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2018 Roundup Of Cloud Computing Forecasts And Market Estimates
"Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounted for 55% of the company’s operating profit in Q2, 2018, despite contributing only 12% to the company’s net sales. In Q1, 2018 services accounted for 40% of Amazon’s revenue, up from 26% three years earlier. Source: Cloud Business Drives Amazon’s Profits, Statista, July 27, 2018."
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6 days ago by jonerp
The Internet of Things Needs an Infusion of Web Technologies
"Tiffany summarized a number of reasons for this relative failure. One is the complexity of technologies. Not only are there wide arrays of hardware, but also “weird data formats and strange wire protocols you’ve never heard of, hundreds of them,” he said. Something as simple are wireless connectivity doesn’t just rely on cellular but formats such as Zigbee and Sigfox. These technologies not only have to be integrated together with each other but fused with the back-end enterprise systems as well."
technology 
8 days ago by jonerp
A different Vegas. A very different Workday.
"– I want to see a significant industry “book of record” offering. If you say you are committed to retail, I want to see a robust offering and a sizable customer base in the merchandising area. If it is insurance, show me similar around claims processing. If it is utilities, I want to see a billing engine, and one for complex asset management and maintenance. If it is healthcare, show me electronic patient records. If it is oil and gas, show me functionality their geologists consider critical."
featured  posts  technology  software  #wday  #wdayrising  workday 
13 days ago by jonerp
Infor’s Vertical Journey
I am going to Inforum this week and am going to try and see what “books of record” major hospitality companies have adopted from Infor. I am also going to try and find out which are anchoring their digital transformations around Infor products. I travel a fair amount and must admit I do not see Infor (or other ERP competitors) show up as strategic vendors for too many in that industry."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
26 days ago by jonerp
How AI & Machine Learning Are Redefining The War For Talent
"Of the five companies Gartner names as Cool Vendors in the field of Human Capital Management for Talent Acquisition, Eightfold is the only one achieving personalization at scale today. Attaining personalization at scale is essential if any growing business is going to succeed in attracting, acquiring and growing talent that can support their growth goals and strategies. Eightfold’s approach makes it possible to scale personalized responses to specific candidates in a company’s candidate community while defining the ideal candidate for each open position."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  artificial  intelligence  human  capital  management  louis  columbus  machine  learning  talent  acquisition 
29 days ago by jonerp
Why Serverless vs. Kubernetes Isn’t a Real Debate
"The idea that serverless architectures will replace containerized applications does not seem to be a rational proposal. Not everything can be reduced to an ephemeral function. Some applications will always require the ability to persist data and state while an application is running, and this is not something that Serverless architectures are particularly designed for. But interest in Serverless is nevertheless growing rapidly."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  kubernetes  serverless 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
What to do with the data? The evolution of data platforms in a post big data world
"In the last 10 years, we saw slow progress from simple, demographic data-in-storage to multi-dimensional data-in-use: We moved away from creating huge electronic storage areas for data, and we began to use it in real-time; unfortunately, most enterprise data today is still stored in disparate systems waiting to be processed. Value comes from aggregating the right data from myriad sources and using it efficiently and effectively to solve business quandaries and optimize processes — and to do that, we need to understand what the data shows, not just the data itself."
featured  posts  technology  software 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
7 Promises, and Potential Pitfalls, in Adopting a Cloud Native Approach to DevOps
"What’s Wrong with That: DevOps is only DevOps, I’m told, when it automates the development and operation of all applications. If we go subdividing our processes into the cloud native ones and the not-so-cloud-native ones, then we run the risk of rebuilding the silos we thought we had already disassembled.

Put another way, it would be wrong to create a DevOps for only one pool of development. Now, maybe it’s feasible to implement such a methodology if and only if the organization will develop only cloud native apps throughout its entire existence. But to restrain the organization to any single platform, I’m told, is antithetical to another of the goals of DevOps: to decouple processes from infrastructure."
analysis  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  continuous  integration  and  deployment  devops 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Products are Conversations
The right customers for you will understand your tradeoffs, validate and support your decisions, and align. They will value the experience you are creating for them, and progress in a longer term relationship, not a transaction.

Rather than see the Head of Product as the CEO of Product, the PM is put as close to the customer as possible to make decisions on their behalf, and plays the role of Information Hub to align stakeholders through effective conversations. Your stakeholders want to have these conversations, and it’s your job to make sure they happen."
featured  posts  technology  software  conversations  product  management  roadmap  slack 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Doing DevOps the Cloud Native Way
"One of the dangers of the microservices approach, if we take this train of thought to its extreme, is that it could frame the entire scenario of an enterprise’s software from the exclusive perspective of the developer. Since cloud native platforms are marketed towards developers’ interests, the result is that, at the minimum, Ops professionals could feel left out. And at the maximum, they could be left out."
ebook  series  article  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  continuous  integration  and  deployment  devops 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Google Needs To Make Machine Learning Their Growth Fuel
"Google needs new AI- and machine learning-driven businesses that have lower Total Acquisition Costs (TAC) to offset the rising acquisition costs of their ad and search businesses. CB Insights found Google is experiencing rising TAC in their core ad and search businesses. With the strategic shift to mobile, Google will see TAC escalate even further. Their greatest potential for growth is infusing greater contextual intelligence and knowledge across the entire series of companies that comprise Alphabet, shown in the graphic below."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  cb  insights  google  ai  machine  learning  louis  columbus'  blog  patents 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
What is the Difference Between an Application and a Platform and Why it Matters?
"Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why SaaS vendors struggle to make the transition to platform vendors. First, it time-consuming and resource intensive. While investing in a platform and its associated services open up an opportunity to clean up technical debt, fixing architectural issues “under the covers” are typically less exciting that new features that generate more excitement from customers, partners and analysts."
featured  posts  technology  software  aws  cloud  computing  microsoft  azure  platform-thinking  saas 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Identities Are The New Security Perimeter
"18% of healthcare employees are willing to sell confidential data to unauthorized parties for as little as $500 to $1,000, and 24% of employees know of someone who has sold privileged credentials to outsiders, according to a recent Accenture survey.
Privileged credentials for accessing an airport’s security system were recently for sale on the Dark Web for just $10, according to McAfee."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  centrify  cybersecurity  louis  columbus'  blog  next-gen  access  zero  trust  security 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
Glassdoor’s 10 Highest Paying Tech Jobs Of 2018
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Software Engineering Manager is the highest paying position with an average salary of $163,500 with 31,621 open positions on Glassdoor today.
Over 368,000 open positions are available across the 10 highest paying jobs on Glassdoor today.
$147,000 is the average salary of the top 10 tech jobs on Glassdoor today.
12.7% of all open positions are for software engineers, making this job the most in-demand in tech today."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  glassdoor  highest  paying  tech  jobs  louis  columbus'  blog 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
IoT Market Predicted To Double By 2021, Reaching $520B
"The combined markets of the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to about $520B in 2021, more than double the $235B spent in 2017. Data center and analytics will be the fastest growing IoT segment, reaching a 50% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2021. System integration, data center and analytics, network, consumer devices, connectors (or things) and legacy embedded systems are the six core technology and solution areas of the IoT market. The following graphic compares the CAGR of each area in addition to defining the worldwide revenue for each category."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  bain  internet  of  things  forecast  (iot)  iot  louis  columbus 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
10 Ways To Improve Cloud ERP With AI And Machine Learning
"Cloud ERP platforms need to create and strengthen a self-learning knowledge system that orchestrates AI and machine learning from the shop floor to the top floor and across supplier networks. Having a cloud-based infrastructure that integrates core ERP Web Services, apps, and real-time monitoring to deliver a steady stream of data to AI and machine learning algorithms accelerates how quickly the entire system learns. The Cloud ERP platform integration roadmap needs to include APIs and Web Services to connect with the many suppliers and buyer systems outside the walls of a manufacturer while integrating with legacy ERP systems to aggregate and analyze the decades of data they have generated."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  ai  amazon  alexa  artificial  intelligence  cad  cloud  computing  erp  crm  enterprise  resource  planning 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
Nothing permanent about Oracle-Rimini
"But…..Oracle could have solved this years ago by offering a similar service. Most Rimini customers I talk to were not just attracted by the lower price (they had to balance the viability risk that came with a small vendor being sued). They did like the fact that Rimini supports their customizations. They love the fact that their ticket volumes have GONE UP. Yes, they got tired of raising tickets with Oracle (or SAP) because they tell me they rarely got resolved so they quit raising them. They like the dedicated rep model they get with Rimini. Oracle usually tells them the quality of their product is more secure, more trusted etc. It was a quality of service, as much as product and an economic decision for many customers."
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
IBM’s 2018 Data Breach Study Shows Why We’re In A Zero Trust World Now
"The report is a quick read and the data provided is fascinating. One can’t help but reflect on how legacy security technologies designed to protect digital businesses decades ago isn’t keeping up with the scale, speed and sophistication of today’s breach attempts. The most common threat surface attacked is compromised privileged credential access. 81% of all breaches exploit identity according to an excellent study from Centrify and Dow Jones Customer Intelligence, CEO Disconnect is Weakening Cybersecurity (31 pp, PDF, opt-in)."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  centrify  cybersecurity  enterprise  security  ibm  2018  cost  of  a  data  breach  study  louis  columbus  next-gen  access 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Slack won the first Group Messaging war
"It’s not clear yet what this and their last acquisition (Missions, a workflow app) means for the Slack developer ecosystem. Atlassian products were already favored in their app store promotion, and they will probably get some additional benefits in the partnership. Similar to the first move Slack made to compete against Microsoft in how it partnered with Google and made it easier to work with Google Office in Slack."
featured  posts  technology  software  atlassian  bizdev  enterprise  messaging  slack 
11 weeks ago by jonerp
Zero Trust Security Update From The SecurIT Zero Trust Summit
"Identities, not systems, are the new security perimeter for any digital business, with 81% of breaches involving weak, default or stolen passwords. Tom Kemp, Co-Founder, and CEO, Centrify, provided key insights into the current state of enterprise IT security and how existing methods aren’t scaling completely enough to protect every application, endpoint, and infrastructure of any digital business. He illustrated how $86B was spent on cybersecurity, yet a stunning 66% of companies were still breached. Companies targeted for breaches averaged five or more separate breaches already. The following graphic underscores how identities are the new enterprise perimeter, making NGA and ZTS a must-have for any digital business."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  centrify  cio  cso  cybersecurity  machine-learning  based  security  next-gen  access  nga 
july 2018 by jonerp
Where Business Intelligence Is Delivering Value In 2018
"Dashboards, reporting, end-user self-service, advanced visualization, and data warehousing are the top five most important technologies and initiatives strategic to BI in 2018."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  bi  intelligence  dresner  advisory  services  louis  columbus'  blog  predictive 
july 2018 by jonerp
Over 20,000 Container Management Dashboards Are Exposed on the Internet
"A recent study by cloud security firm Lacework found over 22,000 publicly exposed container orchestration and API management systems, about 300 of which could be accessed without any credentials and gave attackers full control or remote code execution capability on containers."
news  technology  top  stories  containers  kubernetes  security 
july 2018 by jonerp
Analytics Are Empowering Next-Gen Access And Zero Trust Security
"Machine learning-based NGA platforms including Centrify calculate a risk score that quantifies the relative level of trust based on every access attempt across an IT infrastructure. NGA platforms rely on machine learning algorithms to continuously learn and generate contextual intelligence that is used to streamline verified user’s access while thwarting many potential threats ― the most common of which is compromised credentials. IT security teams can combine the insights gained from machine learning, user profiles, and contextual intelligence to fine-tune the variables and attributes that calculate risk scores using cloud-enabled analytics services.
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  centrify  analytics  service  next-gen  access  nga  verizon  mobile  security  index  2018  report  zero  trust 
july 2018 by jonerp
Seven reasons why the Internal Combustion Engine is a dead man walking
"Another factor in favour of electric vehicles is that they are far more reliable. The drivetrain in an ICE vehicle contains 2,000+ moving parts typically, whereas the drivetrain in an EV contains around 20. A quick scan of the top 10 cars repairs of 2015 is telling. Not one of these faults can happen to an electric vehicle."
featured  posts  technology  software  internet  of  things  (iot) 
june 2018 by jonerp
AI Starts Taking White-Collar Jobs
"JD insists it will shift warehouse workers to other positions, and that their goal is simply more speed and reliability. Though there are expenses with the transition, JD Chief Technology Officer Chen Zhang told a group of reporters in Beijing that these investments will pay off in the long run. “Everything is about scale. When you invest in technology, you don’t worry about spending money. You worry whether you can get to scale. When scale comes, profit will come.”
analysis  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence 
june 2018 by jonerp
SAP pivots as the customer turns 2018
"All nice, dramatic and warrior like – but performance art isn’t what makes this interesting nor is “we will not waver or bend” suited to anything less than assaulting a beach during World War II, not a software company announcement. Nor are these statements what was very important about what SAP did. But before I get too far into why this was the right move for SAP, let me frame this a little with history and corrections of history."
featured  posts  technology  software 
june 2018 by jonerp
Three Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Zero Trust Security
"Zero Trust Security provides digital businesses with the security strategy they need to keep growing by scaling across each new perimeter and endpoint created as a result of growth. ZTS in the context of Next-Gen Access is built on four main pillars: (1) verify the user, (2) validate their device, (3) limit access and privilege, and (4) learn and adapt. The fourth pillar heavily relies on machine learning to discover risky user behavior and apply for conditional access without impacting user experience by looking for contextual and behavior patterns in access data."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  centrify  enterprise  security  louis  columbus  machine  learning  next-gen  access  zero  trust  zts 
may 2018 by jonerp
Artificial Intelligence: It Takes a Human Touch
"“Evidence suggests that it is much harder to revert negative effects of predictive models that are already deployed in a community than to prevent undesirable effects during the design and development of the technology,” it states, pointing to the need to address these challenges early in the design and deployment of a technology."
technology  top  stories  machine  learning 
may 2018 by jonerp
Why Serverless Requires Rethinking the IT Department
"Beyond that, the biggest differences between how serverless teams work compared with usual DevOps and application engineering teams can be summed up by Johnston’s formula: Slack and Automate and Document (SAD). Serverless engineers need a broad skillset, they are pragmatic hackers. “Because functions are small, but also high-value units, engineers need to be able to ship them fast. They don’t need to make them overly complicated, they don’t need to be perfect,” suggested Johnston, “they just need to work, and if they break, a new one can easily be built.”
culture  technology  top  stories  serverless 
may 2018 by jonerp
Five Reasons Why Machine Learning Needs To Make Resumes Obsolete
"The comparative analysis of high achievers’ characteristics with applicants takes seconds to complete, providing a list of prospects complete with profiles. Machine learning-derived profiles of potential hires meeting the high performers’ characteristics provided greater contextual intelligence than any resume ever could."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  applicant  tracking  systems  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning  recruitment  résumé 
may 2018 by jonerp
How Zero Trust Security Fuels New Business Growth
"Zero Trust Security (ZTS) strategies enabled by Next-Gen Access (NGA) are indispensable for assuring uninterrupted digital business growth, and are proving to be a scalable security framework for streamlining onboarding and systems access for sales channels, partners, patients, and customers of fast-growing businesses."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  enteprise  security  gdpr  next-gen  access  zero  trust 
may 2018 by jonerp
Facebook’s vulnerabilities
:Albright’s work has uncovered many things concerning Facebook’s approach to the investigation which you might call passive aggressive. For instance, when asked why it had not produced information about how many people had seen Instagram information produced by Russian operated troll accounts, a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said, “We have not been asked to provide that information.” So little curiosity…"
technology  software  crm  current  affairs  economics  facebook  zuckerberg 
may 2018 by jonerp
NetSuite under Oracle: a progress report
"The reality is the verticals NetSuite and its cloud ERP and CRM peers have developed “books of record” for leave massive sectors such as utilities, insurance, hospitality and healthcare mostly untouched. That’s a lot of white space for new entrants to target."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
april 2018 by jonerp
How To Close The Talent Gap With Machine Learning
"Many CEOs are also making greater diversity and inclusion their highest priority. Using advanced AI and machine learning techniques, a company founded by former Google and Facebook AI Scientists is showing potential in meeting these challenges. Founders Ashutosh Garg and Varun Kacholia have over 6000+ research citations and 80+ search and personalization patents. Together they founded Eightfold.ai as Varun says “to help companies find and match the right person to the right role at the right time and, for the first time, personalize the recommendations at scale.”
business  featured  posts  technology  software  artificial  intelligence  eightfold.ai  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning  recruiting  recruitment  talent  management 
april 2018 by jonerp
The State Of Cloud Business Intelligence, 2018
"Dashboards, advanced visualization, ad-hoc query, data integration, and self-service are the most-required Cloud BI features in 2018. Sales & Marketing need real-time feedback on key initiatives, programs, strategies, and progress towards goals. Dashboards and advanced visualization features’ dominance of feature requirements reflect this department’s ongoing need for real-time feedback on the progress of their teams towards goals. Reporting, data discovery, and end-user data blending (data preparation) make up the next tier of importance."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  and  big  data  cloud  bi  intelligence  computing  louis  columbus'  blog 
april 2018 by jonerp
83% Of Enterprises Are Complacent About Mobile Security
"The study found that the accelerating pace of cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile adoption is outpacing enterprises’ ability to scale security management, leaving companies vulnerable. When there’s a trade-off between the expediency needed to accomplish business performance goals and security, the business goals win the majority of the time. 32% of enterprises are sacrificing security for expediency and business performance, leaving many areas of their core infrastructure unsecured. Enterprises who made this trade-off of expediency over security were 2.4x as likely to suffer data loss or downtime."
featured  posts  technology  software  louis  columbus  mobile  security  verizon  wi-fi  zero  trust 
april 2018 by jonerp
Zoho at a crossroads: Stepping up means stepping out
"Zoho, on the other hand, has been successful and managed to maintain their culture and the loyalty of their customers and employees without a lot of business model transformation. They will continue to grow with that outlier model for a while yet, I would think. Past experience says that they probably will reach that limit in two or three years — but I don’t put anything beyond them, including accomplishing a lot more without changing the model."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  zoho  one  zoholics 
april 2018 by jonerp
What’s Missing From Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant For CPQ
"Magic quadrants and market analysis grids are designed to guide enterprise buyers to the best possible technologies for their needs. The recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) Application Suites, 2018 (client access reqd.) doesn’t address the most challenging problem enterprises face making CPQ strategies work, which is enterprise-wide systems integration. Members of the CPQ vendor landscape are growing complacent and need to intensify innovation efforts too."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  2018  and  quote  (cpq)  application  suites  byline=louis  columbus  configure  cpq  crm  gartner  magic  quadrant  for 
april 2018 by jonerp
SAPs new ERP pricing model: Quick analysis
" In addition to Trust, I wish this team had also been given Realism as a target. As I pointed out in my recent note on Uptake, value in software has been moving away from transaction processing to intelligence and analytics. Not sure the exchange/conversion values reflect the fact that ERP functionality pricing should have steadily declined over the last few decades. In a world where machines are doing more of the work at the front end of so many processes, improving quality of data etc. why should you continue to pay for (often duplicative) work by your ERP system at the back end of that process at the same rate you did a while ago?"
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
april 2018 by jonerp
Five Ways Machine Learning Can Save Your Company From A Security Breach Meltdown
"However, 62% of CEOs have the impression that multi-factor authentication is difficult to manage. Thus, their primary security concern is primarily driven by how to avoid delivering poor user experiences. In this context, machine learning can assist in strengthening the foundation of a multi-factor authentication platform to increase effectiveness while streamlining user experiences."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  cybersecurity  machine  learning  security  breach  zero  trust 
april 2018 by jonerp
CIO report card: IT must fix basic problems - by @mkrigsman
"Unfortunately, however, the survey also tells us that most IT departments have trouble with their most basic operational tasks. For example, look at these processes in the chart above: Equipment onboarding for new hires, password resets, requesting a new computer, and de-provisioning former employees are all within the control of IT."
featured  posts  technology  software 
march 2018 by jonerp
Microsoft PowerApps and Citizen Code - by @dealarchitect
"Mohammad, a pharmacist by training, considers himself a “tech enthusiast” – in the past he taught himself how to use Microsoft Access, then discovered and began using PowerApps, Flow, Power BI and the Common Data Service. Leveraging these tools, and learning through videos and help on the community forums, he built a solution combining all the Business Application Platform products."
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
february 2018 by jonerp
Looking ahead – what jobs will technology take away? - by @vijayasankarv
"My crystal ball is not any more effective than yours when it comes to looking into the future – but there are a few scenarios where I do think jobs will be taken away. If your job is in one of these categories, the smart thing to do is to gain additional skills. Just to be clear – I also think there won’t be any net job losses. As always – this is all strictly my personal views on the topic, and not that of my employer."
featured  posts  trends  &  concepts  ai  automation  future  of  work  job  loss  technology  uncategorized  universal  basic  income 
february 2018 by jonerp
Internet of Things Platforms: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform vs. Amazon Web Services
"Far in the lead in the cloud computing race is Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s own cloud offering. Among its main features are infrastructure as a service, cloud storage solutions, database system management, application and content migration, developer tools that make development faster, as well as machine learning capabilities. IoT-targeted features are available through the AWS IoT platform."
contributed  op-ed  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  azure  google  cloud  platform  internet  of  things  mobilunity  sensors 
february 2018 by jonerp
Looking ahead – what jobs will technology take away? - by @vijaysansakarv
"There are several jobs where the job needs very little original thinking. The critical thinking is done by few people who designed the workflow, and not by people executing. This would include things like preparing fast food, paying invoices, checking totals, scanning documents etc. These jobs are generally at risk given they are easily automated – and probably the only reason they are still around is because of the one time cost of implementing new technology. Given all tech will eventually commoditize, this is only a temporary safety net."
uncategorized  ai  automation  future  of  work  job  loss  technology  universal  basic  income 
february 2018 by jonerp
Security: What Enterprise Architects Need to Know Today
"With enterprise applications, the data is more valuable than the apps that consume the data. This is because the datasets are large, and often go back decades. They’re mostly stored in SQL databases, but in recent times, in NoSQL alternatives as well. The data is multifaceted and can be presented in many different ways within a single application or across multiple applications."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  equifax  security  sponsored  twistlock 
february 2018 by jonerp
Davos debrief Part 1 - by @dealarchitect
"That said, I heard several times where people were tying this back to social media and trust. You can draw a straight line through recent political events … You look at what happened in France. They went from a left-leaning government to a young centrist who had zero governmental experience. The UK had the Brexit."
trends  &  concepts  globalization  and  technology  industry  commentary 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Multicloud Will Win When the Cloud Wars Go Global
Data privacy is increasingly critical, particularly as breaches become both more frequent and more devastating. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is certainly a reflection of what will become more tightly monitored if not regulated space.

But even with GDPR, there will be industry-specific regulations that mandate protections, especially around data that is of security interest. In some cases, enterprises will find that tight control over data, being mindful of national borders, provides the right balance of risk mitigation and control."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  eu  general  data  protection  regulation  juniper  networks  multi-cloud 
february 2018 by jonerp
Machine Learning’s Greatest Potential Is Driving Revenue In The Enterprise - by @louiscolumbus
"CIOs challenging the status quo of their organization’s analytics direction are more likely to rely on roadmaps for defining and selling their vision of machine learning’s revenue contributions. More than 70% of early adopter CIOs have developed a roadmap for future business process changes compared with just 33% of average CIOs."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  ai  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  cio  machine  learning 
february 2018 by jonerp
How AI and Laser-Shooting Robots Can Boost Productivity in the Construction Industry
"According to the company, these relatively impressive improvements are made possible by their software, which is capable of differentiating between the complex set of interior components on any given construction site, ranging from plumbing, to electrical wiring and ventilation ductwork. All these items can be scanned three-dimensionally and mapped into Doxel’s cloud of data points, which are accurate up to 2 millimeters."
science  technology  top  stories  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  construction  deep  learning  doxel  lidar  robotics  robots 
february 2018 by jonerp
GE and Digital Transformations: Dont jump to conclusions - by @dealarchitect
"Go ahead and malign GE. Short its stock. But don’t ignore what it has shown us as possible when it comes to Big D. If you get timid and go with small d projects you will make the same mistake so many companies made in the 90s. Instead of proper process reengineering we took the easy way out – so called best practices embedded in packaged software. We ended up with massive overruns, bloated costs but not much better processes. With small d, yes you will feel good about being in the cloud, but your products, field service and business models will not have evolved."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary 
february 2018 by jonerp
The Impact of Spectre and Meltdown on the Cloud
"Spectre is worse. Not because we actually know how to use it to do something bad. Yet. It is worse because we don’t know how to mitigate it in a generic way, and because it proves that Meltdown wasn’t a flash in the pan. The threat remains, and erodes trust. When and if someone devises a practical exploit, we may indeed see a mitigation for it show up quickly. The exploit may be responsibly disclosed by security researchers at a company like Google. But it is entirely possible that hostile state actors will get there first, and the damages done between now and then may be considerable and difficult to quantify."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  heptio  meltdown  security  side-channel  attack  spectre 
february 2018 by jonerp
Rishi, Slack can be right for you. You just need the right tools and practices to focus your work. - by @ross
" Although Slack is positioned as a productivity tool, it becomes counterproductive when misused. Instant messaging applications enable communication that is online, synchronous and on-demand. This tends to be appropriate for interrupt-driven teams like those in customer service and sales. However, project-oriented teams tend to suffer from inundation. As a software developer in product development, I constantly seek and protect long-uninterrupted blocks of time. That is when I am able to create value of higher quality, faster."
technology  software  attention  communication  distraction  productivity  slack 
february 2018 by jonerp
Digital Trends 2018
"Digital transformation, then, is driving business change and technology innovation. Over the past few years, several technology trends have emerged or accelerated as a result of the modernization needs of businesses. For 2018, G2 Crowd research is tracking a list of these tech trends, and we’ve identified four broad technology areas that serve as the anchors or framework for ongoing analysis of technology trends, and their impact on modernizing businesses.

These technology anchors are:

AI
IoT
Cybersecurity
Digital Platforms"
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  2018  ai  analysis  artificial  intelligence  business  model  models  modernization  change 
february 2018 by jonerp
5 Essential Pieces of the Deep Learning Puzzle
"The amount of applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the enterprise means there’s no shortage of data. But many datasets can’t be used for deep learning because they’re too small, not structured, or untrustworthy. If machine learning models are trained with incomplete, unstructured, or inaccurate data, they can’t arrive at the best outcomes at best, and can even actively hurt the underlying application they are being applied to."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  amazon  sagemaker  artificial  intelligence  cafee2  data  deep  learning  frameworks  google  hypertune  grid  search 
february 2018 by jonerp
What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018 - by @dhinchcliffe
"This is where two new industry discussions have come into play recently, focusing on two other primary digital experiences that make it possible to deliver on customer experience in a sustainable way in fast-changing times: The worker experience and the partner/supplier experience."
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Quicksprout’s Neil Patel is Wrong [ SEO is NOT Dead! - by @bobwarfield
"The questions you need to ask yourself are simple:

Is my business built on chasing the latest hype, fashion, and trends or something more solid?
Do my customers always embrace the latest greatest or are they more mainstream?
At the present rate of growth, how long before the new new thing takes over enough to really impact my business?"
featured  posts  technology  software  blog 
february 2018 by jonerp
2018 Will be A Breakout Year For Supply Chain Analytics - by @louiscolumbus
"66% of supply chain leaders say advanced supply chain analytics are critically important to their supply chain operations in the next 2 to 3 years. The Hackett Group found the majority of supply chain leaders have a sense of urgency for getting advanced supply chain analytics implemented and contributing to current and future operations. The majority see the value of having advanced analytics that can scale across their entire supplier network."
business  technology  software  analytics  and  big  data  bi  byline=louis  columbus  logistics  louis  columbus'  blog  supply  chain  management 
january 2018 by jonerp
Google AI Achieves “Alien” Superhuman Mastery of Chess and Go in Mere Hours
"And it seems that Google’s subsidiary DeepMind has once again gotten one step closer to this goal with AlphaZero, their latest AI development. Their recently published pre-print research outlined how AlphaZero succeeded in handily beating one of the world’s top chess engines — after teaching itself and mastering the game in four hours and reaching a “superhuman” level of play in a mere 24 hours in not only chess but in two other different types of board games."
science  technology  top  stories  alphazero  artificial  general  intelligence  board  games  deep  neural  networks  deepmind  elmo  game  engines  gaming 
january 2018 by jonerp
Let the platform wars begin - by @denispombriant
"Other vendors, for instance Amazon with AWS and some others, see a different need and work to meet it. But primarily providing cloud infrastructure only addresses half of the challenge and amounts to saving money. That’s a great thing but when faced with making or saving money, 10 out of 9 (I said that right) executives who are given a choice will opt for making in money over simply saving it."
featured  posts  technology  software  crm  enterprise  oracle  platform  salesforce 
january 2018 by jonerp
10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective On Artificial Intelligence’s Growth - by @louiscolumbus
"Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are the three most in-demand skills on Monster.com. Just two years ago NLP had been predicted to be the most in-demand skill for application developers creating new AI apps. In addition to skills creating AI apps, machine learning techniques, Python, Java, C++, experience with open source development environments, Spark, MATLAB, and Hadoop are the most in-demand skills. Based on an analysis of Monster.com entries as of today, the median salary is $127,000 in the U.S. for Data Scientists, Senior Data Scientists, Artificial Intelligence Consultants and Machine Learning Managers."
business  technology  software  ai  startups  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  louis  machine  learning  stanford  one  hundred  year  study  on  (ai100)  university 
january 2018 by jonerp
Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed - by @dealarchitect
"My relative disappointment with enterprise platforms is one reason I was one of the few analysts who was not clamoring for Workday to open up its own platform. It did last year and I hope they set ambitious goals for partners who develop on its platform – make sure they are well funded, go after massive and underserved markets across verticals and geographies."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
By 2020 83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud - by @louiscolumbus
"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020. LogicMonitor’s survey is predicting that 41% of enterprise workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others) by 2020. An additional 20% are predicted to be private-cloud-based followed by another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms by 2020. On-premise workloads are predicted to shrink from 37% today to 27% of all workloads by 2020."
business  technology  software  amazon  aws  re:invent  web  services  byline=louis  columbus  cloud  computing  enterprise  adoption  landscape 
january 2018 by jonerp
SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it! - by @dealarchitect
"Even though its cloud acquisitions – SuccessFactors, Ariba, hybris, Concur etc – were not cheap, they have helped keep SAP competitive on this side of the pond. With what we have seen in the first couple of years of S/4HANA the ship is tilting back to the on-premise world. Oh sure it promises three options – public cloud, private cloud or on-premise but the public cloud option is a tiny portion of the deployments."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Oracle Database: Solid for Now - by @dealarchitect
"When I talk to corporate buyers, I get a similar vibe of “little love” for Oracle. They constantly evaluate open-source, NoSQL, HANA and other options. But the talent, systems management tools and other “bag of tricks” they have invested in to tune the database, recover from downtime etc. keep them grounded. Having said that Oracle sometimes misreads continued commitment to the database as customer loyalty."
technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Google Rankbrain SEO [ Best SEO Strategy Insights in 2018 - by @bobwarfield
"
It knows with great certainty when you have multiple pages targeting the same content or intent. It is therefore really good at penalizing you for that.
It knows when there’s a great web page for a certain concept that uses different keywords than what you’re searching for. You can still rank higher for targeting the exact keywords, but this capability shifts SEO from targeting keywords to targeting concepts and most importantly targeting high quality."
featured  posts  technology  software  blog 
january 2018 by jonerp
Cryptocurrency and central banking - by @denispombriant
"So far, cryptocurrencies lack any macroeconomic structures for managing things like inflation and recession and on exchanges they behave much like stocks. As we’ve seen in many mergers and acquisitions company stock can be used in part or in lieu of cash to enable the transaction provided both sides agree on the value represented by the stocks. But as an everyday currency that one might use to purchase groceries or pay a utility bill, cryptocurrencies are still way behind the curve."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptocurrency  economics 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Year of Intelligent Apps - by @dealarchitect
"What are intelligent apps? Let me cite a definition, Hasso Plattner of SAP used at SapphireNow. He invoked:

Intelligent Transactions – automate high-frequency repetitive tasks
Analytics – make data-driven insights available to everybody
Collaboration – tap into the collective intelligence of knowledge workers
Digital Assistant – provide the right answer at the right time

I would broaden the definition. For the last few years social, mobile, and cloud technologies reshaped the look and feel traditional enterprise apps. Now sensor data, automation, blockchains and vertical unbundling and morphing are transforming their guts."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary 
january 2018 by jonerp
The other technical debt - by @dealarchitect
"Vendors have been accumulating gobs of technical debt by not keeping the software up with the times, even though customers keep paying them maintenance or annual subscriptions. You see it manifested in many ways."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary  technical  debt 
december 2017 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden 80/20 of IT Spend: Where to Mine for Savings - by @jasondbusch
"On the webinar, I’ll be sharing quite a bit more on the topic of how best to drive IT category savings, as well as picking the brains of category experts who have much deeper knowledge than I do. But for now, I’ll tease you with a few ideas below on the category savings side. (Hint: Driving IT category savings starts with the same strategies and techniques that you would apply to other areas from a strategic sourcing and category management perspective.)"
business  category  management  general  news  l2  procurement  strategy  &  planning  technology  twenties 
december 2017 by jonerp
Monday’s Musings: What’s Top Of Mind From SAP Customers - by @rwang0
"Consequently, customers remain cautious and reserved in working with SAP sales reps to resolve this issue for fear of nullifying previous agreements and resulting in accidentally raising their overall total account value. Customers should work with their user groups such as the UK and Ireland SAP User Group have created a SAP Licensing Transparency Centre and other influencers familiar with the process."
#techoptimization  2017  amazon  web  services  apps  strategy  best  practices  blockchain  technology  boardroom  priorities  c-suite  c3  iot  cdo 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
How Human Workers Can Control Robots from Their Homes — with Virtual Reality
"It’s not clear what will happen, but it’s also possible that there’s a middle way. Rather than outright replacement, humans could be incorporated into the equation, working alongside collaborative robots or operating robots through virtual reality."
research  technology  csail  homunculus  model  massachusetts  institute  of  mit computer  science  and  artificial  intelligence  laboratory  oculus  rift  rethink  robotics  robots  telerobotics  virtual  reality 
november 2017 by jonerp
Connected Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and the Internet of Things (IoT) - by @tomraftery
"Beyond industry disruption, less need for parking would open up tremendous urban space in the form of unused lots and garages. Maybe this would mean more populous cities with room to build for more people to live more comfortably without traffic congestion or pollution. Or how about using some of the space for indoor vertical farming using hydroponics technology and LED lights to grow more food and feed more people? Of course, this is already happening. But that’s a blog for another time."
featured  posts  technology  software  autonomous  vehicle  connected  car  internet  of  things  (iot)  iot  tesla 
november 2017 by jonerp
Tech Goes to Washington - by @benthompson #facebook #google
"Still, Kennedy’s two lines of questions combined revealed the tech companies’ testimony for the paradox it was: on the one hand, their sheer scale means it is impossible to fully stamp out activities like Russian meddling; on the other, that same scale means they all have the most intimate information on nearly everyone."
articles  aggregation  theory  distribution  and  transaction  costs  facebook  google  owning  customer  relationship  politics  privacy  search  social  technology  society  twitter 
november 2017 by jonerp
Raising the Bar – for clouds, renewables and digital – Part 1 - by @dealarchitect
"Amazon started off very well, delivering price cuts just about every quarter. But now, managed services partners have jumped on the bandwagon and dilute its attractiveness. Salesforce is actually confirming its service partners make $ 4 to 5 for every $ 1 it charges. Not very comforting to customers who thought that went away with on-premise systems."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
november 2017 by jonerp
RAND’s blockchain challenges and opportunities
"No doubt because the BSI commissioned the Report, its focus is on standards. There is relatively little examination of the processing implications (including the speed and size of DLT/blockchains). The description: “the distributed nature of DLT/blockchain systems and the need for increased computing power could involve high energy consumption and associated costs” does not explore the issues in depth. Similarly, the merits of interworking DLT/blochchains could do with more depth."
blockchain  homepage  slider  latest  news  british  standards  institute  bsi  database  distributed  ledger  technology  dlt  iso  rand  corporation  europe  transactions 
october 2017 by jonerp
Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle, IBM Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use
"For OpenWorld, Oracle launched a Blockchain-as-a-Service, to be released in early 2018. The service will bundle the technology, make the system private, and guarantee compliance with all regulations, all of which have issues with getting enterprise companies on board, according to Frank Xiong, Oracle vice president of blockchain product development."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  black  book  research  blockchains  data  distributed  databases  systems  ibm  openworld  2017  oracle 
october 2017 by jonerp
Citizen development with @FlowForma and @JohnRRymer - by @skemsley
"The discussion at the end had an interesting bit on the changing role of business analysts, who typically fall into the power user category from Rymer’s earlier categorization, although I see a lot of these who have transferred from IT groups are are really business developers. In the past, BAs work has been focused on creating written requirements, whereas low-code platforms allow them to create a working prototype as part of the requirements."
technology  software  bpm  low  code 
october 2017 by jonerp
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