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)
In this Server StorageIO podcast episode, I am joined by Tom Becchetti
(@tbecchetti) for a Friday afternoon conversation recorded live at Meisters
in Scandia Minnesota (thanks to the Meisters crew!).
For those of you who may not know Tom, he has been in the IT, data center,
data infrastructure, server and storage (as well as data protection) industry
for many years (ok decades) as a customer and vendor in various roles. Not
surprising our data infrastructure discussion involves server, software,
storage, big data, backup, data protection, big data protection, CMG
(Computer Measurement Group @mspcmg), copy data management, cloud,
containers, fundamental tradecraft skills among other related topics.
Check out Tom on twitter @tbecchetti and @mspcmg as well as his new website
www.storagegodfather.com. Listen to the podcast discussion here (42 minutes)
as well as on iT... (more)
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)
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)
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)
Cloud Computing Usage Forecast to Quadruple by 2020
Hybrid IT is a catalyst of progressive organizations. In fact, two-thirds of
surveyed leaders say a blend of traditional and cloud infrastructure enables
a strategic competitive advantage, according to a market study by the IBM
Center for Applied Insights.
That said, savvy leaders are using hybrid cloud to power their digital
transformation agenda, going beyond cost reductions and productivity gains.
They’re also using cloud as a foundation for next-generation initiatives --
such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cognitive Computing.
New Insights into Emerging Cloud Trends
According to findings from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI), cloud
service traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold - that’s up from 3.9
zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 - to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020.
The ongoing growth of cloud computing is... (more)
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)
I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference
on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIOs came from different
industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery
Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads the IT
innovations at Terex Corp., a large company supplying cranes and other heavy
equipment. PK Agarwal, currently dean at Northeastern University, used to be
the CIO for the Government of California. Here are some of the points
I reminded the audience that we are at the fourth paradigm in science (as per
the late Jim Gray). A thousand year ago, science was experimental, then few
hundred years back science became theoretical (Newton’s law, Maxwell’s
law..), fifty tears ago, science became computational (simulation via a
computer). Now the fourth paradigm is data-driven sci... (more)
As the IIoT continues to improve the way in which we collect and translate
information, the buzzword on everyone’s mind today is “big data.” In
fact, the market just for big data software is expected to grow 50 percent by
2019, and furthermore, spending in 2015 is already estimated at $15.85
billion on this technology.
Why so much investment?
The expectation is that big data initiatives will improve operational
efficiencies by the large-scale storage and transfer of volumes of
information safely and securely. Companies don’t always see the value in
updating their information governance policies because there isn’t always a
direct reward and no direct penalty for not complying. Tim Jennings, Ovum
chief research officer, believes as big data continues to grow enormously
within the company infrastructure, it is time to consider the security,
availability, and time sp... (more)
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)
The time of year when crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out
their annual predictions for the coming year. Rather than thinking up my own,
I figured I’d regurgitate what many others are expecting to happen.
7 Future Predictions for the Internet of Things – IoT is one of the hottest
terms and trends. From connected cars, homes, businesses and more, connected
devices are becoming more prevalent in our lives. Stable Kernel looks at the
future economic growth, development of smart cities, wearables, privacy
challenges and how voice commands will become the norm.
Top 10 Humanoid Robots Designed To Match Human Capabilities And Emotions –
While once a dream of The Jetsons, companion robots in the home will become
as common as pets, even if the pet is a robot. WT VOX explores whether robots
could fully replace humans by 2045 as some predict and takes a look at t... (more)