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4 Ways to Experiment with Blockchain

Blockchain is a distributed database that will not lie to you; everyone has access to the same records. That makes it exciting because you do not even have to trust people. You just trust in the glorious word of blockchain. CIOs are still working out what to do with that glorious word though. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Minda Zetlin describes four ways you might experiment with blockchain: Use blockchain-as-a-service Use a public …

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Is Active Supervision Dying?

The world has gone agile, yada yada, which means businesses are placing a premium on action. One way this idea manifests is when new employees are thrown into the deep end of the pool immediately, where they sink or swim. And the idea has merit, but are we taking this idea too far by using it as an excuse to just not supervise properly? Steve Cooper analyzes this problem in an article for CIO magazine. …

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Breaking the Code: When Everyone Can Create Technology

The buzz is building around the idea of “low-code” and “no-code” platforms, where anyone with a great idea can spin it into existence regardless of technical ability. Such days are not upon us quite yet, but they are coming. In an article for InformationWeek, CA Technologies CTO Otto Berkes discusses the implications of this coming technology. Dangerously Simple? Berkes likens low-code to when graphical user interfaces (GUIs) first emerged: GUIs enabled people to use technology …

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Building Digital Twins for the Internet of Things

The future is seeing double, at least where the Internet of Things (IoT) is concerned. According to analysts, making the best use of IoT could demand the use of the digital twin, which is a “digital representation of a physical object which also includes data from the object and the ability to monitor it.” Mark Samuels explains the details in an article for ZDNet. Dual Fates The idea of digital twins can be applied to …

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The Increasing Value of the CDO

The C-suite is getting increasingly crowded, and the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) is one of the more recent entries. CDOs are seeing their stock increase as organizations look to them to help build an analytics strategy. In an article for InformationWeek, John Edwards describes the many challenges that CDOs are currently eagerly confronting. Expanding Digital Leadership CDOs are providing the enterprise-wide data governance that allows data of all types to be used in effective ways: …

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5 Tactics for IT Leaders to Better Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is about making connections and closing deals, which means it can be pretty exhausting. Still, IT leaders would be wise to make a basic effort to keep on top of it. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kristin Burnham shares five tactics to make the best use of LinkedIn without spending all day on it: View LinkedIn at least once a week. Garner trends from your inbox. Participate in groups to crowdsource ideas. …

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Facebook and Amazon Are Causing a Memory Shortage

This is a curious piece of news: Server DRAM is going up, up, up in price, and it is because giant tech companies are buying all of it. The culprit is hyperscale data centers, which are larger than a football field according to Andy Patrizio in an article for Network World. “Hyperscale” means a minimum of 5,000 servers across 10,000 square feet. This is the natural consequence of the IT-as-a-service philosophy, and $547 billion will …

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5 Steps to Becoming a Global IT Leader

Technology has connected the world in ways that could have been scarcely imagined decades ago, so it is not hyperbole to say that even the smallest businesses can make a global impact. CIOs and other IT leaders must embrace this globalization to make the best of its opportunities. In an article for CIO magazine, John Edwards (probably not the disgraced senator or the generally disgraceful TV psychic) shares five steps to be a better global …

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Will CIOs Be Responsible for Replacing Workers with Robots?

Automation is already making waves in the food service industry, where digital kiosks are replacing human workers in places like airports. Will this wave spread elsewhere? And will CIOs be the Horsemen of the Apocalypse at the forefront of it? Naomi Eide muses about this in a short article at CIO Dive. She shares this: “Decisions about automation are usually made by other business leaders not the CIO,” wrote Andrew Horne, IT practice leader for …

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Unlocking Value with IT Business Management

Is the IT budget the One Ring in terms of business significance? Well, no, but CIOs can produce a lot more value for the organization when they have a deft hold on it. In an article for ITProPortal, Dale Quayle discusses a few ways to manage IT budgets well. Value Now Most businesses are at least maintaining their current IT budget for the new year, if not increasing it, and there are ways CIOs can …

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