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How a bad board of directors could kill HPE

February 24, 2017 - 8:51pm

HPE just released its financials and the picture is anything but pretty. Not only are almost all of their major businesses in decline, but it reduced its outlook, suggesting things aren’t going to be getting better soon.

While some of this may have been an effort to push revenues into the prior quarter to make Meg Whitman, HPE’s CEO, look better when she was placed into Hillary Clinton’s cabinet (a strategy that likely showcases that Whitman is incredibly unlucky when it comes to politics), the real problems are bigger than Whitman.  

What I found particularly scary was Whitman’s comments that HPE was on the right track when cash flow from operations dropped from a painful negative $75 million from last year to a whopping negative $1.5 billion. That is like being on the Titanic, seeing the iceberg, and having the captain say “no problem, full steam ahead!”

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IDG Contributor Network: 4 ways IT leaders can get each day off to a strategic start

February 24, 2017 - 7:31pm

If you aren’t grasping control at daybreak, you may be setting up your entire day to be all about reacting rather than leading.

Let’s face it, the odds are stacked against you. Technology never sleeps. People who depend on technology use it around the clock. And everything is changing all the time.

As an IT Leader, you face a continuous stream of new demands appear, new threats, and new opportunities.

That’s what makes the job exciting. But also what makes it difficult to manage, particularly for leaders. Even if you have a crack team, the best vendors, and robust systems.

One way to gain an advantage is to exert control right out of the gate, by taking control of yourself first. After all, if the leader isn’t in great shape for the day, the team is going to be limited.

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IDG Contributor Network: How to stop your smart TV from spying on you

February 24, 2017 - 7:25pm

I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear the word “spying,” I think of some guy with a camera lurking in the closet.

So maybe spying isn’t exactly the right word for what your smart TV is capable of doing.

But if you’re watching a smart TV, Roku or any other related internet television device, there’s a good chance it is monitoring everything you watch and reporting that information back to a data collection agency.

This information is analyzed and responds back to you with viewing suggestions and advertising geared toward your viewing habits and preference.  All day long, corporate computers are monitoring your smart TV, really, only in order to hopefully sell you something.

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IDG Contributor Network: The permanent web for healthcare with IPFS and blockchain

February 24, 2017 - 7:13pm

How do you determine if your organization is designing innovating experiences? There is a simple question that provides that answer. Ask yourself, “Is the organization talking about IPFS?” If the answer is yes, you’re likely relevant to the healthcare innovation discussion. If, however, the answer is no, your organization has missed the innovation bus. IPFS, a foundational technology, will transform healthcare by 2020.

The relationships between IPFS and blockchain

The joining of IPFS and blockchain technologies is a natural partnership. Together the outcome is a powerful distributed permanent digital ledger that is accessible across heterogeneous systems.

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IDG Contributor Network: Medical professionals provide improved patient care through artificial intelligence

February 24, 2017 - 6:30pm

Today, we are seeing the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare as it helps us integrate disparate data types to answer complex questions that were previously unknown. According to the recent PwC Health Research Institute’s annual report, emerging technologies, including AI, are being deployed in healthcare and have great potential to disrupt in 2017.

This is exciting news! But the report stresses that healthcare organizations must coordinate and collaborate across the digital health ecosystem with human beings at the forefront to ensure that this new, rich intelligence is managed, protected and properly applied to patient care.

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IDG Contributor Network: Healthcare technology experts contemplate the Trump effect

February 24, 2017 - 5:30pm

There's a lot of speculation about what will happen to healthcare innovation and technology under the Trump administration.

How will the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impact healthcare technology? What is the future of innovation in and around value-based care delivery?

In a Nov. 10, 2016, post on CIO.com, fellow IDG Contributors Network blogger Paddy Padmanabhan predicted that "A Trump presidency is less likely to enact legislation that will result in a dismantling of any of the IT investments and infrastructure in healthcare; it's more likely bring about policy changes that will leverage the digital infrastructure that is already in place."

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IDG Contributor Network: Project consolidation continues at The Linux Foundation

February 24, 2017 - 4:51pm

It seems that the Linux Foundation is entering consolidation mode with its growing number of networking projects. In October last year the foundation merged ON.Lab with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). The foundation is now merging AT&T’s ECOMP and Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) to create a new project called Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project whose focus is automating, designing, orchestrating and managing services and virtual functions.

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Top 3 easiest-to-use activity trackers

February 24, 2017 - 1:58pm

Looking for an activity tracker to measure your heart rate or estimate your VO2 max score? This blog post isn’t for you. But if you want a simple, straightforward way to track steps and a few other activities — and you don't know what a VO2 max score is — you’re in luck. Here are three basic activity trackers worth buying.

Fitbit Zip

With its retro smiley face, easy-to-read screen and affordable price ($60), Zip is Fitbit’s entry-level activity tracker. Plus, its battery lasts for up to six months, Fitbit says.

You don’t get a lot of features other Fitbits offer, such as automatic sleep tracking or exercise detection. And Zip has been on the market since late 2012, an eternity for a tech product. But for a basic, inexpensive tracker, you won’t go wrong with Zip.

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IDG Contributor Network: Apple: Transgender bathrooms instead of new Macs?

February 24, 2017 - 12:54pm

One of the things I liked best about Steve Jobs was that he more or less kept Apple out of partisan politics. Oh sure, everybody knew that Jobs himself was a liberal in terms of politics, but he never used Apple as a platform to push a partisan political agenda.

Steve Jobs knew quite well that people with all different kinds of politics were Apple customers, so he steered the company away from getting directly involved in politics. This had the beneficial effect of preventing people from resenting Apple on the basis of partisan politics.

Tim Cook, on the other hand, seems completely unable to follow in Jobs’ footsteps when it comes to using Apple as a political platform. Cook has gone full SJW [social justice warrior] and seems unable to keep his politics to himself while acting in the role of Apple’s CEO.

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IDG Contributor Network: Tip No. 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed

February 24, 2017 - 12:30pm

A key success factor in agile data management is self-managing teams. As a leader of self-managing teams, you need to develop a unique set of skills, moving from command and control to communication and enablement.

This is the second installment of my series entitled “Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams.” Here I discuss Tip No 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed.

Everyone needs coaching

A leader of self-managing teams should provide coaching at both the team level and the individual team member level. Coaching involves a number of activities: giving feedback to the team, working one on one with team members, and demonstrating positive behaviors for others to model.

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IDG Contributor Network: Last week's CRM success story started back in 2002

February 24, 2017 - 12:30pm

Back in 2002 — the Dark Ages,  by tech standards — customer relationship management was white-hot. Siebel Systems had just hit its peak at 45 percent market share and Salesforce.com (which would later acquire Siebel) was nipping at its heels. Determined not to be left behind, large enterprise software vendors like IBM and SAP had begun building their own CRM solutions as IT analyst firms frantically updated their quadrants and waves.

Back then, I was a management consultant. My clients, large Fortune 500 companies with bloated IT budgets, were frantically issuing RFPs, buying CRM systems, plugging them in, and expecting sales to detonate. Of course, when that didn’t happen, they blamed their tools. Hoping for Gonzo Marketing — the title of a popular book at the time — sales and marketing executives instead had to justify seven-figure cap-ex costs to their boards.

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Verizon scores a decisive win in wireless shootout

February 23, 2017 - 9:16pm

Sorry T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Verizon has beaten you handily in an extensive series of tests of wireless network performance.

RootMetrics, an independent testing company based in Seattle, performed thousands of tests in 125 metropolitan areas across the U.S., measuring speed, quality and reliability of voice calls, texting and data downloads. When the tests – all conducted in the last half of 2016 -- were tallied, Verizon came out on top or tied for first 658 times. The closest to Verizon was AT&T with 372 wins and ties, followed by T-Mobile with 270 and Sprint with 246.

 Although Sprint fared poorly in many tests, the number-4 carrier earned high marks when it came to call reliability, a key measure of quality for consumers. Indeed, RootMetrics said Sprint was “outstanding” when it came to call reliability and earned an “excellent” rating for that metric in all 125 metro areas it tested.

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IDG Contributor Network: Payers of chronic care: why not spend a little to save a lot?

February 23, 2017 - 5:01pm

Healthcare transformation is in the news again. Once again the dialogue will focus on the most frustrating constant of providing care: costs always increase. But there is another constant in healthcare that rarely makes the mainstream discussion: over half the costs are due to the lack of engagement of the chronically ill with their therapy. The CDC says that 86 percent of all U.S. healthcare costs are due to chronic disease and over 50 percent of those costs are attributable to patient behavior. Responsibility for the lack of attention usually focuses care givers, i.e. the need for Accountable Care Organizations, and occasionally politicians who believe this is a “third rail” topic. The reality is a problem of this magnitude is going to take the best efforts of all parties — payers, provider, politicians and patients. Unfortunately one party, the payers, are not yet engaging on changing the behavior of the chronically ill and, in my experience, in fact have financial policies that push in the opposite direction.

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IDG Contributor Network: A look at India’s biometric ID system: digital APIs for a connected world

February 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

The consistency of government-issued ID ensures connection to government benefits and financial services, limiting fraud, waste and abuse. In India, a lack of a national identification system has restricted access to public-sector goods and services. Indians had struggled when obtaining a driver's license or even enabling a mobile phone if they didn't have identification. That has changed. India has emerged as a global leader in digital identification and has established the largest database of biometrics in the world.

Aadhaar: a national identification system

The classic debate over the merits of open free markets and a system of imposed central control by government is a foundational quandary of democracy. A question that comes to the forefront is this: Have open markets offered a road to growth and prosperity, or is a central operator a crucial element of the economic balance?

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IDG Contributor Network: 2 ways new security technology will change your life

February 23, 2017 - 1:04pm

Like water always flows through the path of least resistance, humans gravitate towards the most efficient ways of living. As a global community, our ability to quickly adapt to new methods and technologies has allowed our species to dominate the world. Our progress, however, is rarely achieved without periods of rapid change.

In the early 1800s, locomotive trains were first presented as a new, high-speed method of transportation. For a brief period, many feared that people, especially women, would simply melt away and die if they were to go faster than 25 miles per hour. Moving forward two hundred years, in 2014 analysts were declaring that streaming services would never be profitable. Yet, as the incredible convenience of on-demand programming has taken root with consumers across all demographics, it is clear that services like Netflix will destroy “traditional” content providers including satellite television.

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IDG Contributor Network: iOS: Disable auto-play sound in Facebook videos

February 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Facebook has made changes to how its iOS app plays videos. The company has decided to make videos automatically play sound, so now you’ll be stuck hearing advertisements and other babble when you scroll through your newsfeed.

Not to worry, you can disable Facebook’s annoying auto-play sound in videos on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. A writer at Lifehacker has a quick and easy way to do it.

Patrick Allan reports for Lifehacker:

For your iPhone and iPad devices, start by opening the Facebook app and logging in if you haven’t already. Then:

1. Tap the three-lined hamburger button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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IDG Contributor Network: How Domo is humanizing business data and making an impact

February 23, 2017 - 12:39pm

For years the promise of business intelligence (BI) tools has been a straightforward one that pretty much anyone can understand. And yet achieving it has been incredibly complicated.

Reduced to its basics, the promise goes like this: If you pay sufficiently close attention to your company’s day-to-day operating data – essentially what’s selling well and not selling well – you’ll discover new insights about your business that previously may not have been clear. And once discovered, they can lead you to actions that can either make you money or save you money.

And who doesn’t want to do either? It’s the sort of brass ring that MBA students dream about: A sudden discovery of an overlooked marketplace wrinkle leads to millions of dollars’ worth of new sales – or savings – leading to promotion in the workplace, big bonus payments, a Wall Street Journal write-up, and calls from big-shot headhunters.

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IDG Contributor Network: Making Munich Microsoft again

February 22, 2017 - 10:37pm

A lot has been written about this story so I am not going into detail. The TL;DR version is that the City of Munich is planning to ditch the vendor-neutral technologies that it adopted some ten years ago and go back to Microsoft. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written a very good article on why Munich should not do that.

In addition to the points raised by Vaughan-Nichols, I can also see that Munich politicians are ignoring some things that are going to hurt the German economy. The IT infrastructure of the city of Munich primarily relies on three or four core components: an operating system, a productivity suite to create and manage documents, an email service or groupware solution and a cloud service to store and sync files across the organization.

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IDG Contributor Network: How to evaluate your service providers in 2017

February 22, 2017 - 8:45pm

In a video discussion, General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt discussed digital transformation and stated that companies must “either embrace the future or you’ll find yourself not able to satisfy your customers.” Third-party IT and business service providers also face a changing market and are taking steps to align themselves with the new business realities and new market opportunities — which is what brings me to the discussion in this blog post. You need to understand the current debate in the service industry and how the providers’ decisions can affect your company.

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IDG Contributor Network: 6 reasons to hire a marketing consultant

February 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

It’s easy to get prideful and believe you have everything under control. While pride may be part of the human condition, they also say it comes before the fall.

If you’re in need of some help, it’s time to consider hiring a consultant. The right one can bring a lot of value to the table.

What’s a marketing consultant?

While many marketers claim to be “consultants” at some point in their careers, most don’t start out that way. Consultant work is usually the byproduct of a career spent working in a variety of different areas of marketing — typically with a great degree of success.

“Most marketing consultants have gained years of experience in previous marketing positions before entering the independent consulting field. While many years of experience are ideal for consultants, their previous work speaks louder than the amount of time they've spent in marketing,” Marketing-Schools.org explains.

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