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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)

Latest CTOvision Assessments on Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity

Bob Gourley One of the enjoyable things about estimating the future is there is always a new consideration. It is a dynamic task that is never done. This is especially true in analyzing the future of enterprise technology, where things are always moving fast. We try to find balance in tracking the future of technology by focusing on the metatrends, those very powerful forces that sweep over us all (whether we want them to or not). Megatrends change, but not as fast as the rapidly changing offerings of the tech ecosystem. This allows us to make predictions with a bit more certainty than trying to predict which product or solution or company will dominate. This approach enables a degree of certainty supportive of most strategic planning efforts, even if it does not provide precision around timing or exact manifestation of solutions. The megatrends we track can be 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)

Update On The Megatrend of the Internet of Things

Bob Gourley 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 the Internet of Things. Today's Internet connects people, governments, academia and business. The already emerging Internet of Things goes far beyond that. Largely enabled by embedded computing devices and ubiquitous communications, the Internet of Things reaches to vehicles, homes, towns and cities, commerce, manufacturing and every aspect of industry. A snapshot of the trend right now indicates: Largely enabled by embedded computing devices and ubiquitous communications Use cases are expected to include enhancements to education, training, safety, security, healt... (more)

A conference in Bangalore

I was invited to speak at a conference called Solix Empower 2017 held in Bangalore, India on April 28th, 2017. It was an interesting experience. The conference focused on Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud. Over 800 people attended the one-day event with keynotes and parallel tracks on wide-ranging subjects. I did three things. First, I was part of the inaugural keynote where I spoke on “Data as the new Oxygen” showing the emergence of data as a key platform for the future. I emphasized the new architecture of containers and micro-services on which are machine learning libraries and analytic tool kits to build modern big data applications. Then I moderated two panels. The first was titled, ” The rise of real-time data architecture for streaming applications” and the second one was called, “Top data governance challenges and opportunities”. In the first panel, the memb... (more)

How To Achieve Digital Transformation (DX)

Industry after industry is under siege as companies embrace digital transformation (DX) to disrupt existing business models and disintermediate their competitor’s customer relationships. But what do we mean by “Digital Transformation”? 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 architectures, hyper-converged technologies, artificial intelligence, blockchain) to enhance products, processes, and business-decision making with customer, product and operational insights. In order to achieve digital transformation, organizations need to coordinate and align the following business and technology capabilities: Build out the organization’s data and analytics capabilities and assets (e.g., da... (more)

Dell EMC World 2017 Day One news announcement summary

Dell EMC World 2017 Day One news announcement summary This is the first day of the first combined Dell EMC World 2017 being held in Las Vegas Nevada. Last year’s event in Las Vegas was the end of the EMC World, while this being the first of the combined Dell EMC World events that succeeded its predecessors. What this means is an expanded focus because of the new Dell EMC that has added servers among other items to the event focus. Granted, EMC had been doing servers via its VCE and converged divisions, however with the Dell EMC integration completed as of last fall, the Dell Server group is now part of the Dell EMC organization. The central theme of this Dell EMC world is REALIZE with a focus on four pillars: Digital Transformation (Pivotal focus) of applications IT Transformation (Dell EMC, Virtustream, VMware) data center modernization Workforce transformat... (more)

Don’t just move your servers to the cloud

The cloud has now been around for a while and has transitioned from being a place where the cool kids play to an integral part of any companies IT and application strategy. The first and most obvious step is to handle compute power not within the own datacenter but rather the cloud. Spinning up a server in the cloud is just quicker and especially for very large corporations adding compute power is an issue. I have been in situation when “finding a plug for a new server” was an issue that made it on the agenda of executive meetings. This strategy is referred to lift and shift and is of today a main driver for cloud adoption as the immediate benefits are obvious. While there is nothing inherently wrong about moving your existing compute workload to the cloud, it isn’t a great idea either. The simple reason being that these applications have never been designed to run... (more)

PlexxiPulse – Not All Workloads Are Created Equal

Networks carry traffic, similar to the way planes carry passengers, but the similarities don’t end there. The process of “deadheading” (as it’s known in the airline circles) is about leveraging existing routes to re-position crew for free; basically, piggybacking on an already incurred cost. At first, it sounds like a perfect optimization that should make everyone happy. However, what IT professionals should realize is that this deadhead crew is actually a “mission critical” workload leveraging a “best effort” transport model. This sounds like quite the disconnect to me. Check out my latest blog, Your Packets Will be Re-Accommodated, on how to better a network so that workloads are not treated randomly – and mission critical information is not relegated to less than optimal transport conditions. Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news article... (more)