1. Articles from Bruce Harpham

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    1. How to build a highly effective AI team

      Once a niche research specialty, AI is fast becoming a vital aspect of the IT strategy at many businesses. The maturity of data science and machine learning tools, as well as the rise of readily accessible machine learning platforms in the cloud, are fueling this trend, enabling businesses to explore new ways to extract high business value from existing and accumulating data.

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    2. Making the case for in-house data centers

      Outsourcing, cloud services and financial pressure are constant realities for IT leaders. Shared data centers and cloud service providers are often a good choice. If the organization’s IT demands are difficult to predict or highly variable, building additional data centers make little sense. Despite the cloud trend, managing internal data centers effectively remains an important IT responsibility. Cost optimization, vendor management and creative ways to add value are all in play for data center managers in 2016.

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    3. Is outsourcing IT worth the compliance risk?

      Banking has changed since the global financial crisis in 2008. The steady increase in regulations from Washington, the states and international organizations are now impacting IT leaders. As regulators examine vendor relationships and outsourcing arrangements more closely, there is a significant risk that poorly managed IT could trigger an audit finding, a fine or negative publicity. As IT leaders plan to review and renew IT service providers in 2016, here are some of the risks to manage.

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    4. ERP software gets a makeover

      ERP software is known for providing valuable services to a variety of users. Unfortunately, ERP applications have lagged behind consumer apps in user experience. A lot of ERP vendors have made major progress on the user interface front over the past two years. Cloud ERP products are leading the way in providing a better user experience. The next trend in mobile ERP is to provide powerful mobile interface.

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    5. How to improve productivity with agile

      Delivering increased productivity is a key priority for many IT executives. Yes, agile can help with that, too (it’s not just for development). Adopting new technology is one way to improve productivity. Another approach is to simply cut expenses. A better way is to improve the methodology and skills that IT staff use to complete their work. The agile approach achieves productivity gains through more effective communication and being highly responsive to customer demands.

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    6. How CIOs can ensure M&A projects pay off

      Growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in contrast, has the potential to deliver much greater gains. Ever since the value-destroying merger of AOL and Time-Warner in 2000, many corporate leaders have become skeptical about the value of M&A. Not only do CIOs have an important role to play in the due diligence leading up to a merger or acquisition, their operational expertise can contribute directly to a company’s balance sheet. 

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    7. How Lockheed Martin, Cisco and PWC manage cybersecurity

      Cybersecurity remains a top priority for companies in all industries. The reason is clear. Criminals and other parties have access to inexpensive tools and training to attack companies and governments. The New York Times reported on the rise of ransomware earlier in 2015. This type of malicious software encrypts a user’s data and demands a payment to release it (or the data will be destroyed).

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