and wait for a major dental disaster to occur. The problem with this approach is that a single incident may cost thousands of dollars if I need a root canal or some other type of procedure. Ten years of checkups are less costly than even a single disaster.

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Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

CIO.com - News - May 23, 2017 - 12:44pm

Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.

Gosling revealed his new employer on his Facebook page with the words: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services."

IDG News Service

On May 22, 2017, James Gosling announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Amazon Web Services.

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Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

CIO.com - News - May 23, 2017 - 12:44pm

Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.

Gosling revealed his new employer on his Facebook page with the words: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services."

IDG News Service

On May 22, 2017, James Gosling announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Amazon Web Services.

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Is Google Assistant better than Siri? | The iPhone Show

CIO.com - Opinion - May 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Google has launched its powerful Assistant for iOS, but it turns out that Siri is just as good – if not better – for iPhone users.
Categories: Opinion

SAP has designs on new government business

CIO.com - News - May 22, 2017 - 10:55pm

Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org, cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.

In a roundabout way, that's made the former Microsoft CEO something of an evangelist for companies like SAP, which has released a new cloud service to help public sector organizations manage their spending.

USAfacts and OpenGov, a young company offering financial reporting, budgeting and publishing tools for the public sector, are stirring interest in ERP tools for government, and that's creating opportunities for SAP to get involved in the sales cycle, according to Darren Koch, SAP's chief product officer for small and medium-size businesses. 

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