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Voice Technology Is the Way of the Future

Back 15 years ago, voice-activated technology only existed in science fiction. But with Siri, Cortana, and Alexa becoming an increasingly integral part of consumers’ day-to-day lives, we now have this technology as a reality. But how can you make these new technologies work for you? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels explores some of the ways technology will affect business moving forward, as well as how to analyze the future potential of these technologies. …

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Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I had sharp cheddar cheese and butter in the fridge, but no bread. So, I opened Amazon Prime Now (also known as “assisted living for Millennials” in San Francisco) and ordered a loaf of dark rye, Greek yogurt with blueberries, a huge bag of Fritos, and a few other groceries to breach the $25 minimum. Then I got back into the Word document I’d been struggling with. Got an email confirming the order, and another …

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Blockchain: 3 Big Implications for Your Company

Be it with bitcoin or another type of cryptocurrency, the digital age has completely transformed how we buy and sell things. Now blockchain aims to change everything else about how businesses operate digitally. In her article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin describes three areas blockchain will affect your company in the future: Cryptocurrency transactions Transactions between organizations Workflow within large organizations Blockchain on the Brain As already noted, cryptocurrency transactions will be greatly affected …

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There Is No Room for Bimodal IT in Digital Disruption

Bimodal IT used to be the hot new trend to capitalize on waterfall and agile at the same time. It was deceptively simple: Split your IT in half and have one work in waterfall on the drudge work, the other the fast track with agile. Gartner continues to tout this concept as being one of the most used among CIOs, but in reality the process is feeling a lot older than it is. In an …

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7 Common Sense Tips for Approaching IoT

With the Internet of Things (IoT) being a relatively new concept, the focus has been mainly on simply making it work than it being a commercial win. IoT, like the technology that fuels it, is still finding its ways into businesses, but have now reached enough companies for some basic principles to arise. In an article for InformationWeek, Allen Proithis explores what some would consider “common sense” approaches to IoT: Define the business problem. Make …

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3 Strategies to Manage Change in Digital Transformation

As digital transformation continues to move forward, we see that it will take a great effort from the people to implement them. Companies need to be able to stick the landing here in implementing these new technologies so their business can continue to grow.  However, there is a lack of confidence in how to achieve the vision the organization is striving for. To aid in this, John Rauschenberger gives some strategies at the Enterprisers Project …

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Bimodal IT Is Past Its Due Date

Bimodal IT, like Nixon in 1974, is getting harder to defend. In a brief post for Forrester, analyst Tim Sheedy takes a look at the trends among IT and CIOs and finds that bimodal is the wrong solution to changing demands. Because bimodal IT offers “fast” and “slow” IT—but the only acceptable speed for even operational IT is “fast” anymore. Sheedy thus discusses the paths CIOs are taking in lieu of bimodal IT in order …

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Business Intelligence: 5 Tips to Implement It Well

Your business knows just so much. The problem might be that it does not realize how much it knows. Bringing together business intelligence to produce meaningful new insights is an art in which CIOs can play an important part. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels shares some tips from Martin Draper, technology director at luxury retailer Liberty, on how CIOs can best leverage business intelligence: View your initiative as a pervasive cultural approach. Gain …

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Success Metrics: There Is No Digital Strategy without Them

CEOs know they need to get digital in order to stay viable competitively. What they are not as clear on is what that means, let alone success metrics to measure progress toward goals. In an article for CIO.com, Clint Boulton highlights these challenges and discusses data on the subject from recent Gartner research. Describing Success In a survey of 388 CEOs from the last quarter of 2016, Gartner finds an interesting array of ideas on …

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The 3 Big Mistakes Today’s CIOs Make

Digital transformation, consumerization of IT, cloud computing, and elevation of the CIO role are four of the big recent developments in the IT world. With such developments come new mistakes that CIOs might make. In an article for InformationWeek, Cynthia Harvey shares the three biggest ones: Neglecting to develop relationships with other executives Failing to market the value of technology Insufficiently aligning technology with business outcomes Honey, I Shrunk the IT Budget CIOs are expected …

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