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    1. Blythe Masters Tells Banks the Blockchain Changes Everything

      These Wall Street veterans all know who Blythe Masters is. She’s the wunderkind who made managing director at JPMorgan Chase at age 28, the financial engineer who helped develop the credit-default swap and bring to life a market that peaked at $58 trillion, in notional terms, in 2007. She isn’t pitching a newly minted derivative or trading stratagem to this room. She’s promoting something wilder: It’s called the blockchain, and it’s the digital ledger software code that powers bitcoin.

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    2. ​Air New Zealand drives digital transformation through analytics

      Airline reports record result, increases capital spending on to technology by 50 percent over three years. Air New Zealand is on a digital mission: To "create a leading digital organisation in Australasia and to be one of the best digital airlines globally." Reporting a record annual result for 2015, today the airline, which is already noted for its adoption of and innovation with digital technologies, said it had set itself the objective to "unleash digital transformation" for customers, sales channels and operations. In that cause, Air New Zealand is replacing the CIO role with a that of a chief digital ...

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    3. Retail CIOs become heroes with the help of CMOs

      In today’s hyper-competitive retail universe, striving to satisfy customer demands is more important than ever. Savvy consumers are always on, moving easily between smartphones, desktops and brick-and-mortar locations – and they expect retailers to keep up, no matter at what point-of-purchase they choose to interact. To deliver the kind of seamless experiences these customers want retailers know that fostering technology innovation is essential. However, IT departments are also keenly aware of the need for strong data security, governance and cost efficiency. To strike this important balance, CMOs and CIOs realize that they need to come together to collaborate and drive ...

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    4. Here are the five most over-hyped technologies of 2015 according to Gartner

      Research firm Gartner has long promoted an analytical concept called the “hype cycle.” Basically, the notion is that in the world of technology, people tend to get over-excited about new thingies, and then are disappointed when the new thingies don’t change the world in the blink of an eye. But after that, some of the thingies do actually change the world, given the right evolution and path and some patience. This is where things actually get interesting, if you don’t give up on them.

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    5. Robots won't definitely take your job - and you'll have more time for personal grooming

      Despite fears over artificial intelligence, so far, according to a new study, technology has created more jobs than it's destroyed. The study by economists at Deloitte looked at the relationship between jobs and the rise of technology since the latter stages of the industrial revolution, using census data for England and Wales between 2011 and 1871. The economists concluded that technology has been "the great job-creating machine". The study argues that the debate over technology and labour has focused too heavily on the former's destructive effects and seeks to redress that imbalance by revisiting old jobs data.

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    6. Disruptive Innovators: Ready, Set, Go!

      The conditions are right for disruptive innovators to take the lead, but are CIOs ready? Their is no doubt that the stats from this year’s CIO Survey make it clear that the time is right for CIOs to get disruptive. As a former CIO I can attest that CIOs have clamored for the chance to transform organizational strategy. And in my opinion, the time is finally right. Think about it – global economies are showing significant signs of recovery, business models are evolving, innovation is taking center stage and the technology of tomorrow is taking shape.

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    7. Automation and acceleration the Asian aspiration

      ASEAN organizations are adopting storage infrastructures that are faster, more efficient, automated and centralized, as they seek better performance or return on investment. In particular, technologies such as hybrid flash arrays are growing in popularity, as is flash cache on servers, software-defined storage and storage automation, says Sandeep Bazaz, industry analyst for ICT at Frost & Sullivan Apac.

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    8. Huawei supplier ecosystem to help financial industry emulate internet giants

      Huawei, which reported £18bn sales in its latest six-month period – a 30% increase on the same period in 2014 – is targeting large finance firms in Europe with IT infrastructure products and services that can help provide services in ways customers want: online, in real time and always on. But it can’t do this alone, and Huawei has recognised the need to collaborate with other suppliers. At its Finance Summit in Beijing, the company said it will provide the ITC infrastructure for banking customers through an open supplier ecosystem, while other suppliers will add products and services to help the ...

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    9. Requiem For The App Revolution

      The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a is no longer a model is status quo. With new created every day, has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — experience evolution. With so many available, ones that truly change game extend beyond device and change how you experience everyday tasks and activities.

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    10. Big Data and Risk are a Match Made in Heaven

      Traditionally the approach to managing supply chain risk has boiled down to a relatively simplistic guessing game of assessing the likelihood of a problem and its potential impact and then effectively buying insurance with inventory or capacity buffering. In business buzzword-land this all sounds fine, but in practice it still misses the big opportunity which is getting ahead of threats in the first place. This is where big data comes in.

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    11. Why CIOs can’t wait to renegotiate their outsourcing contracts

      As business needs—and the new technologies required to support them—evolve ever more rapidly, outsourcing contracts signed just a year or two ago are already getting stale. That’s why Mayer Brown business and sourcing technology partner Dan Masur is advising companies to revamp their outsourcing deals right now to not only access new options, but also to cut significant costs. “There have been dramatic changes in how services are delivered, and those continue to evolve.

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    12. Using technology to re-invent business process services

      The wind of change is blowing through the business process outsourcing (BPO) services industry. The days when technology simply supported a service provider’s delivery as an underlying platform are numbered. Instead, the focus is on technology as a key part of service delivery, not only supporting services but also delivering far-reaching efficiencies, enhancements, modernisation and business outcomes. We are already seeing examples of buyers doing this for themselves.

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    13. Without enterprise architects, digital economy may descend into chaos

      Enterprise architecture began emerging as a keystone to business technology engagements only within the past decade. For many organizations, EA is essential for doing things the right way from the start, rather than trying to untangle messes of expensive, incompatible and underused systems -- and underserved end users -- later on. 

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    14. What 'digital' really means

      Companies today are rushing headlong to become more digital. But what does digital really mean?For some executives, it’s about technology. For others, digital is a new way of engaging with customers. And for others still, it represents an entirely new way of doing business. None of these definitions is necessarily incorrect. But such diverse perspectives often trip up leadership teams because they reflect a lack of alignment and common vision about where the business needs to go. 

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    15. The obstacles to software-as-a-service adoption in banking

      Security is seen as a top obstacle to using software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for three-quarters of business technology decision makers at banks, according to a global survey. Banks have adopted cloud relatively slowly in comparison with firms of similar sizes in other sectors, and Forrester’s latest research reveals why.

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    16. In with the New While Keeping the Old

      Over the years you have successfully persuaded your CEO to invest heavily in networking and data center equipment. Now you're back, telling your chief executive the organization needs to invest in unified communications (UC). The reasoning is clear: you need to leverage emerging technologies—such as mobile and video platforms—in order to enhance collaboration. What you're probably not going to suggest is that the enterprise get rid of all that legacy equipment you convinced them to buy.

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    17. The Secret to IT Business Alignment

      The Secret to IT Business Alignment

      In my interviews of CIOs, they have told me that connecting what IT is doing to business strategy remains their highest priority, even above things like improving technical orchestration and overall process excellence. Being a CIO today is clearly more about business alignment than technology alignment. One CIO I spoke with recently said that this means that “CIOs and their teams need to understand their firm’s business problems almost as well as they understand their implementation of information technology.” I couldn’t agree more!

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    18. How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      Google is using smarter technology to help keep your Gmail inbox free of spam but at the same time ensuring that legitimate messages get through. On one end, Gmail is using artificial intelligence to better detect "sneaky" spam that would otherwise get through, Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi said Thursday in a blog post outlining the new ways in which smarter technology is being employed to create better spam filters.

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    19. The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

      The Future Of Finance Is In Real Time

      In a world of decreasing size and rapidly increasing technological development, the financial sector needs to keep up at the same pace. While physical supply chains have improved to keep track of the digital world, the financial supply chain has not kept pace. The race toward real-time financial services involves a wide array of stakeholders and possibilities, ranging from common standardization to re-engineering underlying processes and protocols through blockchain technology.

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