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IDG Contributor Network: Do you have what IT takes to be a digital leader?

CIO.com - IT industry - June 19, 2017 - 3:13pm

Disruptive digital technologies are reshaping the business landscape forcing many organizations to reinvent business models, products, and the way they engage with their customers. But not everyone is equal when it comes to digital transformation, according to just one of the key findings from this year’s Harvey Nash/KPMG Survey of nearly 4,500 technology leaders. In fact, less than one out of five (18%) are very effective at using digital technologies to advance their business strategy.

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IDG Contributor Network: Will AI really replace all our jobs?

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 3:10pm

The robots are here — and they need jobs. Are you ready to work with them?

 One study shows that as much as half of the American workforce is at risk of being replaced by robots in the next decade. Another study shows that 6 percent of U.S. jobs definitely will be automated by 2021.

 If you’re in customer service, or you drive a taxi, you’re most at risk of being displaced by artificial intelligence. But trust me, you shouldn’t fear the robots.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: How to employ top tech performers that grow your business

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 3:07pm

With a stated national unemployment rate at 4.4% and plenty of new and upcoming job seekers entering the market, there’s never been a better time to sample some of the biggest and best tech talent in Generations Y and Z. One of the best ways to grow the business and secure the top talent is through effective interviewing. You need to learn more about a candidate to ensure they are a good fit for your business, while also reaching out to them and making them want to work for you. Many people downplay the interview process or fail to understand how important it is. For everyone else, at CIO we’ve put together this guide on how to manage your goals and secure top talent to grow your business.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Having a go at ITIL's flow

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 2:39pm

In ITIL's best practice view of the world, services are thought of in strategy, they’re designed, transitioned and put into operations in a specific lifecycle. This is how services are born and retired, or so it says. Continual service  (CSI) is done in support of all the activities, or is supposed to be done like that. We all know that ITIL is documented common sense, but we know that reality is very different.

You see in many places services, and sub-services, are there for ages. New services can be introduced, but it doesn’t happen that often. What does happen is the replacement of one technology over the other (think about upgrading from one version of Exchange to another). You can say that the service is different since it can bring new technological features, but it, at it’s core, is the same service. Technology comes and technology goes, but the fundamentals of the service should still provide value regardless of the underpinning technologies.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Having a go at ITIL's flow

CIO.com - IT industry - June 19, 2017 - 2:39pm

In ITIL's best practice view of the world, services are thought of in strategy, they’re designed, transitioned and put into operations in a specific lifecycle. This is how services are born and retired, or so it says. Continual service  (CSI) is done in support of all the activities, or is supposed to be done like that. We all know that ITIL is documented common sense, but we know that reality is very different.

You see in many places services, and sub-services, are there for ages. New services can be introduced, but it doesn’t happen that often. What does happen is the replacement of one technology over the other (think about upgrading from one version of Exchange to another). You can say that the service is different since it can bring new technological features, but it, at it’s core, is the same service. Technology comes and technology goes, but the fundamentals of the service should still provide value regardless of the underpinning technologies.

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IDG Contributor Network: 6 things you should know before starting an email newsletter for your business

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 2:32pm

Email newsletters have become a popular way to interact with existing and potential customers. In just one mailing, brands can incorporate all the latest news on their products and services, avoiding the unsubscribes that come from too many individual emails. With the right approach, businesses can also see an increase in conversions thanks to the information they pack into their newsletters.

But what is the right approach? If your business is getting started in this type of marketing, it’s important to plan a strategy in advance to get the most impact from your efforts. Here are a few tips that can help.

1. Use the right tools

There are so many solutions on the market to help brands create and distribute email newsletters, it can feel overwhelming. Each email marketing service has its own pros and cons, but some may be better suited to the needs of your own business than others. If budget is a top concern, conduct careful research to ensure you choose software that will help you create high-quality, professional-looking newsletters. If your communications look amateurish, chances are your customers won’t stick around to read your content.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: The mobile tipping point: Nearly half of consumers buy using smartphones

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 2:28pm

By now, everyone knows that mobile has effectively become the first screen for online experiences. When we are “out in the world” and making plans, the first thing we do when we need something – nearly anything – is to turn to our mobile phones. Want to grab a bite or see a movie? Hail a ride? Reschedule your next meeting? Deal with a needy client? Research that new widget you want to buy? Order cat food while Ubering home?

Whatever it is, the first place you turn to is your phone

And so it goes with commerce. A report from Akamai about the State of Online Retail Performance shows conclusively that we’re at a tipping point when it comes to mobile’s role as a venue for purchasing. The report is a biannual study that aggregates performance metrics for leading retail websites and shares performance metrics from three different perspectives – IT, business and user experience – and explains how they intersect. It looks at third-party scripts and other outside factors that can impact performance and offers some guidance about staying competitive in an era when e-commerce giants like Amazon.com set the performance standard.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Are you transforming fast enough? Lessons from Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 2:25pm

How did you spend your Sunday? Among other things, I took my kids to the grocery to buy produce, meat and other ingredients for our Sunday evening barbecue. Ninety minutes of my precious weekend time driving to the grocery, navigating the parking lot, making my way through the crowded aisles, and waiting for a cashier to ring up my purchase all to make sure that I was getting the freshest ingredients at a reasonable price.

Is that the best customer experience? Amazon is betting a big $13.7 billion that it can take its advantages in technology, supply chain logistics, predictive analytics, and artificial intelligence to invent a modernized grocery that grabs margin from slower, less efficient competitors and potentially expands the market by improving the customer experience. How will they pull this off and how long will it take them?

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Enterprise analytics gives responsible control over data exploration

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 2:13pm

To be "enterprising" is to be eager to undertake or prompt to attempt. To show initiative and be resourceful. These are leadership traits, so to be enterprising is to lead. "Analytics" is how we use data to inform decision making, in the context of achieving business objectives. These are management practices, so analytics is about management.

"Enterprising Analytics" is about being creative, resourceful and adventurous with decision making to achieve business objectives. It is about the set of leadership and management practices that need to be in place for an organization to make the most of it’s analytics investment

Data management is about exploration

Columbus should have known better. Actually, he did know better. But he thought he knew best. The world would have been very different if he had stayed on the map. But, we ask, if he was on a voyage of discovery, there was no map? In cartographic terms this is true. But he had enough knowledge to tell him that the new continent could not have been India.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: CIOs say IT can better back up their organizations

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

In talking with members of the #CIOChat on Twitter recently after British Airways’ major IT systems failure, I wanted to know what CIOs think could be done to better protect organizations from these types of disasters. Chat members started by confirming that it is very hard to quickly bring back up large scale, high volume systems with legacy applications and infrastructure. Isaac Sacolick, former CIO for Greenwich Associates and current CIO.com Contributor, said it is very hard to get “N+1 high availability, geographic redundancy, transaction level data replication plus practice failover and outage scenarios regularly.” With this, CIOs made several concrete suggestions that should be valuable to any organization trying to avoid crippling IT outages.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Balancing the benefits of automation with third party risks

CIO.com - Opinion - June 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

Over the recent months, many services providers have been deploying automation across their service delivery centers to ripe the benefits of a digital labor workforce. At the same time, organizations continue to face numerous third party regulatory requirements across many jurisdictions they must comply with.

The fact of the matter

Although well-implemented automation can drive greater benefits across the organization’s service delivery model, what is the right balance between value and risks in the marketplace?

At this point, the right answer is the one that does not create exposure to an organization’s reputation.

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Categories: Opinion

Mid-range models ring the changes in Top500 supercomputer ranking

CIO.com - News - June 19, 2017 - 12:53pm

With no change at the top of the latest Top500.org supercomputer list, you need to look further down the rankings to see the real story.

Top500.org published the 49th edition of its twice-yearly supercomputer league table on Monday, and once again the Chinese computers 93-petaflop Sunway TaihuLight and 33.9-petaflop Tianhe 2 lead the pack.

An upgrade has doubled the performance of Switzerland's GPU-based Piz Daint to 19.6 petaflops (19.6 quadrillion floating-point operations per second), boosting it from eighth to third place and nudging five other computers down a place. The top U.S. computer, Titan, is now in fourth.

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Categories: Opinion

Mid-range models ring the changes in Top500 supercomputer ranking

CIO.com - News - June 19, 2017 - 12:53pm

With no change at the top of the latest Top500.org supercomputer list, you need to look further down the rankings to see the real story.

Top500.org published the 49th edition of its twice-yearly supercomputer league table on Monday, and once again the Chinese computers 93-petaflop Sunway TaihuLight and 33.9-petaflop Tianhe 2 lead the pack.

An upgrade has doubled the performance of Switzerland's GPU-based Piz Daint to 19.6 petaflops (19.6 quadrillion floating-point operations per second), boosting it from eighth to third place and nudging five other computers down a place. The top U.S. computer, Titan, is now in fourth.

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Categories: Opinion

6 trends shaping IT cloud strategies today

CIO.com - IT industry - June 19, 2017 - 11:00am

Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform their IT practices over the past five years, but experts agree that the market is entering a second wave for public, private and hybrid cloud services.

According to a Forrester Research survey, 38 percent of enterprise decision-makers said they are building private clouds, with 32 percent procuring public cloud services and the remainder planning to implement some form of cloud technology this year. The hybrid cloud is also heating up, with 59 percent of respondents saying they are adopting the model. Fueling this accelerating adoption is the need for enterprises to scale their compute resources to better serve customers, Forrester Research Dave Bartoletti tells CIO.com.

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CIO Quick Takes: How CIOs assess the value of emerging technology

CIO.com - Opinion - June 16, 2017 - 5:07pm

Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” A pithy maxim, to be sure, but one that deserves scrutiny.

After all, emerging technology isn’t conjured up like one of Merlin’s spells. Emerging technology represents a series of potential investments—in pure capital, time and energy—that have massive implications for the enterprise. Whether the discussion revolves around robotics or virtual reality, or what analyst firm IDC dubs "augmented humanity," CIOs have an obligation to keep their eyes to the technological horizon. They must be judicious when assessing the emerging technology landscape, advocating for the smart calls that will help secure their respective organizations’ futures.

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CIO Quick Takes: How CIOs assess the value of emerging technology

CIO.com - IT industry - June 16, 2017 - 5:07pm

Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” A pithy maxim, to be sure, but one that deserves scrutiny.

After all, emerging technology isn’t conjured up like one of Merlin’s spells. Emerging technology represents a series of potential investments—in pure capital, time and energy—that have massive implications for the enterprise. Whether the discussion revolves around robotics or virtual reality, or what analyst firm IDC dubs "augmented humanity," CIOs have an obligation to keep their eyes to the technological horizon. They must be judicious when assessing the emerging technology landscape, advocating for the smart calls that will help secure their respective organizations’ futures.

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IDG Contributor Network: How Nebraska successfully consolidated state IT services

CIO.com - Opinion - June 16, 2017 - 3:22pm
Consolidating government IT services

If you read my post, Municipal shared services agreements for information technology, you know that I am skeptical about consolidation of multiple county and municipal IT operations. Because they are separate, independent business operations, the potential for unintended consequences, political meddling and perverse incentives is enormous. Another core problems is that very few counties or municipalities operate IT shops using widely accepted standards and frameworks for ITSM (Information Technology Service Management).

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: The privacy legacy of Edith Marcus

CIO.com - IT industry - June 16, 2017 - 3:18pm

Edith Marcus passed away recently. You may never have heard of Edith; she was a private person in the best sense of the phrase. While Edith did make use of technology, she was keenly aware of the personal information she shared, who she shared It with, and what others did with the information. For privacy professionals, that is her legacy.

Who was Edith Marcus? Bob Siegel

In full disclosure, Edith Marcus was my cousin and was 92 when she passed. She lived an amazing life from her escape from Nazi Germany as a child with her mother and grandmother to learning English by going to the movies while attending New York City schools to taking part in the birth of the state of Israel to being part of the introduction of computers to a Big 8 accounting firm.

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IDG Contributor Network: The privacy legacy of Edith Marcus

CIO.com - Opinion - June 16, 2017 - 3:18pm

Edith Marcus passed away recently. You may never have heard of Edith; she was a private person in the best sense of the phrase. While Edith did make use of technology, she was keenly aware of the personal information she shared, who she shared It with, and what others did with the information. For privacy professionals, that is her legacy.

Who was Edith Marcus? Bob Siegel

In full disclosure, Edith Marcus was my cousin and was 92 when she passed. She lived an amazing life from her escape from Nazi Germany as a child with her mother and grandmother to learning English by going to the movies while attending New York City schools to taking part in the birth of the state of Israel to being part of the introduction of computers to a Big 8 accounting firm.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: The growing impact of artificial intelligence on workplace collaboration

CIO.com - Opinion - June 16, 2017 - 3:15pm

So Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage these days. AI and machine learning algorithms are increasingly being brought to bear on collaborative business workflows and processes for automation and to enable intelligent conversational experiences. There is a paradigm shift in digital workplace technologies and strategies to make enterprises more conversational and smarter. Such conversational environments require data, content, people, applications and overall technology to be in an intimate contextual flow and persistent.

The incorporation of AI brings us to a new era of intelligent conversational environments and workspaces. We’re seeing a bevy of technology providers respond with sometimes grandiose product announcements, but new products all the same, to address these requirements and play in this space. While some have clearly exaggerated their capabilities, there is significant potential to revolutionize workplace collaboration on the horizon

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Categories: Opinion

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