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2017 is already the biggest year ever for data center investment in the U.S.

U.S. data centers have already seen more investment so far this year than in any previous year. Companies and funds have invested $18.2 billion — double the value of 2016 and on track to surpass the total for the three previous years combined — year to date, according to new data from real estate research firm CBRE. [1] [1] By Rani Molla on Recode

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IT budget research 2018: Funding and spending priorities

As the new calendar and fiscal year approaches, businesses begin preparing their annual budgets. With more companies implementing a digital transformation strategy, technology spending and the IT budget are an increasingly important component of the budget planning process. In July and August 2017, Tech Pro Research surveyed technology professionals about their company budgets for calendar and fiscal year 2018. We wanted to know how the 2018 budgets differ from the previous year, what that money will be spent on, and…

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Tech industry must secure against ‘unintended consequences’: Elop

The path to disruption is paved by unintended consequences, Telstra group executive of Technology, Innovation and Strategy Stephen Elop has said, with the tech industry needing to secure machine-learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications against unconscious biases and breaches of security and trust. [1] [1] By Corinne Reichert on ZDNet

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Artificial Intelligence: an evolving landscape

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) landscape has gone from a postulated concept in the 1950s – an idea brought to life by Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, Herbert A. Simon and John McCarthy – to a science fiction favourite to a burgeoning business reality. Alongside the spheres of virtual and augmented reality, the cloud and big data, AI has started to come into its literal own, creating solutions that are both wildly intelligent and stunningly stupid. While few AI creations are at…

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Business adoption of IoT is rising–and so is the likelihood of attacks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is moving full speed ahead, with no signs of slowing down. Earlier this year, Gartner reported that 8.4 billion “things” will be in use in 2017. That’s up 31% from 2016–and it will create 8.4 billion vulnerability points if companies don’t take action now. [1] [1] By Christine Parizo on TechPro

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Apple in the enterprise? It’s already there

For decades, Apple tried to push into the enterprise market through the data center back door. In the 1990s, it rolled out its Apple Network Server, which quickly failed. In the early 2000s, it introduced its Xserve line – a data center server that lasted in various iterations through 2011, but never gained traction. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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Switching on the IoT opportunity

The opportunities presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) are not bound to specific sectors. While many industries are showing an interest in the potential benefits, approaches and motivations differ. Some have been sagely developing their strategy for several years, others have found themselves unexpectedly swept along by the evolving technology trend. But there’s one common thread to their experiences – the feeling that IoT is a genuine game-changer. [1] [1] By Jim Mortleman on Global Intelligence for the CIO 

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Storage breakthrough: World’s biggest microSD card crams in a massive 400GB of data

Western Digital has unveiled what it says is the world’s highest-capacity microSD card — one that crams 400GB of storage into your smartphone. The company says its 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is the highest-capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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We need to shift the conversation around AI before Elon Musk dooms us all

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are playing clash of the tech titans with their views on AI. It’s a battle being played out in hyperbole-driven headlines and clickbait-optimized soundbites, and it’s currently unclear who, if anyone, will win. (Spoiler: Elon thinks it’ll be the robots.) [1] [1] By Chad Steelberg on Quartz

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Big data and digital transformation: How one enables the other

You may have heard the phrase, “data is the new oil.” It’s actually a pretty good metaphor because oil doesn’t have any value on its own, it has to be refined into something like gasoline or plastic. Similarly, we’re all inundated with a ton of data, but that data has to be refined into business insights in order to have real value. As a result, we’re going to look at how big data drives digital transformation. [1] [1] By Jason…

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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