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As businesses wrestle with the challenges that come with new technologies and concepts such as transformation it's more important than ever that IT and business leaders work as partners.
As machine learning technologies evolve developers in a range of fields are finding innovative ways to solve challenges.
Start an Agile initiative by carefully taking stock of the organization's goals, challenges, and capabilities.
Amazon's announcements at AWS RE:Invent make it highlight an AWS message that serverless is the way to go, which isn't good news for those in operations jobs.
You might not be able to compete with the behemoths, but there are some things you can do to find great talent. Think about partnering with other companies and how multi-disciplinary teams can help fill gaps.
As companies turn to the hybrid cloud to future-proof business and innovate faster, there are some emerging needs that they should address.
With SaaS technologies organizations can better qualify their leads through data touch points and data science.
Open source software isn't free, whether looked at in terms of hard dollars or in missed opportunities.
As organizations move to hybrid clouds they have to adjust their thinking and how they look at key concepts.
Few tools exist to measure or fix multi-cloud problems. Help is on the way; major software vendors are addressing the issue.
While there are benefits from adopting an agile strategy, your organization can take success to the next level by also utilizing design thinking to identify problems.
Having established a foothold in the home with its Alexa personal assistant, Amazon now has the office market in its sights.
These four warning signs just might indicate that you need to implement or update DevOps initiatives within your organization.
As IT executives set out their plans for 2018, three key technology concepts should be top priorities.
Executives who have done it share their experiences and advice on knowing when and how to spin off an IT-based startup.
Amazon's announcements at AWS Re:Invent continue to extend AWS offerings far beyond basic infrastructure services.
A key to a successful DevOps initiative is ensuring that team members stay involved at all stages of the development, test, and deployment cycle.
Faced with the rapid pace of technology changes, organizations have to plan for continuous re-skilling of their tech workforces.
Gathering user feedback is a key element of a DevOps strategy, but you have to be proactive in collecting that feedback.
Following the privacy rules set out in the EU's GDPR isn't just about compliance; it shows customers and others that they can trust your company.
Don't build custom software for general purpose computing needs that are better served by third party applications.
The cost of protecting applications from cyberattacks is climbing fast. So, it's time for business units to help cover the pricetag.
If companies are forward-thinking in their application of predictive analytics, AI, and machine learning they can make these technologies inclusive, and available and relevant to all people.
Good intentions alone don't make for a successful hackathon. Here are some lessons learned at Adobe.
If you want build trust in machine learning, try treating it like a human, asking it the same type of questions.
Cybersecurity doesn’t have to be just a cost of doing business. With the right approach, it can both protect while creating new levels of business growth.
Employee burnout is a growing problem, and in the IT sector -- with its ever-evolving technologies and demands from business leaders -- is no exception.
Companies in every industry have to be ready to embark on digital transformation and innovation initiatives. Even the largest enterprises can achieve success if they set out with a start-up spirit.
It’s the combination of practices and tools that allow organizations to achieve enterprise DevOps and optimize the value of their entire software pipeline at scale.
Blockchain isn’t a miracle technology to solve all problems at once. It is a fundamental shift in the way companies transfer data between two parties.
The DevOps concept's focus on speed to market and continuous release can leave gaps in software quality. Understand which ones you can live with, and which are critical.
There's great value for companies to use automation technologies in analytics, taking advantage of the vast data sets now available. Making machine learning models more precise isn't just about technology; but a reimagination of business structure and the roles of tech and people.
Successful enterprise DevOps transformations share several common characteristics, strategies and techniques which enable an organization to break down the transformation into smaller, achievable steps.
It's time for the IT security team and the physical security team to work together on a "cyber-physical" security strategy.
Blockchain holds promise for the banking industry, offering a transparent and security form of doing business.
Companies should create a chatbot readiness checklist to help define a bot design strategy.
New capabilities in CRM and digital marketing solutions require a strategic reassessment.
These are exciting times for those determined to propel their business towards the next age of digitalization, but beyond the sophisticated tools and intelligent machines, leaders have to give thought to how their employees will help to drive success.
An successful RPA initiative calls for careful planning and communication, and starting small before trying to scale.
Among the growing number of potential applications for blockchain is border management and security.
Individuals with generational differences can learn to manage conflict effectively, and bring positive results from a conflict-laden environment.
A look back at a quarter century’s worth of experiences that companies of all sizes can learn from
As data becomes more valuable to organizations, its usefulness for analytics means that more data needs to be stored for longer periods of time.
An analytics economy is emerging, where organizations differentiate themselves and succeed with a blend of data, analytics, and collaboration.
IT pros ready for a change should consider the smart home market to leverage skills such as IT security, networking and development.
IT’s role within an organization has always been a critical one, but the advancement of business intelligence and data analytics will make IT exponentially more strategic.
DevOps presents an opportunity to build better software, but there's no guarantee of success. A look at how to do DevOps right.
As long as human and artificial intelligence work in tandem, we’ll continue to make each other better at what we naturally do best.
To achieve the benefits of digital transformation, an organization has to do more than buy new technology tools.
Prevedere CEO Rich Wagner takes a look at the skills that IT leaders share and what they might need to work on to move into a CEO role.
With 77% of executive priorities now dependent on technology, the composition of the project portfolio is shifting dramatically toward digital work. Legacy approaches to managing IT projects, programs and portfolios can’t keep up with this shift.
The future of IoT and 5G networking isn’t something that “will happen” in the coming years. To some extent, it’s already here, setting the stage for further growth.
With wait time or idle time being a waste of time with new benefit, think about how you can mitigate or even eliminate the problem.
DevOps may be up and running for your enterprise. Taking the time to integrate security will keep it that way.
Use of technology is a defining characteristic of millennials, so if you don't provide simple and instant application access in the workplace they will find their own alternatives.
To mitigate the risks presented by more aggressive cyberthreats, organizations need to get out in front of those threats.
New tools and technologies can help employees work smarter, but only if they are integrated and data silos are broken down.
Big data analytics promise tremendous benefits for organizations, but there are a few gotchas that stand in the path to success.
Cybersecurity initiatives for government agencies -- in fact, other organizations, too -- have to be proactive and iterative.
It's time for IT groups to stop fighting the tide and work with business units to support shadow IT.
While the unicorns that are data scientists have their place in an organization, management needs to empower proven business leaders to take on the role of citizen scientist.
Get ready for digital twins to revolutionize how products are manufactured, sold, and supported.
The opportunities to utilize neural networks are growing across a broad range of industries and market sectors.
It's time for an IT overhaul, one that can support an organization's move through digital transformation.
With a career path that has led from a tech role to venture capital investing, Mark Minevich shares advice for other career changers.
Whether you work in the C-suite or in a line role, if you don’t want to be left behind, figure out how to evolve so you can help the company meet its digital business objectives.
As analytics-based technologies mature they promise to better guide executive decisions by delivering only the most relevant information.
Hiring great employees means looking beyond the resume into how they solve problems and address goals, as this millennial executive at Workday explains.
The chairman of the OpenStack Foundation outlines some of the steps the organization is taking to support a growing interest in OpenStack.
The tech sector is looking at new uses for blockchain, and information security is one area that holds promise.
A successful digital transformation initiative starts with an organization's leadership instilling a culture that supports the idea of the entire business operating under one digital strategy.
Now that you might be accustomed to using Siri, Alexa, Cortana or Google Assistant in your personal life, consider the potential for voice technology in the enterprise.
IT teams can salvage the value of legacy systems while pivoting to a new foundation offering better customer experiences.
SAS CTO Oliver Schabenberger counters Tesla founder Elon Musk's description of artificial intelligence as the scariest problem.
Having learned from his experience opening an operation in Norway, Tapad's Jeff Olchovy shares his advice to others planning overseas expansion.
What makes an executive successful? Consider traits such as risk taking and never relying on the status quo.
Measuring the end-to-end DevOps value stream is the key to delivering value and tracking its ROI and allocating resources.
As hackers continue ramping up their attacks everyone involved in IoT -- manufacturers, integrators, and customers -- has to improve their defenses.
The evolution of artificial intelligence promises massive changes in how commerce gets done and customer relationships.
Organizations love metrics, particularly those that show success, but it's crucial to define metrics that truly track progress toward corporate goals.
Beware the overly optimistic ROI estimate when it comes to an automation initiative.
CIOs need to help leaders understand how AI will really impact their spaces and take steps to using AI to help achieve long-term business objectives.
Transforming to a microservices architecture requires coordination across all disciplines. It won't be easy, but it promises plenty of benefits.
The experience of Angelina Jolie highlights how cloud computing can help address cancer by cutting the cost of genomic sequencing and enabling data sharing.
It makes sense to involve IT security with DevOps, but the integration isn't as easy as it sounds.
There are three keys to embarking on a successful OpenStack initiative.
The likelihood of a company suffering a breach is worse than most believe. Here's a checklist for building out a plan to deal with a breach.
As more enterprises discover AI-based business applications, the concept of transfer learning could help to level the playing field.
Every technology initiative -- in fact many business changes -- will run into resistance from people. Here are three steps to overcoming that resistance.
IT organizations are quick to talk about hardware failures, software failures, and outages, but so often the cause of IT failures can be pinned on people.
For all of the talk about IT playing a key role in innovation, those maintenance tasks that "keep the train running" don't leave much time for innovation.
The journey to digital transformation isn't just a technology initiative, it's about remaking the business.
In any IT project scope creep can act as a noxious weed, leading to project bloat, extra costs and time delays.
Yes, user feedback about an app is useful, but only to a degree. Here are some other ways to evaluate an app.
Getting ready for GDPR now will allow ample time for testing and assessing the new protocols, hiring the right data protection officer and ensuring they are operating effectively.
Today’s business challenges require diverse teams with new competencies, including the ability to collaborate effectively across organizational borders.
High dimensional data is our greatest asset in learning from data sets with hundreds, even thousands, of variables.
With cyberattacks becoming more common, and natural and man-made disasters not going away, disaster recovery programs are more important than ever.
The value equation for customer-centric innovation comes down to shifting the focus from cost savings to revenue growth and a competitive differentiation.
Enterprises in traditional industries, from manufacturing to logistics and retail, are scrambling to update their offerings to better support emerging technologies.