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Get your digital transformation initiative off on the right foot by addressing three basic issues right up front.
Missing the transition from legacy integration to using APIs to connect internal systems might prove the difference between business success and failure.
IT is no longer just about keeping the lights on. These days organizations are relying on IT to help deliver a competitive edge through digitization.
Artificial intelligence just might be as much a prevention or cure for job loss as a cause.
Good arguments can be made for use of biometrics in security, but the technology does have is flaws.
Companies that have applied change management to previous business or process changes must acknowledge that the pace and nature of agile means that traditional change management may not be enough.
Just as regulations were needed for the auto industry to mature, regulations like GDPR help data-driven marketing to grow up.
Successful cloud implementations are driven by speed, flexibility and fine-grained resource management. Focus on these drivers, and the savings will accumulate.
IT managers who can adapt their personal styles to the needs of local cultures and employees are best positioned to succeed in the global arena.
A key to your success with AI is building out an infrastructure that will support today's apps but also the workloads and data volumes of the future.
It is clear that artificial intelligence will cause disruption in the workplace, but will it actually lead to mass job losses and discontent?
Lesson learned decades after the dawn of ERP software: Read the fine print, and understand exactly what it means.
IT professionals in the field discuss some of the best practices that help to make DevOps initiatives successful.
One in six people around the globe lack a legal identity, making it almost impossible for them to get real jobs, to vote, and to own property. Blockchain promises to give them proof of identity.
Re-architecting for the cloud is never easy, but following some key steps can result in an optimized strategy that positions your company for cloud migration success.
Countries, as well as companies, are vying for supremacy in the artificial intelligence market.
While it's a challenging and time-consuming process, the creation of an enterprise data warehouse stocked with the right data will ease management, empower the business, and enhance the customer experience.
A company's effort to comply with GDPR don't end on May 25. The work is ongoing, tied to a recognition of privacy as a fundamental right.
C-suite executives can't sit back and wait for the IT team to build out an enterprise strategy for artificial intelligence. Those execs have to get involved right from the start.
How technology and the new workforce are changing the enterprise dynamic.
Credential issuers are collaborating on a common credentialing language that aims to transform the way students, workers, education institutions, and employers describe and share credentialing information.
The ambiguities of the English language present hurdles for initiatives to utilize conversational AI in the corporate world.
IT professionals who get involved in new product development can learn from experts speaking at a 2017 product summit.
Being able to trust an autonomous system goes beyond ensuring that data is accurate; it also calls for understanding the origins of that data.
Gather as much data as you can about your customers, optimize metrics to address business questions, and build out your AI-based applications.
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.
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.
IT executives know that the cloud is changing everything, but they might forget that they have to update their disaster recovery plan accordingly.
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.
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.
When deploying an analytics initiative throughout an organization it's time to utilize agile concepts.
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.
When it comes to customer service automation, don't think robots can do it all. They need to work in combination with human staffers.
Dabbling in the cloud rather than having a cloud strategy with assigned responsibilities is a step toward disaster.
How data, subscriptions and new business models are transforming the CIO’s relationship with the customer.
It will take a multi-pronged approach for IT organizations to stop the escalation of IT costs.
The adoption of AI applications isn't about replacing workers but helping workers do their jobs better.
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.
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.
For those who think that DevOps is a one-off project or simply a set of tools, check out why those and other beliefs are myths.
A key challenge for business and IT leaders is establishing -- and evolving -- a company culture that balances the need for winning with playing by the rules.
Five steps to bring the top financial and technology executives closer together for the good of the company.
While blockchain holds great promise for some applications, companies have to understand the various challenges.
Whether they are making a case to the board for new IT investments or working with find the right technology fit for end users, CIOs have to sell, sell, sell.
While machines represent large capital investments and demand support resources, a company's greatest asset could be the advanced technology that keeps those machines running efficiently
Business leaders need more than technical speak; they need cogent answers to critical business questions.
IT and business leaders can benefit from learning what blockchain means to their organizations and explaining the benefits, and drawbacks
Seven techniques that will help create natural project checkpoints, stakeholder feedback loops, and system adjustments throughout your digital transformation initiative.
An experienced open source expert offers some tips for how to succeed with open source software, starting with an open source project office.
If you are getting started with the cloud or just concerned about security, here are five steps to consider in your security strategy.
Don't lump the various types of AI-based technologies into one basket. There are differences among them, as a look at call center tech highlights.
Like Hollywood and Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley and the tech world must step up to combat entrenched biases.
Project managers don't have to be left out in the cold when a company moves to agile development. Here are some tips for how a project manager can contribute to the company's success.
Employers have to understand that employees -- young and old -- are accustomed to using digital tools as consumers, and they expect their companies to utilize technology concepts such as cloud computing, DevOps and open source software.
Non-traditional technologies shaping the future of business include virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.
Digital transformation may be more about you than about technology.
Organizations implementing the Industrial Internet of Things can't burden data scientists with cleaning up huge volumes of dirty data.
Career advice for computer scientists and IT professionals: Talk to, listen to, and work with your peers in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Data science techniques are getting better, cheaper, and easier to use. Even small and medium sized organizations can now tap these technologies. But, if you fail to properly introduce, support, and integrate data science capabilities, a lot of money can be wasted.
Having a simple, understandable user interface on an application aids user acceptance, and even considerations such as interoperability and security.
Senior executives who have been making hollow promises about embracing data-driven strategies need to be convinced that now is the time for real action. Here are some ways that data professionals can gain the support they need.
If you get the sense that Internet of Things adoption is sluggish, consider that it is going through a normal process.
Traditional IT has to make way for the intelligence-based business model.
Being resilient, particularly in a time of disruption, is a relentless, often fanatical pursuit to be at the forefront of your industry.
Expanding a successful department-level agile initiative across an enterprise requires an agile project approach of its own.
We are heading toward a new digital world where low-code or no-code platforms will enable anyone to assemble applications.
For all of the attention that tools like Siri have generated, we're still only at the dawn of the artificial intelligence revolution.
Update your traditional IT metrics to look across functions and the entire DevOps value chain.
Adoption of DevOps can help organizations comply with GDPR and other privacy standards by building security into software from the start.
About decade after it debuted the DevOps concept has evolved and built up a base of advocates, but it still presents challenges.
The transition from the business world of 2017 to that of 2018 features some shifts in culture across organizations.
Voice recognition technology seems to be taking over the world, but the concept still has a ways to go before it reaches full maturity.
The Internet of Things can drive change in an organization, providing data into a wide range of operational activities. But that change can require integrating that data into the systems used for key decisions.
Some toolchain leaders are emerging, but mind the cultural and other details to successfully implement a DevOps strategy.
The evolution of analytics and machine learning are shaping the industry’s future, mitigating risk, improving business, and helping develop types of policies that individuals and businesses need, even before they know they do.
Healthcare organizations and the patients they serve have to step up to ensure that medical records and devices are secured from hackers.
Always a concern, workplace stress has soared to new levels in the tech sector.
It's no longer about just cutting costs. CIOs must figure out ways to monetize tech including data, and where newer systems like blockchain can fit strategically.
Startups and large enterprises can each benefit from working together, but too many partnerships fall apart or never get started.
As we move into an age of artificial intelligence tech teams have to strive to eliminate bias in their AI apps.
Subscription-based IT services aren't just about saving money; they can help secure your data.
Chatbots have established their place in the home and our personal lives; now watch what they can do in enterprise applications over the next few years.
Developing software that is intuitive and meets user needs calls for a close partnership between a vendor and a couple of key customers.
The traditional approach to IT asset management is flawed and needs to be replaced with a strategy that factors in the reliance on cloud computing and SaaS.
As the popularity of open source grows, it's important to remember that with growth comes complexity and that being involved in open source comes with the mindset that collaboration makes the world a better place.
True innovation often isn't about leveraging a single technology but making good use of multiple technologies in combination.
For companies to unlock cloud computing’s true potential, business leaders need to adopt an agile approach, targeting innovation and business transformation.
These days, enterprises have to track new metrics such as engagement, revenue per user, and the overall customer journey, which involve blending a complex web of data streams into a comprehensive marketing and sales funnel.
Keep an eye on the software arena, as the service mindset, the cloud, agile, and the IIoT drive change.
Unless you can compete on salary with the likes Google and Facebook, fill out your artificial intelligence and machine learning teams using alternative approaches.
Automation in the corporate world isn't on the way, it's here. Now, do it right.
The purpose, tasks, and required skillsets are dramatically different for data scientists and their work in commercial and industrial environments.
US regulators and companies can follow the lead of the EU, with its GDPR, to better protect consumer data while recognizing that the data belongs to the customer, not a company.
As businesses wrestle with the challenges that come with new technologies and concepts such as transformation it's more important than ever that IT and business leaders work as partners.
As machine learning technologies evolve developers in a range of fields are finding innovative ways to solve challenges.
Start an Agile initiative by carefully taking stock of the organization's goals, challenges, and capabilities.
Amazon's announcements at AWS RE:Invent make it highlight an AWS message that serverless is the way to go, which isn't good news for those in operations jobs.
You might not be able to compete with the behemoths, but there are some things you can do to find great talent. Think about partnering with other companies and how multi-disciplinary teams can help fill gaps.
As companies turn to the hybrid cloud to future-proof business and innovate faster, there are some emerging needs that they should address.
Open source software isn't free, whether looked at in terms of hard dollars or in missed opportunities.