• BrandPost: Successful digital transformation isn’t just about technology but having the right principles and culture in place.

    For many enterprises, digital transformation (DX) is fast becoming a reality. IDC predicts that at least 50 percent of global GDP will be digitized by 2021, with growth driven by digitally-enhanced offerings, operations and relationships. IDC expects that, by 2020, 60 percent of all enterprises will have articulated an organization-wide strategy for DX and be in the process of implementing it.

    Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda report corroborates this thinking, placing digital business and digital transformation as the second biggest priority for CIOs after growth and market share. 78% of all CIOs Gartner surveyed report that digital business is making their IT organizations better equipped for change – a figure that rises to 93% at top-performing companies.

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  • BrandPost: Assessing Server Security

    Analysts at Chicago financial firm William Blair believe that Equifax’s costs tied to dealing with last year’s data breach could run between $200 million and $300 million1 – and that figure is after insurance coverage is applied. While this was a particularly high-profile (and costly) breach, it was only one of 1,766 reported worldwide that occurred in 2017, according to Gemalto’s Data Breach Database. And the information harvested in the Equifax incident is just some of the estimated 9.7 billion data records that have been lost or stolen since 2013.2

    It’s no wonder, then, that a recent survey by KPMG revealed that CIOs believe that cybersecurity vulnerability is at an all-time high.3 Compounding this concern is the fact that 82% of the IT decision-makers interviewed for the 2016 report, Hacking the Skills Shortage agreed that they face a shortage of cybersecurity skills when hiring personnel. That combination can keep any CIO up at night; and underscores the growing need for a system that is secure by design.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Delivering future-focused enterprises

    Effective CIOs clearly have a key role to play in building and facilitating future oriented enterprises. Given this, I asked the #CIOChat two telltale questions to determine what they are doing differently. What should CIOs do to ensure their staff do not become just order takers? And how do CIOs and their team’s go about identifying emerging disruptive technologies? Their answers say much about delivering an organization that has the ‘the right to win’ in the digital age.

    Driving a bigger role for their IT

    Our CIOs had a mix of answers to the order taker question. Some said that being an order taker isn’t bad unless it is all an IT organization does. Others perceived the term as altogether negative.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Weather data + business data = optimized risk analysis

    There are a plethora of data sources Chief Information Officers use on a regular basis to analyze risks and rewards. Two common examples are sales data operational data. While analyzing these datasets on their own is a great way to steer your organization in the right direction, you can optimize your analysis even further by combining your data sources with weather data.

    Why is weather data a good dataset to merge with? It helps organizations analyze risk and reward better than almost any other type of external data available since weather impacts almost every business. Businesses often forget about the operational and financial impacts weather conditions can have on their bottom lines. Let’s look at a few common use cases to see how businesses can successfully merge weather data with internal datasets to optimize their analysis and improve overall operations.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Enterprise CIOs should watch how AI and blockchain build the cannabis industry

    The cannabis industry may always be under the microscope. It comes with the territory. That’s why it’s so important to ensure transparency.  US states including Alaska, California, and Colorado have all legalized recreational marijuana and more than 60% of Americans support it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its critics.

    Aside from any moral implications of legalized pot, there are also practical problems that accompany efforts to legalize the drug. Critic warn about potential abuses of a legal marijuana industry for good reason. For these reasons Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain transactions can solve a lot of problems.

    The cannabis industry is quickly evolving from essentially manually run, mall businesses to automated enterprise. Those in it have a chance to create infrastructure and systems freed from the restrictions of legacy systems. Here is why enterprise CIOs should care. IT executives and strategists from other industries can learn valuable lessons about the green-field application of new technologies in cannabis that can be applied to other industries.

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  • BrandPost: Using Blockchain to Build Trust into Federated Analytics

    With the rise of the Internet of Things and the explosive growth in data, organizations are increasingly taking computing and analytics to the data, rather than moving the data to a central location for processing and analysis. To address these challenges, Dell EMC has incubated the concept of federated analytics and started developing the World Wide Herd (WWH) platform to make it feasible.

    So what is federated analytics? Dell Technologies defines federated analytics as “the analysis of dispersed data in-place, as close as possible to the data source, while these local results are shared, fused and further analyzed along their path to other locations, enabling higher order learning at scale.” Federated analytics is very much the way of the future.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: Have you been thinking?

    You have three basic responsibilities to the business: Deliver amazing results today. Deliver even better results tomorrow and prepare for a future that will be filled with uncertainty and change. Where did you invest your time in each of those areas yesterday? How about last week, last month, or last quarter?

    Focusing most of your attention on today and tomorrow is not unusual. Mark Elwood, president of Pace Productivity, Inc., reported that only 2 percent of managers in his studies report any time spent on long-range planning that affects the future.

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  • BrandPost: 4 Tips on Talking Tech to Senior Executives

    Have you ever tried to have a conversation around technology with a senior executive in your organization, and you can’t help but notice that their eyes have seemed to glaze over? Or, have you ever tried to introduce a new IT idea to your CEO and they look at you like you’re speaking Greek? If you have, you may have been engaging in a little too much “Tech Talk.”

    The Key to Talking Tech

    In a group of like-minded IT people, of course, you should feel free to “speak geek” to your heart’s content. But, a lot of IT people tend to have a habit of talking that “tech talk” to the non-IT people in their organization. The key to “talking tech” is knowing when to do it and when not to. Like, for instance, when you’re trying to get buy-in from senior executives who most likely aren’t as technologically savvy as you are, it’s important to put things into their language.

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  • How Stripe empowers female entrepreneurs

    Jae Davis didn’t recognize the client at first. The CEO and founder of Uscout, which helps match creative talent with available workspace, was supposed to show an available property to a client whose profile picture was of a white man. The man standing in front of her was black.

    “I thought I got confused about appointment times, but when I expressed my confusion, he apologized and said he hadn’t been able to get anyone to meet with him using a picture of what he actually looked like —he was using a white man’s picture just so people would respond to his inquiries!” Davis says.

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  • 10 online data analytics bootcamps to boost your career

    Data analytics has become a key operation at organizations of all stripes, making professionals versed in extracting value from data hot commodities on the job market. While most of the buzz surrounds the data scientist role, data analysts remain a vital and growing segment of today’s growing analytics operations.

    Data analysts must understand how to collect, organize and interpret data — and how to effectively communicate vital information to key stakeholders, clients and executives. As businesses collect more data every year, data analysts will remain vital players in the enterprise, surfacing the most useful data points and reducing the clutter that comes with data collection.

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