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How a company handles a breach speaks directly to its character during one of the most high-profile times of its history.
IoT is growing rapidly, but lingering connectivity, security, and data storage concerns will need to be resolved to guarantee its continued flourishing.
Artificial intelligence can offer competitive advantages, but itís not easy to drive success without understanding how to overcome the challenges.
Data science is reshaping the job market through fierce competition between companies for top talent. Filling the positions will mean converting candidates from other fields.
Here are five tactful but effective ways to boost your paycheck, whether as a new hire or existing IT employee.
Before diving into AI, advanced analytics and other data-driven projects be sure to understand which data you hold rights to and what restrictions apply.
You can do a lot to take the edge off peopleís concerns, maintain the companyís reputation, and minimize any long-term damage when you put a plan in place.
Cloud providers have the resources to fortify their data centers and hire armies of security pros, but they wield other powerful weapons to protect customer data.
If years of hype have left you skeptical, all signs now point toward reasons to believe that digital reality is ready for its transformative moment.
With repetitive manual data entry proving a pain point for staff members, workplaces must act to ensure their teams stay motivated. Could automation be the answer?
Despite their great promise, data lakes have received a lot of negative buzz in recent years due to their lack of governability and general success.
The reliance on technology in the service and support space is growing significantly, and leaders are being tasked tasked six- and seven-figure decisions.
Five best practices for ensuring that your cloud strategy keeps things safe and secure.
After more than a decade of trying to educate users, IT security professionals still aren't getting their message through.
Consider why reverting to an open Web might not be such a bad thing.
Machine learning and natural language capabilities will bring the power of analytics to more people through semantics.
Platform companies need to consider and launch new services that have a very clear understanding of the needs and expectations of their target markets.
Make DevOps the culture of your organization, driven by the CEO and a team of leaders with a clear understanding of the implications and outcomes.
The growing interest in automation in the enterprise highlights the need to place humans in jobs that are best suited for humans rather than machines, and a need for continuous training.
We have a great opportunity to lay a better foundation for the future of AI if we encourage more women and people of diverse backgrounds to dive into data science and other AI fields.
Using new technologies and building products with a clear purpose in mind can help organizations connect with users in a way that is more human and more useful.
In celebrating the progress companies have made with inclusion and diversity the has to be ongoing change to create a level playing field and a culture where all colleagues feel included and heard.
Companies in the sharing economy are creating superior experiences for their customers with the aid of massive databases engineered on a global scale.
There are four common traits of executives and organizations that will be successful with digital transformation.
Beware of collaboration overload. The last thing any business leader wants is a team that is exhausted by unnecessary emails and meetings.
Tthe last century way of doing customer experience is outdated. The emergence of new technologies calls for the adoption of new processes.
As some thought leaders advocate for the recognition of access to AI as a human right, the question comes up: How could we achieve that?
If the chief data officer does their job right, they very quickly reach the point where they need to move up or out.
Happy, productive employees who are protected from burnout lead to better products and services and a thriving company.
In the same way the cell network enabled our modern mobile lifestyle, AI will drive the data age, but only if we make it boring and commonplace.
America's dedicated teachers are the key to transforming how students learn the skills necessary to fuel the US economy.
Technical debt is a hidden cost that robs your business of its ability to be nimble and make needed changes for your customers
Regardless of the spotlight President Trump put on AI, the technology was destined to make a big impact in 2019, and companies will need AI to compete successfully.
Nothing beats an in-person offsite to foster team bonding, but with a little planning, virtual offsites can be just as engaging, interactive, and fun.
As AI becomes a bigger and perhaps transformative technological force, itís crucial to recognize that artificial intelligence is only as good as the genuine human thinking that goes into it.
It's time for enterprises to define their artificial intelligence strategies, and they have to consider embarking on mass experimentation to achieve success.
IT professionals shared their thoughts on the pros and cons of a pair of hybrid cloud management tools.
Enterprises across all industries must brace themselves for disruption, and prepare for it through digital transformation.
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.