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With fast-changing markets, fragmented teams, and unprecedented business disruption, how can new work management approaches help leaders maintain productivity on the right work?
IT teams are facing a new normal with the shift to remote work. Here are some key steps they may not be considering (but should) to improve the digital experience.
To create the organizational resilience necessary in this new normal, businesses need to stop thinking of IT teams as just expensive gatekeepers.
Donít adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning without having a real business problem to solve. Here are some ways to help build the right use cases.
Many individuals prefer to collaborate in person. But as a community that has operated remotely since its inception, the open source world can teach us a thing or two to ease the transition.
The lack of women in IT leadership demonstrates the current need for deeper investment in the next generation of women in technology.
In the first real test of AI in a crisis, the results are mixed. While many individual applications are helping, the tech remains immature and unable to address complex public policy issues.
COVID-19 has exposed critical cracks in companies' digital capabilities, forcing CIOs to bolster their resiliency, responsiveness, flexibility, and adaptation.
Though motivations vary based on an organizationís unique needs, there are several key common drivers for moving to the cloud.
Chief information officers who can successfully integrate citizen developers with IT will be able to accelerate digital transformation across their enterprise.
Traditional approaches to cost containment will no longer cut it. Hereís some advice on how to soar past the dark clouds and deploy smart cost management.
While ML can dramatically enhance an organizationís security posture, it is critical to understand some of its challenges when designing security strategies.
One of the biggest mistakes a leader can make is blindly following a prescriptive list of one-size-fits-all tips and solutions for remote work.
Why the role of site reliability engineer is so stressful and what can be done about it.
The sheer scope of AIís impact on society does require some regulation. It will be essential to ensure that AI regulation is fair and ethical while not impeding innovation.
By helping get customers the info they need fast, and freeing up human workers, virtual assistants are now an essential member of any frontline response team.
These digital natives hold the key to not only unlocking but also fast-tracking the global effort in welcoming tomorrowís fully digital world. Hereís why.
Progress is steady, but the technology hasnít matured enough for most enterprises to truly benefit. Hereís what needs to happen.
RPA helps drive productivity and secure competitive advantages by maximizing resources already on hand. Hereís how to effectively deploy it in your business.
Chief information officers face challenges obtaining buy-in to invest in cybersecurity. Yet equating compliance to security is the biggest mistake CISOs are making.
Though many of us may be unfamiliar with the work-from-home lifestyle, our current situation offers a glimpse into the future of work.
These management strategies can help enterprise organizations rein in costs for public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments.
Enterprise automation is not a cause for alarm but a societal imperative. Hereís why.
As firms across all industries seek to turn data, the greatest asset of the digital age, to their advantage, attracting and retaining the right talent is essential.
Is your data protection strategy ready for artificial intelligence? Here are a few things IT leaders and businesses should keep in mind.
Here are some non-traditional ways that IT leaders can fill their open positions and create a more diverse workplace.
More people are needed for blue collar jobs in areas where AI-enabled automation was to have the most impact. So where are the robots?
Why senior IT professionals disclose salary history in the job recruitment process -- despite laws banning the question.
Youíve just been asked to look at a multi-cloud solution. You might put on a brave face for upper management, but deep down you know this isnít going to be easy. Youíre right.
Inside the efforts to keep the quarantined worldís popular internet services running smoothly. -- DataCenter Knowledge
This five-phase approach will help chief information officers and IT leaders maintain continuity of operations during the coronavirus outbreak -- and other critical times.
IT executives can drive successful outcomes for companies looking to expand on their internal technologies by adopting a product management mentality.
Internal integration following a merger or acquisition can result in a range of complexities, but there are technologies that can improve this process.
An obsession with tasks is leading to marginal returns on tech investments. Now is the time to rethink our approaches to machine learning.
IT leaders should reflect on how and why digital transformations fail and tap nonconformists who are not afraid to think outside the box as a start.
These baseline business continuity strategies will help ensure your organization is positioned to keep operations going even as the business environment is up-ended.
Having a well-defined AI strategy and investing in business models that leverage AI and data can help companies become innovative leaders. Where do you stand?
Google is adding new cloud regions at a rapid rate alongside new capabilities that could help grow market share as it takes on rivals Amazon and Microsoft. -- ITPro Today
AI can spot patterns in data and make predictions, and the hope is these tools could identify drug prospects to test on humans within months.
The good news is that the enterprise-level disruptions to the CIO role represent an opportunity to re-examine their positions and make meaningful adjustments -- especially at the mid-market level.
As we move into the 2020s, leaders must self-reflect and focus on how they can improve upon past AI, 5G and other innovation technologies to drive results.
An artificial intelligence center of excellence can ensure AI best practices inform every AI project at your organization.
The 5G rollout is underway. How will this next-generation wireless technology impact you and your organization? -- Network Computing
Here are three technology breakthroughs that are acting as catalysts, along with four core roles of AI that are driving it forward.
Yes, IT leaders and teams can be perceived as a pain in the neck, but donít overlook their superpowers.
Itís impossible to know what the future will bring for DevOps in the cloud, but the areas highlighted here are sure to play a role.
By applying these best practices, you can bring on talent that keeps pace with innovation, shifting customer needs, and new technologies.
Companies looking to truly take advantage of AIís full potential must first address the most common problems that again and again hold the industry back.
But CIOs and IT leaders must also establish an open communication channel to discuss disabilities and accessibility awareness to help reinforce a culture of inclusion.
While the California Consumer Protection Act is a step in the right direction in the war for data privacy, are the hurdles that businesses are forced to jump effective and cost-worthy?
Hereís how Chaos GameDays and its spinoffs can enable enterprises to fortify their infrastructure resilience and detect failures before they occur.
Public policies and commercial norms could constrain our ability to realize the full potential of big data.
With only 10% of SaaS startups succeeding in todayís increasingly digital world, what questions can we ask in order to determine their likelihood of success?
Cost optimization goes beyond an engineering, stand-alone initiative. Here are some questions to ask and best practices to consider that might help you unlock the benefits.
Enterprise organizations need to understand the full evolution of Agile to reap its benefits. Hereís some advice on best ways to implement Agile practices today.
The prospect of performing AI at the edge is still mostly theoretical, but organizations are exploring potential edge computing benefits. -- ITPro Today
The nationís most comprehensive data privacy law has gone into effect and enforcement is just around the corner. Worried about compliance? Follow these guidelines.
Enterprises can benefit in many ways from internal and external data analysis. One of the most obvious is using data analytics to help close your IT teamís skills gap.
Burnout from lack of time off takes a toll on your employees, hampers their productivity and erodes your ability to retain strong IT team members. Nobody wins.
It was widely expected that Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst would be Ginni Rometty's successor. Instead, the job is going to Arvind Krishna -- and that's probably a good thing. Ė ITPro Today
Even the best cloud computing trend must end: Why PaaS, serverless, OpenStack and multicloud have already seen their best days. -- ITPro Today
Differentiate your enterprise by going more in-depth with cloud, leveraging data and analytics, embedding AI, and putting security at the center of the business.
Blockchain technologies will ignite the era of decentralization, where customers own their data and decide how it is used. IT leaders should start to rethink their strategies.
The purpose of adopting a machine-first approach is to bring together diverse technologies including automation, AI and analytics in a holistic way.
Developing practical methodologies requires understanding the different roles that participate in the enterprise data lake. -- ITPro Today
Here are 6 digital innovation technologies and how they could be deployed in various markets. Itís not just about the customers.
The edge will benefit from the developing frameworks -- once the market coalesces around a leading framework. -- IoT World Today
The Agile change bus will continue its journey, but this time with the additions of flow, design thinking, and improved metrics.
The role of IT as just a back-office function within an organization is a thing of the past.
We are witnessing the next wave of software; one that democratizes its use and allows all parts of a business to participate in making it work.
Here are the 10 most important programming languages for machine learning and artificial intelligence. -- IT Pro Today
Try building a public brain. Pull out your Post-its and Sharpies and find a blank wall. Hereís how.
One small step for tech, one giant leap for privacy? It is up to our society to create clear boundaries that will enhance the positive and control the negative.
Despite some imperfections, cloud adoption is the future. Of course, it's important to be mindful of the risks involved with the practice.
As every company becomes a tech company, a major part of this shift means determining which tools will give an edge, and which ones will distract from broader goals.
While cost efficiencies are important milestones, the real value of digital transformation lies in long-term innovation. Hereís how you can get some mileage by making your case.
Here are some areas that may prove key to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) applications within enterprise organizations.
Gen Zís high-tech upbringing will bring a new set of behaviors, expectations, and preferences to the workplace. Hereís some advice for CIOs.
Here are three truths and one lie leaders should know before moving to the cloud.
Here are five key techniques to support and encourage entrepreneurship in your employees -- while simultaneously keeping everyone moving in the right direction.
Skills like communication, observation, empathy and logical thinking are key for developing the next-gen of leadership and equipping employees for the future.
There are legitimate questions about the ethics of employing AI in place of human workers. But what about when thereís a moral imperative to automate?
CIOs, CTOs and hiring managers should apply these four elements when assessing tech candidates.
In 2020, expect to see these trends in technology work together to create solutions to improve how businesses and society work together.
To survive and drive success, businesses need to organize and equip themselves to best deal with the one certainty of 21st century life: Change is a constant.
Understanding how to capture, process, activate, and store the staggering amount of data each vehicle is generating is central to realizing the future of AVs.
Here are five approaches that will help the C-suite and other IT leaders overcome challenges when scaling their teams.
While a move to the cloud can result in operational efficiency for an organization, a successful transformation goes further by reworking customer-facing services and internal processes.
Changes rocked the network community in 2019. Disruption is likely to continue at an even faster pace in 2020.--Network Computing
You canít deploy technology and hope people use it. Adoption requires dedicated effort behind it. Time to unleash your technology cheerleaders.
Innovation creates opportunities, but taking that first step or leap to something new requires guts.
Enterprise organizations will shift from what is being used to how it is being used. Maximizing what is already in place will become the priority
A Gartner analyst suggests kilowatts can be ďthe perfect progress metricĒ for implementation of an enterprise cloud strategy. -- Data Center Knowledge
As the countdown to January continues, itís up to executive teams to ensure their companies are complying and preparing for whatís coming.
Thereís a clear way to fill the ever-growing technical skills gap, and it starts with the hiring managers thinking a bit differently than they have in the past.
Executing a successful digital transformation strategy may be a necessity in the long-run, but can be tricky. A PwC leader sheds light on the subject. -- IT Pro Today
Given all they contribute to todayís digital business landscape, chief data officers have a very real opportunity to become the CEOs of tomorrow.
Thereís no doubt that the pressure is on to transform and innovate. Here are some actions IT and business leaders can take to get the most out of their digital efforts.
ThousandEyes' Cloud Performance Benchmark report reveals weak links in global cloud connectivity that can impact some regions. -- ITPro Today
True DevOps success means being able to extend initial project results to other critical application pipelines throughout the enterprise. Here are five ways to navigate the obstacles.