• 10 hot startups targeting today’s key IT initiatives

    CIOs would love to centralize technology purchasing decisions with a handful of strategic partners, but the reality is that incumbent technology providers can't always address all of IT’s needs, especially when it comes to emerging technologies.

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  • This Platform Is Making Management of Apple Devices Easy

    Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.

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  • BrandPost: A Practical Approach to Automating Builds & Containers

    DevOps and automation tools have undoubtedly made life easier for IT teams. But cobbling together several tools that don’t play nicely together can slow teams down and reinforce “Dev” and “Ops” silos, rather than delivering the speed and efficiency that automation promises. Whether you’re deploying traditionally packaged apps or containers, building a seamlessly automated delivery pipeline enables your team to deliver at the rate that consumers have come to expect.

    Our Practical Approach to Automating Builds & Containers is designed to help you do just that, with constructive, real-world advice for simplifying and automating software delivery. There’s also a bonus guide to using Docker in production for those using containers.

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  • The 10 best coding bootcamps

    If you’re looking to beef up your developer teams, don’t discount talent from coding bootcamps. Many bootcamp graduates are eager to make a career change, get back into the workforce after a leave or simply add to their existing coding skills. But how can you gauge the quality of coding bootcamps to ensure you are hiring talent that has the chops to excel? The best measure may come from students and graduates themselves., a review and ranking guide dedicated to providing objective information about bootcamps, has examined thousands of alumni reviews to determine price, location, job support and instructor quality at a wide range of coding bootcamps. has narrowed the list to ten, focusing on bootcamps that offer an online option or are based in the U.S. Here’s our list, along with location, average user review and courses offered so you can be certain your talent is top-notch.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: CIO need to drive the real time enterprise

    Life for the CIO and IT was relatively easy when customers, leaders and colleagues were fine with delays in receiving data, analytics, reports or insights. There was a general understanding that it took time to process data and there was acceptance in the manual efforts it required to produce reports. Leaders got used to looking at yesterday’s or last week’s results. Customers were tolerant to some latency in applications and lived with whatever level of data transparency was exposed to them.

    As CIO, we knew real time analytics was hard to implement and even harder to support the expected service levels. We got skilled at asking the right questions to convince stakeholders that they really didn’t need real time information, and if we were pressed hard, we reminded them of the complexity and the underlying expenses.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: 5 reasons why data-driven innovations fail

    Up to 90 percent of consumer-facing innovations fail in the marketplace with a slightly lower number for B2B products and services. Even Apple is not immune. The Apple Newton, the Apple xServe (anyone remember its rack-based server offering?) or its attempt at colonizing the early WWW with its eWorld online service all show innovation to be a difficult and costly business.

    Causes for data-driven innovation failure can vary from a bad product-market fit at launch to an inability to evolve products and services to meet changing technology and market needs. Throughout the 1990s, Yahoo! was a market leader via its directory-based system for navigating a relatively small web of information. As the WWW grew exponentially, this system no longer worked for users and a new way of efficiently searching for those relevant snippets of information was needed. Directory systems may have worked in an age of relative information scarcity but in an age of information abundance, discovery was what users wanted. Google capitalized on this with its PageRank algorithm and is now a $800 billion company. Yahoo! was sold to Verizon in 2016 for $5 billion, down from a peak market capitalization of $120 billion in 1999.

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  • BrandPost: Transforming Hybrid Cloud’s Theoretical Benefits into Operational Reality

    As growing numbers of companies pursue the benefits that hybrid cloud deployments promise, many have come to realize that the phrase “great in theory, difficult in practice” is not just a cliché. If companies lack the proper systems and support, it’s no simple matter to achieve desired payoffs from the blending of public and private cloud infrastructures, workloads, and data.

    Even so, there are clear incentives for organizations to tackle the hybrid cloud challenge. After all, public cloud services have gained broad acceptance and adoption thanks to their ability to reduce on-site capital and operational expenses and to be rapidly deployed, easily reconfigured, and quickly scaled up or down. For their part, private clouds offer some of the same benefits while giving companies the ability to design, secure, and manage their own dedicated cloud environments.

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  • IDG Contributor Network: How business relationship management maximizes the value of IT

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Hayes and Jim Brusnahan on the topic of business relationship management (BRM). Hayes is the CIO at Prudential’s Group Insurance business unit, and Brusnahan is the Director of IT Business Partners at Johnson Controls. Both of these individuals are extremely knowledgeable and supportive of the BRM as a capability, discipline and role.

    Before highlighting my discussion with Joe and Jim, I’d like to begin by describing the conceptual underpinning of BRM. According to the Business Relationship Management Institute, BRM is (courtesy of the BRM Institute):

    “A BRM capability is designed to stimulate, surface, and shape business demand across all functions (business units, sales, marketing, technology, HR, finance, etc.) and ensure that the potential organizational value from that demand is captured, optimized, and recognized. A strong BRM capability converges cross-functional teams and eliminates value-depleting organizational silos. It strengthens collaboration and drives a culture of creativity, innovation, and shared ownership across the enterprise, so that holistic, innovative, and value-driven strategies are created and deliver their intended business value results.”

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  • Inside NTT Data-Dell Services’ massive technical integration

    Most CIOs who have integrated IT systems in a merger of two large enterprises will tell you they'd rather spend an afternoon getting root canals. The challenge, which some CIOs have likened to changing the engine on an airplane while it's in flight, is to ensure that business doesn't miss a beat amid complex systems integration. After all, the business can't hit pause and employees rely on IT to do their jobs.

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  • 11 red flags to watch for when hiring

    It’s a hiring worst-case scenario: A job candidate aces every aspect of the interview process, but after joining the company, they can’t get the job done. Or perhaps worse, the new coworker is capable but so disruptive the rest of the team suffers.

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