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USDA-RMA CIO: For digital transformation to succeed, remove fear

CIO.com - Business Analytics - June 8, 2017 - 7:18pm

In the 1930s, a combination of severe drought, over-plowing, wind erosion and unsustainable farming methods led to the massive dust storms—known as "black blizzards" or "dusters"—that defined the Dust Bowl. Congress authorized the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal to help sustain the agricultural sector by providing farmers with crop insurance.

Today, the FCIC is maintained under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA), and CIO Chad Sheridan acknowledges the historical legacy of the agency while working diligently to digitally transform for the future. 

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Categories: ERP

IDG Contributor Network: Why Google might lose the enterprise AI wars

CIO.com - Opinion - June 8, 2017 - 3:25pm

“Google has never understood enterprise,” asserts Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind. By contrast, Nicholson gets how businesses think. His company builds Deeplearning4j, the leading open-source enterprise-ready library for deep learning. “You can do anything you want in consumer, because people aren’t paying. In enterprise, your customers hand you eight figure checks and expect top-notch professional service along with golf games and steak dinners.”

The three current leaders in cloud computing services - Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and IBM (IBM Cloud) - understand this dynamic very well. While Google is widely acknowledged as the defacto leader in AI research with DeepMind and Google Brain, winning the “Machine Learning As A Service” (MLaaS) wars is much harder than simply releasing free tools like TensorFlow.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Why Google might lose the enterprise AI wars

CIO.com - IT industry - June 8, 2017 - 3:25pm

“Google has never understood enterprise,” asserts Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind. By contrast, Nicholson gets how businesses think. His company builds Deeplearning4j, the leading open-source enterprise-ready library for deep learning. “You can do anything you want in consumer, because people aren’t paying. In enterprise, your customers hand you eight figure checks and expect top-notch professional service along with golf games and steak dinners.”

The three current leaders in cloud computing services - Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), and IBM (IBM Cloud) - understand this dynamic very well. While Google is widely acknowledged as the defacto leader in AI research with DeepMind and Google Brain, winning the “Machine Learning As A Service” (MLaaS) wars is much harder than simply releasing free tools like TensorFlow.

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IDG Contributor Network: How to Launch a Successful Video Product Review Campaign

CIO.com - Opinion - June 8, 2017 - 3:18pm

Video content is powerful. From a marketing perspective, user-generated content is even more powerful. But if you’ve never run a user-generated video review campaign in the past, trying to start one from scratch can be a little intimidating. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

The Power of Video Product Reviews

The power of video as a content medium is undeniable. All you have to do is take a look at some of the different data points and statistics curated by HubSpot:

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: How to Launch a Successful Video Product Review Campaign

CIO.com - IT industry - June 8, 2017 - 3:18pm

Video content is powerful. From a marketing perspective, user-generated content is even more powerful. But if you’ve never run a user-generated video review campaign in the past, trying to start one from scratch can be a little intimidating. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be difficult.

The Power of Video Product Reviews

The power of video as a content medium is undeniable. All you have to do is take a look at some of the different data points and statistics curated by HubSpot:

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IDG Contributor Network: The New York Times is winning at digital

CIO.com - Opinion - June 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

Most of today’s media “success stories” are about digitally “native” companies like Google and Facebook. Meanwhile, many of the great brands of the pre-digital era seem to be struggling for mere survival in the face of digital disruption. And it’s hard to think of a media segment more threatened by digital than newspapers.  As advertisers have shifted more of their budget to web and mobile,  almost 70% of all newspaper advertising dollars have evaporated over the last 15 years.

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Categories: Opinion

How CIOs can help close the gender-equity gap

CIO.com - Opinion - June 8, 2017 - 11:05am

The gender pay gap is as wide as ever. Women remain severely underrepresented and underpaid in the global workforce, earning, on average, $100 for every $140 a man earns. But we can help change this. Digital technologies may be what ultimately helps women get into work, advance and close the gender pay gap.

At Accenture, we conducted global research – Getting to Equal 2017 – which examines the challenges and opportunities in helping close the gender pay gap. We found that women graduating in 2020 from universities in developed markets could be the first generation to close the pay gap in 2044, well within their professional lifetimes.

But what role should companies—and CIOs—have in harnessing the power of digital technologies to help close the gap? Our research spanning 29 countries found three powerful “equalizers” that could help women advance in their careers, increase their income and close the pay gap.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: The case for data-centric audit and protection in the Information Age

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

Chief Information Officers and Chief Information Security Officers, as well as anyone interested in protecting their enterprise data, find themselves at a turning point in history. As the rise of the Information Age has made data more valuable than ever before, hackers have never posed a more severe societal threat than they do today. The examples of major security breaches are so numerous even from only the past year that there’s no need to list them specifically. The havoc they’ve wreaked is unimaginable.

Identity and access management provides a certain level of protection, but its walls are crumbling and access control and encryption aren’t enough. In addition, new regulations such as the General Data Regulation Protection (GDPR) and other international standards are starting to place the responsibility for security breaches squarely on the shoulders of the enterprises that are breached. Finally, hackers aren’t giving in, growing up, or going away anytime soon, especially considering the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the security vulnerabilities it represents.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Plausibility as a data quality metric...Are you kidding, ECB?

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:31pm

In Financial Services companies, It is a long game explaining to the business about the benefits of good data quality. Historically any data quality initiatives were being downgraded by CFOs / CEOs while regulatory initiatives were prioritised. Data professionals were longing to create a structured framework for data governance and data quality. After a long period, Data professionals are delighted that the banking industry is coming to terms with data governance and data quality initiatives largely driven by regulatory pressures such as BCBS 239.

Certain regulators are taking the data quality regime to the next level by defining data quality in a more holistic way. For example European Central Bank (ECB) has included “Plausibility” as a measure of data quality. ECB has broken Plausibility in to two; “Stability” and “Outlier analysis”.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Plausibility as a data quality metric...Are you kidding, ECB?

CIO.com - IT industry - June 7, 2017 - 1:31pm

In Financial Services companies, It is a long game explaining to the business about the benefits of good data quality. Historically any data quality initiatives were being downgraded by CFOs / CEOs while regulatory initiatives were prioritised. Data professionals were longing to create a structured framework for data governance and data quality. After a long period, Data professionals are delighted that the banking industry is coming to terms with data governance and data quality initiatives largely driven by regulatory pressures such as BCBS 239.

Certain regulators are taking the data quality regime to the next level by defining data quality in a more holistic way. For example European Central Bank (ECB) has included “Plausibility” as a measure of data quality. ECB has broken Plausibility in to two; “Stability” and “Outlier analysis”.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why blockchain is the future of IoT

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:21pm

The Internet of Things is rapidly expanding its potential to transform everyday life with smart homes, cities, farms and manufacturing facilities. There are huge growth prospects for the market, when considering the prediction of the Gartner report that there will be more than 20 billion connected things by 2020.

This development is already taking place, however, he current server infrastructure and internet architecture is unlikely to be able to support the imminent IoT revolution. With so many devices connected to the internet, management and security are a concern. The servers will become overloaded and represent a single point of failure, making the system vulnerable to cyber-attack. A possible solution to this issue is blockchain technology, which is the distributed ledger behind virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Zuora blazes a new trail to the subscription economy and a post-ERP world

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:19pm

Let me start this by saying I recently became a new dad. As you would expect, my wife and I have been buying a lot of baby supplies: diapers, wipes and formula are the new recurring items on our monthly budget.

Having started out buying them all in the old way — simply walking down the street to the corner drug store — we’ve discovered to our surprise and relief that we can subscribe to all three. Through a plan offered by the Web retail giant Amazon, all three items show up at our door on a predetermined schedule. When size one diapers began to seem a little small on our daughter, size two diapers appeared in a shipment a few days later, as if by magic. Actually the "magic" was my wife, who from her phone, easily changed the size of the diapers in our recurring order.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: After a cyberattack, companies remain vulnerable. What CIOs can do to protect their brands

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:17pm

Here’s a security scenario that’s all too common: A company suffers from a cyberattack, then responds to it promptly and alerts its customers, warning them to change their passwords. But the company remains vulnerable through the very means it uses to alert those customers: Email. In fact, attackers can exploit that vulnerability using email that pretends to be a security warning from the company, targeting customers and wreaking even more damage.

For example, on May 31, popular cloud-based password manager OneLogin announced that it had suffered a serious security breach, and it updated its report the next day with a few more details.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: A time-tested solution for a new challenge: How apprenticeships can close the cybersecurity skills gap

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:14pm

Despite bitter partisanship in Washington, shoring up the country’s cybersecurity defenses is a critical priority on which both Democrats and Republicans agree.

Last December, the Obama administration released a report with a number of recommendations to protect the country, including launching a national cybersecurity apprenticeship program and renewing focus on protecting critical infrastructure. The Trump administration has largely continued his predecessor’s cybersecurity initiative, signing an executive order that highlights many of the same topics. Several cabinet members have been tasked with assessing the scope and sufficiency of existing cybersecurity apprenticeship programs and infrastructure security, hinting at future support.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Era of integrated platforms

CIO.com - Opinion - June 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

As health systems continue to extend their services beyond inpatient and outpatient care, incorporating a robust integrated platform has become mission critical for CIOs. This article will highlight the three key ingredients for integrated platforms from an operator’s perspective:

1.)     The ability to scale while maintaining interoperability with legacy systems,

2.)     Drive patient engagement,

3.)     Add innovation.

Before we dive into the three ingredients, it is important to first define what an integrated platform is.  An integrated platform is comprehensive of a practice management system, a billing system that keeps pace with the changes in healthcare reimbursement, and a robust electronic health records system that promotes interoperability across the care continuum.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Era of integrated platforms

CIO.com - IT industry - June 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

As health systems continue to extend their services beyond inpatient and outpatient care, incorporating a robust integrated platform has become mission critical for CIOs. This article will highlight the three key ingredients for integrated platforms from an operator’s perspective:

1.)     The ability to scale while maintaining interoperability with legacy systems,

2.)     Drive patient engagement,

3.)     Add innovation.

Before we dive into the three ingredients, it is important to first define what an integrated platform is.  An integrated platform is comprehensive of a practice management system, a billing system that keeps pace with the changes in healthcare reimbursement, and a robust electronic health records system that promotes interoperability across the care continuum.

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Digital transformation sparks sales of U.S. IT services abroad

CIO.com - IT industry - June 7, 2017 - 11:05am

With all the talk of U.S. trade deficits, one tech sector is beginning to shine. Fueled by interest in digital transformation, American IT services firms are running a significant surplus, exporting software and digital services to foreign companies seeking to overhaul their business processes.

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IDG Contributor Network: Starting a consulting firm: What I’d do differently the second time around

CIO.com - Opinion - June 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Recently I did some quick napkin math and figured I’ve spent 85 percent of my professional life in consulting. Although I’m no longer a consultant, some of my best friends are. And I meet tons of people who share the intention, often whispered, to one day leave their jobs and go out on their own.

I also keep in touch with many of my former clients who relate recent experiences with management consultants, both good and bad. Hearing these stories either makes me happy I left consulting when I did, or makes me wish I were a consultant again, if only to set things right.

“What they should do…” I hear myself telling my clients-turned-friends. “I’ve seen it before.” (This is how technology professionals over 40 console ourselves that our skills are still valid.)

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Is shadow IT something CIOs should worry about?

CIO.com - Opinion - June 6, 2017 - 1:29pm
Pervasiveness of shadow IT

I talked to several CIOs in the #CIOChat recently about shadow IT.Their collective wisdom is shared in this post. The first thing that impressed me in this chat is that the CIOs know the numbers. CIOs shared what they had learned from Cisco, Gartner, and Brocade. Cisco found that shadow cloud use was greater than 15 times higher than estimated by CIOs. CIOs said that Gartner’s research found that more than 40 percent of IT spend is in fact shadow IT. And Brocade, which did a global survey of 200 CIOs, found that more than 80 percent had seen some form of unauthorized cloud/SaaS usage.

Does the presence of shadow IT make a statement?

I asked the CIOs whether the presence of shadow IT makes a statement about business/IT alignment. CIOs had a wide range of answers to this question. CIOs said that often the real problem is not shadow IT but why and how shadow IT emerged. CIOs suggest that in many cases, shadow IT is in fact a symptom of unmet needs. It can as well imply a perceived lack of speed for IT versus the needs of the business.

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Categories: Opinion

IDG Contributor Network: Have you had your Bezos moment? What you can learn from Amazon

CIO.com - Opinion - June 6, 2017 - 1:28pm

When people and companies grow wildly successful, we often forget that they have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. Yet, we often find ourselves speculating, how do they do what they do…and how do they do it so well? 

For Amazon, the answer might not be so clear-cut to the everyday user. Yes, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is a visionary and fearless leader. However, his company–as big as it has grown–seems to change, bend and release new products and services faster than everyone else. How is it possible?

I believe Amazon’s transformation from an online bookstore to one of the world’s most successful internet companies started in 2002. More specifically, when Jeff Bezos issued the infamous Bezos Mandate to his internal development teams regarding how software was to be built at Amazon:

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Categories: Opinion

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