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Showtime for Interop ITX 2018
News  |  4/30/2018
Stay tuned for InformationWeek's coverage of evolving technology concepts and IT leadership issues and opportunities throughout next week's Interop ITX conference.
AI and Careers: Predicting Where The Jobs Will Be
News  |  4/30/2018
Experts agree that artificial intelligence and automation will impact jobs -- eliminating many and creating some, too. Here's what a group of experts had to say during a Congressional hearing about just how AI will impact tomorrow's workforce.
Transparency Reshaping the Risk Management Landscape
Commentary  |  4/30/2018
New technologies give consumers and investors informed insights into a company's reputation.
How to Spin Up an AI Flywheel with Data
Commentary  |  4/30/2018
Gather as much data as you can about your customers, optimize metrics to address business questions, and build out your AI-based applications.
Moving Apps to the Cloud Is Painful; These Steps Can Make It Hurt Less
Commentary  |  4/27/2018
Migrating an application to the cloud involves much more than just selecting a cloud provider. It can be done, but think security, connectivity, and things like labor costs.
Has IT Gone Packaged Software Crazy?
News  |  4/26/2018
When it comes to software, why choose out-of-the-box plain vanilla when there's a rainbow of other flavors that you can choose from and swirl together?
Top IT Priority: Cloud. AI, Not So Much
News  |  4/26/2018
IT organizations are focused on the cloud right now with automation and big data analytics also ranking pretty high on their to-do lists. AI, machine learning, and blockchain are down very low on the list of priorities.
AI Challenge: Achieving Artificial Empathy
Commentary  |  4/25/2018
As AI is woven deeper into different types of software and business processes, the success of it, particularly from customer experience and personalization standpoints, depends on its ability to recognize emotion and act accordingly. Will machines be able to achieve artificial empathy? Have they already? Following are some of the challenges and opportunities.
How to Market IT Modernization to Your Business
Commentary  |  4/25/2018
While the rationale for modernizing IT is often apparent, sometimes the messaging and positioning on the part of the IT group is just as important.
The Resilient Leader
News  |  4/24/2018
What is it that enables some IT leaders to fly in the face of stress while others crumble? It's called resilience, and it's a skill, not a talent.
How Cloud Computing Is Impacting Disaster Recovery Planning
Commentary  |  4/24/2018
IT executives know that the cloud is changing everything, but they might forget that they have to update their disaster recovery plan accordingly.
GDPR: A Cost vs. Benefit Analysis
Commentary  |  4/23/2018
It's a mistake for companies to view compliance with GDPR as just a financial burden. There are real benefits to be had in understanding and protecting customer data.
Top Leadership Skills for the Enterprise and Beyond
News  |  4/23/2018
Looking to learn from other people's experience and mistakes to leapfrog ahead in your career? We asked top leadership experts for their wisdom. Here's what they said.
10 Things You Should Know About Deep Learning
Slideshows  |  4/23/2018
This type of machine learning is going to become increasingly important in analytics and enterprise applications.
AI: You Can't Test New Ideas with Old Data
News  |  4/20/2018
How can you apply machine learning and AI to predict the success of a new idea? Will that old data you have work? Here's a different approach.
Managing Online Extortion and Other Tricky Relationships
News  |  4/20/2018
Speakers at the RSA Conference this week shared some advice on how business leaders can deal with hackers who are trying to extort payments from an organization.
Businesses Are on the Cusp of an Automation Revolution
Commentary  |  4/19/2018
The cloud is much more than on-demand computing and storage resources. It is the foundation for a whole new world of exciting and smart ways of doing business.
Culture, Like Technology, Is Changing at a Breakneck Pace
News  |  4/19/2018
If you thought your company culture was good or bad or a static thing within the organization, well, guess again.
Dun & Bradstreet Eyes Blockchain, Machine Learning Projects
News  |  4/19/2018
Data provider Dun & Bradstreet has been providing information to subscribers and customers for 177 years. Now it is exploring Blockchain and machine learning to improve its offerings.
The Boring Truth About High-Value AI Projects
News  |  4/18/2018
McKinsey Global Institute examined hundreds of artificial intelligence use case to figure out the ones that yielded the highest value for organizations. That big-picture vantage point yield one surprising and boring truth about the value of AI.
What Do Modern Analytics Look Like With Agile Deployment?
Commentary  |  4/17/2018
When deploying an analytics initiative throughout an organization it's time to utilize agile concepts.
What Iím Looking Forward to at Interop ITX 2018
Commentary  |  4/17/2018
An IT professionals maps out his tour of Interop ITX, coming up in two weeks.
Protect Your Data Privacy Online: Top Experts Share Personal Stories
News  |  4/16/2018
Nervous about your privacy online? We've asked data and analytics experts how they protect their own privacy. Here's what they said.
Industrial IoT Analytics Get Ready for Prime Time
News  |  4/16/2018
IoT analytics will go from experimental to mainstream in 2018, and a few new vendors are getting into the game. Here's why it makes sense now.
Executives, Beware of Agile!
Commentary  |  4/16/2018
The successful shift to an agile organization isn't just about a mandate from above; management has to embrace agile as a way of doing business.
No More IT Islands
Commentary  |  4/13/2018
IT professionals no longer fit into the buckets of specialization that marketers and HR staffers love.
Talent Shortages Thwart Deep Learning Projects
News  |  4/13/2018
AI may not be widespread in many enterprises yet, but a new survey shows some organizations say that they are already planning deep learning projects.
Why IT Professionals Move to Las Vegas
Commentary  |  4/12/2018
Las Vegas may well become the next high-tech hotbed as more IT talent and related investment flow into the city. On and off The Strip, there are all kinds of opportunities to cash in on digital transformation, from gaming to the maker movement and beyond. You may enjoy life more, too. Here's why.
Three Big Pitfalls for Big-Company CIOs, and What to Do About Them
Commentary  |  4/12/2018
Scale and longevity can be advantages for large enterprises facing competition from startups, but those enterprises need to transform their IT culture, achieve single-speed IT, and jettison inefficient distributed infrastructure.
Get an AI Head Start: Buy It
News  |  4/11/2018
CIOs want to invest in AI projects, but some just aren't ready to build it out themselves. So Oracle and SAP are both offering AI technologies to enterprise customers to get them started.
Technology Faces State-of-Mind Hurdles
News  |  4/11/2018
Cloud and open source advocate Sam Ramji, vice president for product management for the Google Cloud Platform, provides a sneak peek into his Interop ITX keynote.
To Improve Customer Service Robots Enable Humans
Commentary  |  4/11/2018
When it comes to customer service automation, don't think robots can do it all. They need to work in combination with human staffers.
4 Types of Machine Intelligence You Should Know
Commentary  |  4/10/2018
Cognitive computing, AI, machine learning, and deep learning are often used to describe the same thing, when they actually differ. We explain what the differences are so you can better understand how the pieces fit together.
Informatica CEO: Enterprises in 2018 Focus on AI, Data Catalog
News  |  4/10/2018
Data management cloud and enterprise software vendor Informatica has seen a surge in interest for data catalog as organizations grapple with the looming GDPR deadline and data privacy issues. Here's what else the company's CEO sees as big trends in data for 2018.
How to Transition from Being a Cloud 'Rookie' to Aficionado
Commentary  |  4/10/2018
Dabbling in the cloud rather than having a cloud strategy with assigned responsibilities is a step toward disaster.
How Southwest Airlines Chooses Big Impact Analytics Projects
News  |  4/9/2018
Southwest Airlines operates a fleet of 700 aircraft flying 4,000 flights a day. Here's how it uses analytics to manage all the complexity that comes with that.
The State of the Cloud 2018
Commentary  |  4/9/2018
It's time to stop with the excuses and recognize why an organization needs to move to the cloud.
Is the CIO becoming the Chief Customer Officer?
Commentary  |  4/9/2018
How data, subscriptions and new business models are transforming the CIO's relationship with the customer.
Town of Cary Embraces the IoT to Serve Citizens
News  |  4/6/2018
Alexa, Waze, apps. Citizens are getting more tech savvy and city governments are struggling to keep up. North Carolina's Town of Cary has an award-winning strategy, though. We reveal what that is.
Why IT Costs Keep Rising (and How to Resist the Climb)
Commentary  |  4/6/2018
It will take a multi-pronged approach for IT organizations to stop the escalation of IT costs.
Itís About Augmented Intelligence, not Artificial Intelligence
Commentary  |  4/5/2018
The adoption of AI applications isn't about replacing workers but helping workers do their jobs better.
How Nissan Drove Users to Self-Service Data Analytics
News  |  4/5/2018
Nissan NA was about to launch a new data visualization platform across the enterprise and wanted to encourage self-service analytics. Here's how it got users to get in and drive.
Emerging Technologies Remain a Gamble in 2018
Commentary  |  4/5/2018
IT leaders face a tornado of vendor news and business user demands relating to emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, and augmented reality. Those leaders need to put those technologies and the business need in perspective.
In Cyber-Defense, Good Enough is Far Better Than Perfect
Commentary  |  4/4/2018
Agile and DevOps concepts help businesses get the basics of applications to market quickly, and those same concepts can help prepare the military for its challenges.
Leadership: How to Succeed as a New Manager
Commentary  |  4/4/2018
You've spent your career learning about IT -- network troubleshooting, programming languages, and data management. But now they want you to manage a team of people. Here are a few tips to get you started on your new journey.
Ethical Tech: Myth or Reality?
Commentary  |  4/4/2018
Technology innovation is accelerating and so are the impacts of technology on society. As machine intelligence gets baked into more products and services, as more human tasks become automated, and as more industries are disrupted, the tech industry needs to think differently. Here's why.
Tech Trends: Top 8 Priorities for IT
Slideshows  |  4/3/2018
Survey data from The Hackett Group show how IT leaders are supporting the business side of their organizations.
Your First AI Project: Avoid Customer-facing Chatbots
News  |  4/3/2018
Your competitor has a shiny new AI-driven chatbot, so shouldn't you be developing one, too? Not necessarily. Here's why these customer-facing bots may not be the best first project for your AI program, and what you should choose instead.
Five Traits to Look for in a Data Protection Officer
Commentary  |  4/3/2018
It's crucial for a data protection officer -- required under the EU's GDPR -- to have a enterprisewide view of an organization's stored data and how it is used, or not used.
A Cyber Breach Contingency Plan is Not Just the CIO's Responsibility
News  |  4/2/2018
Ask any CIO and they'll likely tell you one of their greatest fears is a data breach, and rightfully so. Having a plan in place for when the worst does happen and knowing there's a team of people to back you up should relieve some of the anxiety.
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