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    1. Smart city tech growing in the U.S.

      The adoption of smart city technology to manage traffic, water supplies, air pollution and other needs will see an upswing this year in U.S. cities, according to AT&T's smart city executive and a market research analyst. IBM and Cisco have been pitching the themes of a smarter planet and the internet of everything for more than five years. Now, city governments nationwide are pushing pilot projects of these efforts and seeking ways to raise revenues for tech deployments by issuing bonds and imposing sales taxes to pay for them.

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    2. Enterprises divided on IoT skills shortage, says 451 Research report

      A boom in data retention as a result of enterprises embracing the IoT has led to enterprises picking public cloud providers to deal with the surge in storage demands. But at the same time, the relatively new demands of the technology have created a skills gap, according to a report from 451 Research. 451 Research surveyed almost 1,000 enterprise buyers globally and found that the vast majority, at 71 percent, are gathering data from IoT platforms. Most businesses expect their IoT spend to increase by at least a quarter, and 90 percent plan to increase IoT spending to some ...

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    3. What is 'alternative data' and how can you use it?

      Krishna Nathan, CIO of S&P Global, explains how 'alternative data,' such as satellite images and foot traffic, can transform a business. There are a number of definitions for "alternative data," but here is Nathan's: "Alternative data draws from non-traditional data sources, so that when you apply analytics to the data, they yield additional insights that complement the information you receive from traditional sources."

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    4. Outsourcing trends to watch in 2017

      This year, we saw outsourcing integration challenges multiply, production workloads and enterprise systems hit the cloud, and security hit the top of the agenda. So what’s ahead for 2017? Uncertainty for one thing. Industry watchers expect a number of shifts in the IT and business process services space — not least of which will be the initiation of more flexible outsourcing terms as the world watches and waits to see what happens once president elect Donald Trump takes office and Brexit takes hold.

       

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    5. Is Your ERP Solution Helping or Hurting your Business? 5 Warning Signs That It’s Floundering

      Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand for greater inventory traceability, visibility and precision in the global food supply chain. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by customer requirements and government regulations while continuing to minimize costs and maximize profitability.

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    6. CIOs eye automation, platform strategies, cybersecurity for 2017

      As 2016 draws to a close, it's fair to ask what CIOs plan to spend their money on for 2017. So we did: IT executives polled by CIO.com say they plan to automate more business processes, facilitate platform strategies and beef up their analytics capabilities.

      Cloud migration and cybersecurity continues to be a major emphasis, with CIOs renting more software via the internet and investing in more proactive approaches for defending their corporate castles.

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    7. Why every CIO needs to be a hands-on leader to succeed

      For CIOs, the struggle to gain organizational respect and parity with other CXOs has always been real. In the past, one way that IT executives knew they had “made the grade” was to be considered strategic. In other words, the transition from working on computers, banging out code, and answering tickets to sitting as a member of the senior leadership team showed the outside world that a person had achieved the ultimate career success.

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    8. How a dose of AI could be the cure for hospital EHR cyberattacks in 2017

      I know how terrible hospital record theft can be. I myself have been the victim of a data theft by hackers who stole my deceased father’s medical files, running up more than $300,000 in false charges. I am still disputing on-going bills that have been accruing for the last 15 years. This event led me on the path to finding a solution so others would not suffer the consequences that I continue to be impacted by, but hospitals and other healthcare providers must be willing to make the change.

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    9. NASA embraces IBM’s Watson for future space, aerospace technology development

      IBM and NASA have had one of the longest, most successful relationships in the high-tech world and it looks like the future holds much the same. While the relationship has its roots in the very beginnings of the space program as well as large-scale computing, its current incarnation in many cases revolves around the cognitive computing specialties found in IBM’s Watson system.

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    10. 5 core topics Trump needs to address in Silicon Valley leaders meeting

      As some of the tech sector’s heaviest hitters prep for a meeting this week with president-elect Donald Trump, they need to make sure they get answers to critical questions about issues that could affect not only their businesses but the U.S. economy in general. While the meeting has been called by Trump, the Silicon Valley executives should be prepared to set some of it themselves so they aren’t blindsided by policy shifts that can affect their success. Items of interest range from encryption to China policy.

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    11. Why are marketing automation platforms getting so much VC funding?

      With Optimove's recent $20 million raise from Israel Growth Partners, industry experts are asking what it is about marketing automation platforms that makes them such magnets for VC funding. Since HubSpot's founding in 2006, marketing automation platforms — software that aims to automate specific touch-points of the customer acquisition and retention processes — have evolved into ubiquitous enterprise tools, employed by marketing departments of virtually every size and industry.

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    12. Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

      With the continued evolution of IoT devices and the rapid pace of software innovation, everyone needs to change their ‘app’-titude around security. One of the most important themes for National Cyber Security Awareness aims to bring security to front of mind for both application developers and security practitioners who need to be more consistent with updates and patches. As business leaders, you are not only modeling best security practices for end users, but you also need to demand that developers change their attitudes about application security.

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    13. How to merge IT and product development into one department

      With software making its way into the products and services of most companies, it can be hard to determine where the work of IT stops and where product development starts. As executive teams begin to redraw the lines of accountability for "technology" versus "product," CIOs would be wise to start bringing a product management mindset to the table. That means shifting the discussion from "development initiatives" and "project managers," to "the customer experience" and "product managers."

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    14. How manufacturers make the most of machine data

      For many manufacturers, there is a disconnect between what goes on in their factories, including their engineering departments, and the core business processes supported by their ERP systems. It creates significant lag times for management to access, analyze and act on data from the manufacturing and development processes. Not having this data in real time could create problems with planning, inventory control, the supply chain or meeting customer expectations.

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    15. Major IT outsourcing acquisition will have mixed impact

      The announcement that outsourcing consultancy Information Services Group (ISG) will acquire competitor Alsbridge marked the biggest M&A announcement in the IT services advisory industry since KPMG bought EquaTerra in 2011. The two large independent outsourcing advisors are joining forces to create a 1,300-person firm with offices in 20 countries revenues targeted at between $285 and $300 million in 2017.

      [ Related: Cloud services now account for a third of IT outsourcing market ]

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    16. NetSuite's going global under Oracle's flag

      Lashed to the much bigger ship that is Oracle, cloud software provider NetSuite is setting sail for a new market near you. Until now, the 18-year-old company based in San Mateo, California, has focused on English-speaking countries and Japan. As part of Oracle, it plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.

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    17. Productivity linking and mapping

      Every department within IT is part of an overall technical ecosystem that is connected to all other departments in some way. For example, business analysis provides functional specifications to the programmers. Trainers provide classes that help programmers learn their craft. Database administrators design database schemas for use by the programmers and oversee the storage and movement of data in cooperation with enterprise architects and production operations. At a macro level, data security protects the computing environment, data communications maintains the computing backbone and the help desk keeps all IT and user devices up and running.

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