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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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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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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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5 Trends That Will Drive Machine Learning Adoption

An insignificant percentage of companies are investing in machine learning right now, because it is just too early on to be a worthwhile investment for them. This will not hold true for very long though. In an article for InformationWeek, Lisa Morgan shares five trends that will accelerate machine learning development, taken from a Deloitte report: Automating data science Reducing the need for training data Accelerating training Explaining results Deploying locally Readying to Learn Everyone …

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CIOs: Don’t Beat Yourself Up for Being Behind on Transformation

The fact that everyone is talking about digital transformation does not mean that everyone is actually making deep strides with it. On the contrary, news outlets talk about digital transformation (and blockchain, and RPA) because it is exciting and developing and far from over. That means you do not need to feel terrible if your business’s digital transformation is slow-going. Along those lines, Tim Yeaton discusses three transformation misconceptions in an article for the Enterprisers …

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3 Ways Robotics Affects the CIO Role

A survey has found that IT decision-makers believe that “59 percent of business processes can be automated in the next five years,” so the challenge right now is just to figure out how to get there. Robotic process automation (RPA) is one of the next big frontiers for IT. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Dennis Walsh pinpoints three ways that RPA will affect the CIO role moving forward: Added opportunity to be strategic …

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When Is the Right Time to Innovate?

Okay, that does sound like a loaded question. The average executive would probably answer, “Right now,” while raising an eyebrow that the question was even asked. But the answer may not be quite that simple. In an article for Business 2 Community, Daniel Burrus adds a bit of additional nuance to the discussion. Innovate Soon On the one hand—yes, businesses should always be pursuing innovation of all kinds right now. On the other hand, when …

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Business and Technology Transformation Leadership: The Critical Factor

Today’s technology-enabled business landscape, rapid innovations, new business models, intense competition, global operating environment, constraining legacy systems, increasing regulations, and ever-changing customer expectations are making the business environment highly complex. Organizational transformation is the complex endeavor of innovating and redesigning the organization, which significantly impacts all or most aspects of the business. The Business Problem Many recurring research studies by Economist Intelligence Unit, Project Management Institute, McKinsey, et al. over the last few years have …

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5 Questions to Help CIOs Avoid Internet of Things Data Problems

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often imagined as a vast web of communicating objects – from cars, to houses, to wearable devices, even coffee makers. But as users get caught up in the conceptual hype of IoT, they often forget that its purpose is to generate meaningful data – lots of it. As Loraine Lawson explains in an article for IT Business Edge, the deluge of data associated with IoT may cause a flood …

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