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In their 2014 CIO Agenda report Gartner describes how ‘Taming the Digital Dragon’ (12 page PDF) is key to digital transformation strategies, with the hybrid cloud platform model as the enabling technology blueprint and business model. As their ‘We are here’ arrow describes, Gartner proposes we are at the transition point from a second to a third generation of IT, the shift from IT industrialization to digitization, where the key skills of a CIO are business models and digital leadership, rather than just IT service management aka a shift from the CIO to the CDO – chief digital officer. This corresponds with the view of Mike Rosen of IDC, who describes platforms as a third generation. As Gartner concludes: “CIOs now face the challenge of straddling the second era of enterprise IT and a new, third “digitalisation” era — moving from running IT like a business within a... (more)

What Is #DigitalTransformation? | @ThingsExpo #AI #DX #IoT #SmartCities

For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

The Human Side of Cybersecurity

As the waves of ransomware hitting the shores of companies around the world prove, today’s cybersecurity balance still tips toward the bad guys. The odds are stacked against the good guys, as they need to mitigate all threats, whether they be against their networks, brands, or physical locations, while the hackers simply need to exploit a single vulnerability. It doesn’t help that in today’s cloud-enabled, software-defined world, enterprise threat surfaces are expanding well past the traditional corporate perimeter, offering malefactors a welcome mat for their mischief. Cybersecurity vendors are doing their best to help their customers understand and mitigate these threats, and newer technologies like big data and artificial intelligence are maturing, rapidly bringing new capabilities to enterprise cybersecurity solutions. Yet the bad actors are still winning. They re... (more)

A Short History of Programming – Part 2 | @DevOpsSummit #Java #AI #ML #DevOps

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 2 By Omed Habib This is the story of software. The initial blog in this series was all about the structural formation of programming languages. We went all the way back to steampunk days to see how the framework for programming grew out of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1840s. We ended up with a list of the most active programming languages in use at the moment. Now we’ll take the next logical step to examine what programming has done for enterprises and SMBs. We’ll also trace the effects of shockwaves in the world of databases, communications, and mobility. Technological Change Blindness There’s a strange phenomenon known as change blindness that describes how normal people don’t notice massive, obvious changes in their environment. It can emerge from gradual shifts or very rapid transformations that ar... (more)

Megatrend of #ArtificialIntelligence | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #ML #DL #IoT

There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is the discipline of thinking machines. The field is growing dramatically with the proliferation of high powered computers into homes and businesses and especially with the growing power of smartphones and other mobile devices. Artificial intelligence software is assisting people in most every discipline. The many functions of AI are considered by many to be threatening many human jobs across multiple industries, but others consider it a great producer of jobs since it will help create entirely new industries and free more human... (more)

Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O | @CloudExpo #Storage #DataCenter

Data Infrastructure Server Storage I/O and Related Tradecraft Overview Data Infrastructure server storage I/O network and associated tradecraft are your skills, experiences, insight as well as tricks of the trade, profession and job function (read more about what is a data infrastructure here). This is the first of a two-part series exploring data infrastructure along with server storage I/O and related tradecraft. Read part two of this series here. Data Infrastructure and IT Infrastructure Layers Data infrastructure encompasses servers, storage, I/O and networking along with associated hardware, software, services and management tasks including data protection among others. Tradecraft is knowing about tools, technologies, and trends in your primary domain as well as adjacent focus areas. However, tradecraft is also about knowing how and when to use different techno... (more)

Integrate #Blockchain into Business | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #FinTech #Bitcoin

Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

Digital Transformation: Leading a Learning Organization

Forward-thinking CEOs ensure that their organization has access to the latest digital business technologies. But in today’s global networked economy, that’s not enough. If you believe that digital transformation knowledge is power, then fully mastering the ability to apply your IT capabilities into actionable wisdom is infinitely more potent. The Harvard Business Review (HBR) market research team recently completed a global study of the path that several organizations have taken to develop and deliver the digital learning support resources that their key internal stakeholders both need and want. In a prior editorial, I described how Digital Leaders are better prepared to cross the skills chasm. In this follow-on editorial, I’ll share the typical roadblocks on the path to digital transformation progress. Plus, I’ll also share some useful recommendations. Enabling Ongoi... (more)

Shared Economy #DigitalTransformation | @ThingsExpo #IoT #AI #ML #DL

Digital Transformation Hub - Realizing the Shared Economy Last week I mentioned to one of my U.S.-based colleagues that I would be out of office for three days at the Irish National Digital Week (NDW16), taking the opportunity because the event was being held in Skibbereen, just a few kilometres down the road from my home office. He asked, "Surely an event of that type would be held in Dublin?"  And I replied, "Well there's a story here that needs to be told; one that will have profound implications for business in Ireland and probably internationally". Skibbereen is a small market town in the South West of Ireland. The population is approximately 2000, although there's perhaps several times that number in the immediate hinterland. It's not an easily accessible area, you get there by going to Ireland’s second city Cork, and then taking pretty dreadful roads for some... (more)

Leaf in the Wild: How EG Built a Modern, Event-Driven Architecture with MongoDB to Power Digital Transformation

UK’s Leading Commercial Property Data Service Delivers 50x More Releases Per Month, Achieving Always-On Availability The total value of the UK commercial property is estimated at close to £1.7 trillion1. Investment decisions on big numbers requires big data, especially in handling a big variety of multi-structured data. And that is why EG, the UK’s leading commercial property data service, turned to MongoDB. I met with Chris Fleetwood, Senior Director of Technology, and Chad Macey, Principal Architect at EG. We discussed how they are using agile methodologies with devops, cloud computing, and MongoDB as the foundation for the company’s digital transformation – moving from a century old magazine, into a data driven technology service. Can you start by telling us a little bit about your company? Building on over 150 years of experience, EG (formerly Estates Gazette) del... (more)

Surviving Digital Transformation Fatigue

To paraphrase an old joke, there are four stages of digital transformation: What is digital transformation? We need digital transformation! We need whatever comes next after digital transformation! What is digital transformation? By 2016, most enterprises had successfully navigated their way from #1 to #2, but now that it’s 2017, there’s a good chance #3 is in the offing. After all, digital transformation has been the hot topic for a while now. Will 2017 be the year it becomes passé? And if so, what should we do next? Buzzword Fatigue: It’s Inevitable In times of disruption, buzzwords play an important role. As new technologies, approaches, and priorities spring up, we need a common vocabulary so that we can cogently discuss such innovations. However, it’s easy to overuse or misapply buzzwords. Just like salt in your soup: a pinch may be pleasing, but put in too much an... (more)