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    1. The Keys to Putting IoT Data to Work for Your Organization

      Much of the talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on the “things” themselves – wearables, sensors, iBeacons, and other network-connected machines. However, the greatest value for organizations comes from combining the data generated by these devices with other customer or operational data to uncover insights and establish predictive models. This is the incredible promise of IoT, but without the ability to link data from the smart, networked “things” with other business data, its value is limited.

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    2. A Sea Change in the Data Market

      The data market is facing a set of inflection points: data location, processing, and management. As these changes drive increased volume, variety, and importance of data, the role of data integration and management becomes increasingly important. In every industry, there are inflection points that change the face of the market by creating new opportunities. Many vendors attempt to address each of these three major inflections with bits and pieces of technology. 

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    3. Immersive Customer Experiences: Consumer Virtual Reality is Here!

      According to Gartner, brands should be built around customer experience and not the other way around. The time for “lean back” only experiences is over. Today’s consumer is connected and expects to have their needs met instantly: order instantly, pay instantly and obtain their purchases (almost) instantly. Virtual Reality allows the consumer to be deeply immersed; giving brands the opportunity to deliver unprecedented levels of engagement with their target audience.

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    4. Analytics Modernization: Data as Your Competitive Advantage

      If your business strategy involves competing on analytics, then now is the time to re-think your data management architecture. Investing in big data technology and new analytics tools is not enough to ensure the success of your analytics strategy. Success depends on building a highly productive and flexible data management architecture to fuel that strategy with clean, complete, timely, and secure data.

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    5. Where is my data? (And other terrifying questions facing security professionals)

      The lifeblood of any company is the sensitive data it processes. To be useful, this data needs to be connected to other applications, mashed-up with other data sources and presented to a wide variety of mobile users, business owners, and API endpoints. The top trends seem to be forcing organizations to invest in security remain the consumerization of IT.

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    6. Accelerate Time to Value with Healthcare Discovery Analytics

      Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption, big data, and other technology trends are generating large volumes and varieties of data for analysis. Healthcare organizations need to invest in the data itself, instead of having an application-centric (or EMR-centric) view of data, which provides an incomplete snapshot of the patient by limiting the view to data within each individual application. 

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    7. Big data gets its first official standard at the ITU

      The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agency announced its first-ever standard for big data. The new international standard details the requirements, capabilities and uses of cloud-based big data, with an eye toward ensuring that its benefits can be achieved on a global scale. It also outlines how cloud computing systems can be leveraged to provide big-data services.

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    8. Does your company need a chief data officer?

      It's a rare business today that doesn't depend on data in some significant way, but does that mean most companies need a chief data officer. That's a question on more than a few executive minds in this big-data era, particularly as analyst firms wax increasingly enthusiastic about the role. Gartner, for instance, recently said it expects 90 percent of large organizations to have a chief data officer by 2019.

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    9. 'State of the Cloud' report: Vendors make inroads on dominant players

      This year's RightScale "State of the Cloud" report is, as in previous years, interesting reading. In particular, it is interesting to see subtle changes in the cloud industry makeup with vendors starting to make inroads on dominant players. The report also tends to be something of a bellwether for new technology adoption, hence, the statistics around both DevOps and Docker were interesting to see. Enough with the commentary -- on to the findings.

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    10. As 5G approaches, 3G and 4G are still getting faster

      Most of the excitement at Mobile World Congress this month will be about 5G, which won't officially exist until 2020. But vendors will also show off new ways to speed up the 3G and 4G networks most people use today. That means more than 4G, because while LTE gets a lot of press, older services are more common than you might think. Just over half of the world's mobile subscriptions (51 percent) are for 2G service only, according to Tolaga Research analyst Phil Marshall. Almost one-third are limited to 3G, while only 15 percent are 4G. Even in ...

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    11. Seeking new revenue, AT&T and Verizon eye the Internet of Things

      AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two biggest carriers — are seeing their traditional U.S. wireless businesses shrink, having suffered from an ongoing price war and declining buyer interest in new smartphones. To make up for that drop, both carriers are increasingly focused on new areas for growth, including Internet of Things projects, as well as far-flung investments like AT&T's wireless service in Mexico and Verizon's investments in new media through AOL advertising technology. This movement into new business areas is seen as a long-range mega-trend that was borne out by the latest earnings reports from ...

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    12. Global public cloud market expected to hit $204B in 2016

      The worldwide market for public cloud systems is projected to hit $204 billion this year, a 16.5% increase over the $175 billion market in 2015, according to analyst firm Gartner."The market for public cloud services is continuing to demonstrate high rates of growth across all markets and Gartner expects this to continue through 2017," said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, in a statement.

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    13. Does anyone really want the government deciding encryption policy?

      Security and privacy debates are highly nuanced, allowing for much interpretation, balancing acts and differences of opinion. For that reason, I try and be tolerant of a wide range of views on the subject. Every so often, though, some executive says something so divorced from logic and reality that silence is not an option. Enter AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and his attack on Apple's encryption efforts.

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    14. Why 'data scientist' is this year's hottest job

      It's notable enough that close to half of the 25 "best jobs in America" named by recruiting site Glassdoor this week are tech-related, but even more striking is the fact that "data scientist" tops the list. With more than 1,700 active job openings on the site earlier this month and a median base salary of $116,840, data scientist also garnered Glassdoor's top "job score" ranking and "career opportunity" score.

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    15. IT spending tanked worldwide last year

      Worldwide IT spending fell nearly 6% last year -- the largest one-year decrease research firm Gartner says it has ever seen. The global forecast for 2016 is for an improving, but relatively flat, $3.54 trillion. That would be a 0.6% increase. Gartner blames a strong U.S. dollar for the global decline, because it effectively increased the price of exports by as much as 20%. Political and economic instability in countries such as Russia and Brazil also contributed to the spending problems.

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    16. Cloud, virtualization take toll on data centers

      As the workloads companies are trying to support are increasingly linked to analytics and other data-intensive apps, those with data centers are facing a huge dilemma, observes Rick Villars, IDC's vice president of data center and cloud. Customers are struggling over whether it is better for them to buy servers and storage and put it in their own data center to run, or if it makes more sense to buy infrastructure in a data center run by a vendor that can optimize the apps for the workloads they need.

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    17. The digital-transformation train has left the station: Is your company on board?

      It would be easy to dismiss the term "digital transformation" as just the latest in a long line of buzzwords seemingly conceived to cause stomach ulcers in the world's CIOs. That, however, would be a mistake. Though the concept has been floating around for several years already, 2015 was when it dug its heels into the business world and made it clear it's here to stay. "This feels different from a hype wave for a few reasons," said Bob Parker, a group vice president with IDC. Most notably, digital-transformation efforts tend to be led by CEOs -- a group ...

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    18. Cybersecurity bill approved, but what does it accomplish?

      It may have been easy for Congress on Friday to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), despite past controversy around it. This bill does not hike federal spending or impose sweeping regulatory rules. Its main feature is something many firms will be happy to get: liability protection if they share information with the government about cyberthreats and attacks. The White House was expected to sign the bill, and possibly upset a long list of tech firms, including Apple, Google and Facebook, who are worried about private information getting into government hands.

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    19. What autonomous vehicles will really do for us

      The hype is almost deafening: Self-driving cars are coming. The debate no longer surrounds if, but when. All of the automakers, large and small, big tech players, universities and government agencies around the globe are working on and towards driving autonomy. This is being made possible by the steady progression of Moore's Law. It's definitely happening. And while we're still some way from seeing hands-free cars and trucks streaming down the world's roads in volume, it's valuable to understand what's happening, and how you can benefit from it.

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    20. Digital business predictions for 2016

      In 2016, as the race to digital transformation progresses, we’ll start to see the leaders separate themselves from the rest of the pack and set a firm pace that’s fueled by five essential ingredients: a deep understanding of digital disruption, the art and science of the customer experience, the next wave of enabling technologies, a mastery of digital services and continuous innovation from ideation to execution. Correspondingly, with predictions season in full force, here are five digital business trends which I expect to shape 2016, their implications and recommendations for how to maximize these trends to your advantage.

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    21. Microsoft to change Windows Server 2016 licensing rules, will use per-core metric

      Microsoft last week announced it will switch the licensing for next year's Windows Server 2016 to a per-processor-core basis, a move analysts said is at least partly a grab for more revenue. "Ultimately, the move to cores is a revenue issue, because it certainly does nothing for customers," said Paul DeGroot, the principal of Pica Communications, a consulting firm that specializes in deciphering Microsoft's licensing practices.

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