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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.
Thereís no one tool that can do it all. But in the end, it is all about tools that provide maximum ROI within the given budget.
Legacy applications can leave massive security holes and must be dealt with, no matter how critical they are.
Organizations must have a clear business strategy that aligns software development to wider business objectives. Here are four tips to help in this effort.
Imagine the possibilities of combining data across markets and industries without the cost and expertise barriers of implementing traditional data sharing.
While experts arenít surprised, they recommend adding the latest tools to your security strategy now.
While the tools may change, the mistakes stay the same. Here are four common issues that IT leaders should be aware of when managing data science teams.
A year and a half after GDPR, Californiaís own data privacy act will soon go into effect, but many businesses are unprepared. How can they get there?
Emerging technologies that leverage edge computing will take years -- potentially decades -- to emerge. The smart move is to wait for the hype to settle.
Rather than doubling down on recruitment advertising, here are five other ways that IT leaders can mitigate their tech talent shortage.
To navigate the new world of IT ecosystems, forward-thinking IT leaders need to embrace organizational transformation -- and avoid making these five mistakes.
AI has been abused as part of disinformation campaigns, accused of perpetuating biases, and criticized for overstepping privacy bounds. Letís address this.
An effective ML team is constantly evolving based on many different factors. Assess your specific needs and use cases before putting a team into action.
Project sponsors and managers of automation initiatives should carefully consider building these elements into their projects from the outset.
If businesses are aware of the potential post-migration challenges ahead of time, they will be more prepared to take the necessary steps to prevent them.
Donít automate for the sake of automating. Identify which tasks/processes will experience automation benefits that outweigh its upfront and recurring costs.
Recent trends point to a decline in traditional education due to changing views and alternative education opportunities.
IT leaders need to understand that a problem exists and then think through approaches. Once they do that, the technology to employ is easier to figure out. Here's some guidance.
If AI lets you implement discriminatory pricing or restrict access to a product based on a customerís race, age or gender, should you?
While there is no silver bullet for attracting and hiring great security talent, there are techniques that can dramatically increase your teamís success.
Use analytics to your advantage to support your HR department, sales and marketing teams, team managers and ultimately your customers.
What youíll learn about customers by incorporating design thinking will improve operations and make your bottom line much easier to achieve.
Investing in every shiny new tool wonít necessarily make your work space more productive or give your company a competitive edge.
Decision makers should consider whether conclusions are influenced by shortcomings in the observable data and whether the algorithms properly address biases.
Today, open source and the enterprise are more interconnected than ever before, sharing valuable projects, time, and resources.
Organizations that use intelligent automation to amplify human potential will stay ahead in the game, while those that donít will lag.
Emotional cognition is maturing, and thereís a great deal of potential. Perhaps Ďhappinessí is in store for AI-powered bots in the not-too-distant future.