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  • BrandPost: The rubber hits the road with AI implementations

    After years of excitement about the potential of artificial intelligence, the talk has turned to action. Companies around the world are now using AI systems to improve their business processes, enable proactive management of manufacturing facilities, streamline customer relationships and much more.

    Let’s consider a few examples of the creative ways in which the rubber is hitting the road in real-life AI implementations by Dell EMC customers.

    Automating time-consuming tasks

    ZIFF Inc., a Utah-based startup company, is helping companies put AI to work to automate and streamline work that would otherwise be labor-intensive. This innovative company pioneered the development of a groundbreaking AI database for unstructured image, audio and video data. This database arms ZIFF’s customers with built-in indexing, search, training and inference capabilities for the type of data that doesn’t fit into the tidy rows and columns of traditional databases. The ZIFF database anticipates data consumption by automatically building out AI models using the image, audio and video data and metadata fed into it.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: 6 ways to train your internal team to maximize the value of consultants

    Imagine a sporting contest between two teams. One team consists of athletes assembled from various teams but from different sports. The other team is a well-oiled machine that has played multiple games together and has a history of winning. Which team do you think has a better chance of coming out on top? This scenario plays itself out continuously today as companies pit internal personnel who are ill-equipped to effectively manage consultants against consulting firms that manage clients every day. Read more to significantly improve your team’s chances of winning.

    Companies today typically staff major programs with internal talent who spend a majority of their time engaged in the day-to-day operations of the company. Their participation in projects is typically infrequent and usually part-time. Those assigned to the project often return to their normal jobs as soon as the project is over. Companies rarely consider training their teams on how to be effective in extracting value from consultants. Nor do they track results showing if all the value expected was extracted.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 13: Trust Never Sleeps

    CIOs Graeme Thompson and David Chou discuss what it takes to build a reputation as a data-driven organization that customers can trust, and why every business leader needs to understand the importance of data trustworthiness and security.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 12: How Trusted Data Enables a Data-Driven Culture

    Data drives better decision making – but only if everyone across the organization trusts the data enough to use it. CIOs Graeme Thompson and Steven John discuss the secrets to nurturing a data-driven culture.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Approaching government modernization like a 21st century home investment

    The New York Times wrote recently about the “urgency effect” – the way that our minds prioritize items that immediately satisfy our desire to get things done, leaving our larger but seemingly less urgent needs waiting.

    We have a tendency to become comfortable with our surroundings and use quick fixes to mask larger tasks that require more time, energy and often funding to complete.

    Translate that to a government agency’s approach to technology and you might have a looming problem. These legacy system habits and routines have limited operational efficiency and likely put applications and the network at risk.

    The federal government spends roughly 80 percent of its IT budget on operating and maintaining legacy systems, instead of modernizing to enable new types of solutions and programs. In fact, GAO reports show O&M spending on federal IT increased and investment in modernization decreased by $7.3 billion from 2010 to 2017.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 11: How to Execute a Successful Data Strategy

    Data strategy is more than just a data management plan. Here’s how CIOs can scope a data strategy and, importantly, earn support for it across the business.

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  • CIOs need to consider the human side of digital transformation

    With the push for digital transformation, we see a growing need for different IT skills. This is nothing new, but this time it's happening faster.

    Technology and skills evolutions of the past

    Prior to being an analyst, I was in corporate IT and witnessed firsthand the impact technology evolution can have on people. I started my career as a Unix and Windows administrator at a time when 90 percent of the world was working on IBM mainframes.  I was the fourth open systems person hired into a company that had more than 100 mainframe administrators. Within three years, we had almost 200 Windows/Unix people and almost no mainframes — and none of the existing mainframe people made the jump to the new world.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 10: How Data Is Forging a Stronger CIO-CMO Bond

    Informatica CIO Graeme Thompson and CMO Sally Jenkins share their approach to developing a productive partnership – built on a foundation of data – and the lessons for other C-suite leaders.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 9: Baseball and Big Data: Lessons for CIOs

    The Chicago Cubs are using big data to transform all aspects of their business, from improving fan experiences to optimizing operations. Hear what CIOs in any industry can learn from the data-savvy disruptors of America's Pastime. Special guest: Andrew McIntyre, VP Technology, Chicago Cubs.

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  • BrandPost: Ep. 8: Digital Transformation: From Vision to Value

    From strategic vision down to a nitty-gritty roadmap, CIOs need a plan for digital transformation that is geared to create the best environment for the business to succeed. Informatica execs Graeme Thompson and Kevin Fleet discuss the right approach, the challenges, and the ideal end state.

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