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IT leaders who use the current crisis to identify gaps in processes and digitize operations will see their businesses thrive.
IT teams face unprecedented challenges, navigating a fast-paced landscape amid the pandemic. Adopting Agile principles may help drive performance and success.
First, businesses need a clear understanding of how data will be used, and who will be impacted by the decisions made using the data.
Tales of robots and smart speakers are eclipsed by those of automation and natural language processing, which are drivers for greater efficiencies, increased productivity and new revenue.
Find out why deploying an effective master data strategy across an enterprise is an important foundation to building a successful digital transformation journey.
While the full extent of the impact is not yet known, the following guidelines can help tech risk managers in successfully addressing the many challenges companies are facing now -- and later.
BI is the transformation of data from services, including software and assets, into accessible insights and reports. But, otherwise, why is BI important?
No doubt, wide adoption of the cloud as a one-size-fits-all solution brings tons of benefits to the table. However, they come at a cost not everyone can handle.
Why that is, and what to do about it.
CIOs and IT teams have a great opportunity to show how the strategic use of technology can help the company achieve its agile goals.
Companies should use an XaaS strategy to outpace competition, cut acquisition costs and boost efficiency. Here are ways you can get there.
To harness the power of data analytics, companies need to create a culture in which all employees understand how to use data to advance business outcomes.
For experienced IT teams who are steeped in DevOps practices, shifting to DevTestOps requires a change in mindset.
COVID-19 is reshaping the privacy landscape and calibrating priorities, but how long will it last?
For those looking to reduce cloud costs as much as possible, here are four tips to help improve your overall investment.
The effort is relatively low compared to the immense personal and business benefits of keeping customers pleased and even delighted during this turbulent time.
Almost overnight, companies pivoted to remote work, but long-term viability requires an all-in commitment to digital transformation across technology and culture.
During this time of uncertainty, businesses are trying to adapt to the new normal. Hereís why the Agile philosophy is suitable for unforeseen business obstacles.
You canít wait for the world to go back to ďnormalĒ or expect your old metrics to work in the future. Listen intently, experiment relentlessly, and spread your bets.
Artificial intelligence and ML can help us take DevOps to the next level through identifying problems more quickly and further automating our processes.
With many budgets constrained, now is the time to focus on artificial intelligence projects that will deliver the most payback over the next six months.
Use these approaches to open the door to the rest of the C-suite and increase your influence.
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.