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When implementing open source software, look beyond the license terms to understand who is driving change on the software.
It's time for IT leaders to recognize that the IT group is crucial to their companies' future growth and success, and to let the business know that IT is there to help.
Both individual employees and their employers need to take action to prepare for a future where people increasingly work alongside machines.
The promise of AI is real, but the potential dangers are also just as real. In the end countermeasures will alleviate the dangers.
We may be at a point in the evolution of machine learning tools where formal education in the field is no longer necessary.
Businesses across all sectors have to improve their efforts to drive greater diversity in their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforces.
It is up to enterprise organizations, not just academia, to maintain artificial intelligence's momentum when it comes to innovation and adoption.
Artificial intelligence can accomplish a lot in the banking sector, and the CEO who doesn't embrace AI could be looking at the end of their career.
The enterprise of the future will win or lose based on the experience they provide their end users and their own employees and partners.
To set up your engineering team for success make sure you employ the fundamentals that companies too often neglect.
Yes, even as CMOs expand their control over marketing technology, there remains a role for IT in the process.
The US may be at peak employment now, but there's an uncertain future for jobs.
Empathy makes someone a better employee, and we also need to build empathy into our artificial intelligence applications.
AI is a hot term in every industry, but donít be a company that just blindly hires a group of data scientists who end up frustrated and unproductive.
A new encryption-focused law in Australia highlights the need for all parties to come together to identify a solution that protects privacy, e-commerce, and people and institutions.
IT can't be the "bureau of NO" but has to be a partner with the business units.
Authors of the book Driving IT Innovation advise companies to act now, and not to stand by and wait for DevOps to be a fully mature IT concept.
It's time for organizations to consider a new executive role, one that helps to ensure that the right technologies and non-tech initiatives improve productivity.
Think through your customer and supplier relationships, as well as your operational efficiency to identify the best areas for artificial intelligence.
Learn how to avoid the security and scalability concerns that come with blockchain.
5G wonít just be an improvement over 4G. It will be an entirely new form of connectivity. But will retailers be ready?
Forward-thinking enterprises are delivering business and infrastructure optimization with intelligent automation and looking now to business transformation.
New technologies promise business results, but rollouts can be risky. Hereís how CIOs can reduce adoption risk, close skill gaps and keep teams happy.
Where is your data when you need it? Edge computing offers an alternative to processing all data in the cloud or the data center.
The emerging data-hungry and data-generating technologies demand two types of data governance: security, and the need for holistic, enterprise-wide governance, rather than governance on a silo-by-silo basis.
There isnít much you can do to stop AI surveillanceís encroachment on your life, but you can equip yourself with better understanding and more appropriate skills and behaviors.
The CIOís role isnít just about technology enablement these days; itís customer-facing, and it requires leadership, innovation, and strategic use of data.
After 60 years, it's time to reexamine how we label and think about information technology, and to give the profession a fresh start.
Understand how three key elements are crucial to the success of an automation project.
Combatting the misconceptions surrounding cloud computing requires continuous exploration of new opportunities emerging today because of ongoing cloud technology innovations.
Machine vision will endow computers with the capacity to understand images in a human-like way. This will bring significant changes to advertising.
With a wave of intelligent automation on the horizon, now is the time for enterprises to invest in the talent they need to build a workforce for the future.
Organizations embarking on a digital transformation utilizing Agile concepts should give close consideration to these principles and the accompanying Do's and Don'ts.
As companies increasingly bring automation to the supply chain, it's important for employers and employees to work together to make their workplace safer, more efficient, and more beneficial to humans than ever before.
A technology CEO shares his thoughts on what to consider when you are building an internal innovation hub.
Things could change next election time, putting truth and democracy at grave risk.
A more fair and safe society, as well as better products and services, can be enabled if the data science industry makes a commitment to hiring and cultivating diverse talent.
A good way to help your organization embrace new technology is something that has been a prominent entity at user group meetings for decades.
Remember three key techniques to be more effective in telling IT's story to audiences such as line managers and top executives.
The hiring of a data protection officer is a key element of compliance with GDPR, but it's also an opportunity to differentiate your company.
All industries can learn from the retail sector's work with artificial intelligence, and explore how AI can define product and service offerings while also improving the customer experience.
The massive amount of sensitive data being processed by SaaS applications requires new approaches to security, including cloud-based next generation firewalls.
A new approach to data governance is needed in the age of big data, when data is scattered throughout the enterprise in many formats, and coming from many sources.
If the modern Hippocratic Oath states, ďI will respect the privacy of my patients,Ē shouldnít that statement extend to protecting patient data?
For all the talk about the burden that privacy regulations might place on businesses, it turns out that those regulations actually can help companies leverage their data.
Predictive maintenance solutions powered by digital twins help to precisely monitor equipment health and timely recognize potential anomalies. However, there are some limitations to the deployment.
Companies across every industry will need to become more nimble and responsive to remain competitive in todayís fast changing marketplace.
The CIO's role is evolving into one that is more business focused, and it's a new generation of tech tools that enables that shift.
The key to innovating with conversational technologies is understanding what consumers will expect from voice technology.
With the rapid changes in technology it can be crucial for IT professionals to pursue continuing education opportunities.
How do we maintain the human touch in a world of systems designed to fake it?
So, do you know which human emotions cause developers to commit more errors, or generate more code?
CIOs and their IT departments serve a critical, strategic role in the compliance process as the US implements a new revenue recognition standard.
A look at how a day of special forces-style training delivered benefits in the technology realm.
Veterans Day is an appropriate time to remember that the millions of US vets represent a talented tech workforce. At the same time, maybe there's a second way to help close the tech talent gap.
Solid planning and effective execution of that plan can help an IT transformation set the stage for a new era of enterprise success.
Now is the time for companies to transition to a SaaS model, if they havenít already done so.
It's time for organizations to look inward to ensure that their privacy policies build trust with customers while enhancing the customer experience.
To really find success in business, let curiosity lead you and never stop learning.
It's time for companies to adopt modern approaches to software, like SaaS, and that means embracing change and abandoning "we've always done it this way."
Despite the proliferation of new technology tools for customer service centers, efficiency is falling. What to do?
With so many organizations competing for AI and machine learning talent, an OpsRamp executive shares his thoughts on the questions to ask candidates.
To make your tech budget go further, break out of the status quo and focus on where tech investments will be most effective.
It is critical for businesses to design a framework in which their digital workforce will thrive, while pairing it with smart change management and governance approaches.
As a concept, DevOps is designed to help with risk management, but when you're launching a DevOps initiative, risk management techniques come in handy.
Building a great workforce starts with leadership's understanding of how to help employees buy into what the organization is trying to accomplish, beyond completing day-to-day tasks.
Proactive relationship management with early customers is critical to the success of growing start-up companies.
The data team structure that your company has used for a few years needs to turn its focus to results and putting analytics tools in the hands of business units.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning already are having an impact in a sector that concerns all of us, healthcare.
The growing reliance on AI and machine learning in the coming decades can have a negative impact on many jobs while raising new social issues. Yet, businesses can minimize those impacts.
Continued broad development of AI technologies and concepts require new approaches to collaboration between industry organizations and academia.
In the emerging, AI-powered workplace, there's plenty of work to be done, some suited for machines and some suited for humans.
Face recognition can be a valuable tool that makes our lives easier and safer, but it has to be done right.
You might be surprised to learn that the driving force in growth of the Internet economy isn't the number of buyers, but the number of sellers.
IT executives, with their view into technology's potential, are leading key innovation efforts, and it looks like more of their peers will do the same.
When it's time to preserve company data and communications relating to pending legal matters, the IT and legal groups have to work together.
The growing importance and complexity of IT mean that the CIO needs a seat at the table when it comes to driving innovation.
In a post-GDPR world, IT and business leaders face unprecedented pressure to demonstrate they are responsible data stewards. Here are six steps that might help.
Imagine rebuilding an airplane in flight. That's how you can modernize your enterprise technology.
Predictive analytics, offering a data-enabled view into what is likely to happen, are key to driving organizational change.
Women play an important role in building an innovative workforce, so itís critical to support to the next generation of women technologists and empower their careers.
Get ready for a radical shift in job roles and functions, with greater value being placed on different or new skillsets.
Establishing the right culture will get your DevOps initiative off on the right foot.
AI can expedite manual processes that exist throughout an enterprise, but the nature of the human insight is necessary to rationally manage these processes and make contextual decisions.
While there is no exact definition of what a smart city must offer its citizens, there is also no shortage of "smart" initiatives.
Ever wonder how Google, Microsoft, and IBM are winning the race for tech talent? It just might boil down to the ability to weave relevant learning and development opportunities into every stage of employee life cycles.
Cloud migration often leads to the outsourcing of critical activities. So how can your IT staff continue to contribute during this transition?
As governments employ AI in public safety applications they have to stay laser-focused on building public trust in the outcomes.
Dealing with a couple decades of technical debt takes effort across the organization, but you can do it if you give your team time to lay out a plan and take the first few steps.
The trend toward API-based banking offers a model for health records, giving patients access to and control over their personal health data.
Organizations can reap the full benefits of the cloud and avoid potential security risks by following four fundamental steps.
The days when businesses could succeed with innovation without partnering are pretty much gone.
Enterprise IT professionals offer their insights into two of the leading cloud platforms, AWS and Azure.
Is artificial intelligence a date with the devil or natural evolution?
What can go wrong with DevOps? Plenty, but you can still learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of other people.
Leveraged efficiently, data can help an organization understand its customer needs, recruit the right talent, and define a strategy for the 21st century.
Accept that your organization will migrate to the cloud, but also understand that such a migration requires planning and a staged approach.
If you are losing sleep over concerns about how to implement intelligent automation in your organization, you aren't alone.
Organizations need to understand which U.S. sales and marketing practices are allowed under GDPR, and which are not.
As virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies get ready for the enterprise, the enterprise has to get ready for digital reality.