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As we get ready to welcome spring and to close out the first quarter of this year, we offer hearty congratulations to these new CIOs.
Martha Gallo was promoted from chief auditor to CIO with AIG.
Kevin Chase joined Sempra Energy as CIO. Previously, Chase served as CIO and senior vice president of Technology and Supply Chain at Energy Future Holdings.
John Barden joined Yale University as associate vice president and CIO. Previously, Barden served as CTO & associate CIO, Applications & Architecture at the University of Rochester
IDG Contributor Network: The biggest data play yet could be coming from a company you've never heard of
There is a lot of talk about big data and how important it is to big business. Not a lot of focus has been put on how inaccessible data is--or how the sources of data are so disconnected. There are many publicly accessible repositories of legitimate, raw data but it is often useless without normalization or visualization to make the data digestible to the point an average person can gain applicable insights without knowledge of SQL or R.
We are living in an era where data is being is produced at an exponential rate and no one can stop it. With the implementation of the internet of things (IoT), the advancements in sensor technology--and mass adoption of both--there are new categories of data being created. From air quality, water quality, supply chain, food production, energy, transportation and financial data--the sources or creators of the data typically follow an outdated information-system model that results in the data being locked in a silo and generally inaccessible to other parties.
Deep learning has been used to transform artificial intelligence (AI) development, whether it is from beating players in games like Go or poker to improving self-driving AI. But perhaps the most important changes for most of us is how AI advances and machine learning are affecting healthcare. In January, a medical startup won FDA approval for an AI-assisted cardiac imaging system called Arterys, and AI is playing vital roles in other health fields such as fighting cancer and aging. NVIDIA boasts that with deep learning, “AI can help doctors make faster, more accurate diagnoses. It can predict the risk of a disease in time to prevent it.”
Microsoft really wants all of us on Windows 10. And it's done asking nicely. For many users of Windows 7 and 8.1, upgrade cajolery just morphed into something that looks a lot like upgrade coercion. (It had already tried upgrade trickery.)
I’m sick and tired of this. Windows 10 is OK, but I still prefer Windows 7, thank you very much. I’m not the only one.
The Federal Digital Analytics Program (DAP), which gives the broadest and most accurate reading on operating system popularity, showed in mid-March that Windows 7, with 24.6% percent of all users, is still far more popular than Windows 10, with which sits at 17.3%. Windows 8.x comes in third, with 3.7%. In short, there are still a heck of a lot more Windows 7 and 8.x users than there are Windows 10 users. But Microsoft has made it clear it wants everyone on a single operating system — namely Windows 10.
iPad sales have been sluggish in recent years, and Apple has become painfully aware of how its tablet sales pale in comparison to iPhone sales. Now the company has released a new, cheaper iPad that starts at $329 for 32GB and goes up to $429 for 128GB.
But is the new iPad worth the money?
Well let’s start with the tech specs of the new, cheaper iPad. MacRumors has a list of what you can expect from the new iPad in terms of hardware:
The new 9.7-inch iPad is similar in many ways to the iPad Air 2, which had an A8X chip and started at $399, but slightly thicker and heavier with a faster A9 chip and a brighter Retina display. Another difference is that the new 9.7-inch iPad does not have a fully laminated display or anti-reflective coating per its tech specs.
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) has a vice grip on everyone's attention right now. We have started entrenching it into our organizational structures with chief artificial intelligence officers, while simultaneously developing strategies to protect ourselves from the future threat posed by super-intelligent computers.
But while the jury is still out on how A.I. will shape the future, it is actively shaping our present. Versions of this technology have found their way into the highest echelons of government, medicine, defense and business.
As organizations going through M&A transactions begin to emerge from the massive surge of work, CIOs must consider how they can pivot toward an operating model that drives digital value. We have already explored the areas of the IT workforce to assess before M&A activity, and how to seize the value of the surge to reconfigure IT. Mapping the digital journey from the surge to a longer-term vision is a significant challenge for every business, because over half of IT leaders do not even have a digital transformation plan. For IT, this means having a road map that addresses the technological changes like cloud, modular applications and data management, as well as the cultural changes required to shift the way people learn and work. Given the massive level of disruption, it is not enough for tech leaders to just navigate the transaction and then hope for the best — there has to be a clear and actionable road map for building digital DNA.
Target CEO Brian Cornell began his talk on the stage of ShopTalk in Las Vegas this week telling the audience, "The future of retail is digital," a gutsy statement from the head of a public company who currently gets less than 5 percent of its $75 billion in revenue from digital.
Cornell described his vision of how Target intends to make its network of 1,800 stores a strategic asset to win in the digital world, and how they are planning to invest billions of dollars to do it.
Cornell's vision is the Target store as a "Hyperlocal, shoppable distribution center." With a store within 4 miles of 50 percent of the U.S. population and they envision a competitive advantage in "last mile" delivery including same-day delivery, as well as a convenient "pick up" center for items ordered online. Interestingly, although Target's current digital revenue is only $3.5 billion (nothing to sneeze at but a tiny fraction of their total scale), Cornell says over 50 percent of digital purchases are picked up in the store (and as much as 80 percent during holiday peaks).
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, goes the old saying. And it appears that pay TV providers, under pressure from streaming video companies like Netflix, have decide to find common ground with their rivals – and that’s turning into a win for consumers.
Comcast, which added Netflix to its X1 pay TV service in November, just announced that subscribers can access the popular streaming service for free during its April “Watchathon.” And AT&T is giving away an Apple TV to consumers who subscribe to the more expensive tiers of its DirecTV Now service.
IDG Contributor Network: Crisis prevention and hypocrisy in hiding: a lesson for technology companies
If there is a lesson for technology companies, if there is a universal rule that applies to all industries, if there is a maxim every executive should remember, and every business should follow, it is this: If you preach about innovation and transparency — if you make the avoidance of evil your governing philosophy — then you had better mean it.
One need look no further than the conflicts involving — as well as accusations of price-fixing and collusion (by South Africa's Competition Commission) surrounding — Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. It’s hard to imagine a worse headline (or viral tweet) than “A fish rots from the head: CEO oversees monopoly practices/worker harassment/developing country exploitation/environmental degradation. Under Polman, Unilever has faced charges or admitted guilt to all of the above.
I recently came across an observation about parenting that I think is wisely applicable to business decisions: “When we make assumptions, we contribute to the complexity rather than the simplicity of a problem, making it more difficult to solve.” It’s a trap that companies often fall into at the outset of a digital or business transformation initiative aimed at achieving breakthrough performance.
Leaders tasked with driving the transformation are asked to plan how to reach the end-state goals in the company’s vision. But those detailed plans and road maps fail with a high degree of regularity. The problem: even though they know the destination, they don’t know what challenges await them and what adjustments will be necessary on the multi-year journey.
I’ve written multiple blog posts about artificial intelligence (A.I.) and other emerging technologies. A.I. is certainly a disruptive technology on the road ahead, but there is one thing that all industries require, no matter how advanced their technology, and that’s great people. High performers, A players, next-generation leaders — call them what you will, but if you don’t have a method to build and retain a pipeline of talent, you put your company at risk of extinction.
In my view, you must think of the entire life cycle of an employee to ensure that you are building a team that will last. Given my lengthy tenure, I’ve been fortunate to have been personally involved in every step of the life cycle. Based on that experience, here’s my take on the life cycle of employee engagement.
When Apple first released the iPhone SE, many people scoffed at the idea of an updated 4-inch iPhone. But the iPhone SE proved to be quite popular among iPhone users, and the small phone naysayers were left with egg on their faces.
One of the biggest complaints about the original iPhone SE was that it offered only 16 GB of storage in its cheapest model. Apple has now fixed that problem and buffed the storage up to 32 GB for the entry level model which will sell for $399, and 128 GB for the next model up which will sell for $499.
So is the new iPhone SE worth buying?The new iPhone SE has larger storage but no other hardware upgrades
Obviously the upgraded storage adds real value to the iPhone SE and makes it much more attractive for many users. Let’s face it 16 GB was a bit of a joke, and it was far too easy to fill that up without even trying very hard. 64 GB was a bit better but even that can be easily filled up with 4K photos, videos, games and various apps.
Let’s face it, automation isn’t cheap. However, when done well, it can make your testing effort far more efficient and help you get to market faster. When done poorly, it can burn through your budget without providing any real benefit. In the following list, I will highlight some warning signs that indicate your automation effort is in trouble. Hopefully, this knowledge will help you find gaps and improve your current and future automation efforts.1. Engineers can’t run their tests on demand
The first thing I do when I go into a new environment with existing automation is ask to see the automation run. It is shocking how often the engineers can’t execute their own tests. This situation almost always means that the code is a mess and they aren't keeping up on maintenance, or that the code never worked in the first place.
To be “enterprising” is to be eager to undertake or prompt to attempt. To show initiative and be resourceful. These are leadership traits, so to be enterprising is to lead. “Analytics” is how we use data to inform decision-making, in the context of achieving business objectives. These are management practices, so analytics is about management.
“Enterprising Analytics” is about being creative, resourceful and adventurous with decision-making to achieve business objectives. It is about the set of leadership and management practices that need to be in place for an organization to make the most of its analytics investment.
With the Ryzen 7 launch just two weeks old and Ryzen 5 nearly upon us, AMD’s comeback CPUs are generating as much controversy, confusion, and misinformation as they are excitement. We're cutting through the chatter to give you the real answers about AMD’s new CPU.Perception: Ryzen runs hot Reality: Not true
Despite really low thermal design power (TDP) ratings, Ryzen chips have oddly been labeled as running hot. The problem seems to relate to how utilities are reading the new chips' on-die sensors. AMD, in fact, just disclosed that certain CPUs feature offsets that make it look like they're running hot.
“In the short term, users of the AMD Ryzen 1700X and 1800X can simply subtract 20°C to determine the true junction temperature of their processor. No arithmetic is required for the Ryzen 7 1700. Long term, we expect temperature monitoring software to better understand our tCTL offsets to report the junction temperature automatically,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Containers have become a critical component of modern cloud, and Docker Inc. controls the heart of containers, the container runtime.
There has been a growing demand that this critical piece of technology should be under control of a neutral, third party so that the community can invest in it freely.
Last year in December, Docker open sourced docker runtime and released it as ‘containerd’ and started shopping for an independent party to oversee and manage the project. They have found a home, and as expected, it’s none other than the Linux Foundation.
Despite what it would seem, Apple was actually early to the smart home market. The 2014 release of the HomeKit app introduced the concept of what should have been an easy and popular introduction for many people to smart home features through their cell phones.
The app features connectivity to Apple TV, which could connect to smart tech like lightbulbs, A/C units and lock mechanisms. The limit was the requirement of an Apple TV which, it turns out, most people weren’t interested in purchasing. At over $100, the device is a costly addition to the list of Apple products required.
Three years later, Apple is way behind other major players in the smart home game. Google and Amazon are having far more success with their smart home appliances, the Google Home device and the Alexa Smart Speaker and Echo respectively.
I’ve been asking myself this question lately and am increasingly stunned by the implications. Let me explain.
We all know Moore’s Law and its derivatives; however Singularity University thinker and acclaimed futurist, Ray Kurzweil, came up with the idea of The Law of Accelerating Returns way back in 2001. One thing it says is, “Technology...is a process of creating ever more powerful technology using the tools from the previous round of innovation.” He asserts that this type of evolutionary process creates exponential growth in measurable things like CPU per transistor count. Hello, Moore’s Law.
Are you app-solutely missing the boat?
These days, we carry our smartphones everywhere. People are using them to play, order food, make purchases, do research, communicate, check reviews, read books, find love and generally get by day to day. Some people are even running their business from their phone! In fact, many of you probably prefer using apps over your desktop when it comes to things like checking emails, updating your social media accounts or checking your online banking.
Smartphones have already revolutionized the way brands can market to consumers through branded apps that connect businesses to their customers 24/7. Brands are already using apps successfully to connect with their customers, think of Dominoes and Starbucks, Ebay and Amazon they are using apps really successfully. Apps offer a far more direct marketing channel now than ever in the past, from an push notification that offers you a personalized offer when smart geolocation technology detects a customer is near their store, to in-app offers that offer a 10 percent discount if you purchase those 3 items that have been sitting in your basket for the past 3 days.