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When culture eats software for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Peter Drucker, the management guru, is often credited with the all-too-true saying that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” In a later era, tech guru and investor Marc Andreessen famously said that “software is eating the world.” Now, as organizations of all types push harder than ever to employ software to disrupt or fend off disruptors, there’s a growing realization that culture is eating software for breakfast, and perhaps lunch and dinner as well. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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An Internet of Things ‘crime harvest’ is coming unless security problems are fixed

Internet of Things product manufacturers must get their act together and secure their devices or they risk creating new ways for wrongdoers to commit crimes, a senior police officer has warned. “All new technologies, all changes in the way that society is ordered — particularly if it is technology — always has a crime harvest. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Microsoft SA readies to host tech summit

Microsoft SA will host a free two-day conference that will provide developers, IT professionals and technologists with the latest insights, developments and trends in cloud computing. According to a statement, attendees will be able to obtain advice and insights on subjects such as developer tools and DevOps practices, cloud applications, artificial intelligence and big data analytics. [1] [1] On ITWeb

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Cloud computing: Now as vital as power, transport and fresh water?

Cloud computing, search engines, and the services that underpin the internet are to be considered to be part of the UK’s vital infrastructure, alongside clean water and power, under new rules aimed at boosting cybersecurity. Under the European Union’s Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive, businesses that provide essential services will have to make sure their security is good enough to protect their network and information systems from attack, as well as having to notify the relevant authorities of serious incidents….

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Multi-cloud is seen as the quickest path to digital nirvana

Information technology professionals have embraced the digital dream, and want to play greater roles in helping their organizations get there. The way they’re going to do it is through the cloud — actually, through multiple clouds that provide the flexibility and greater options to compete in today’s digital economy. [1] [1] By Joe McKendrick on ZDNet

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Autonomous transportation research: Predicting impact on industries, companies, and personal lives

Autonomous transportation isn’t just for Silicon Valley startups anymore. As it gains more traction, industries, companies, and individuals are wrestling with the question of whether to embrace the technology or not. In November 2017, Tech Pro Research surveyed 289 professionals about how autonomous transportation fits into their lives. [1] [1] On TechPro

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Planning for the new world of work

Organizations find themselves ill prepared to serve the millennial generation that will soon dominate the workforce, a recent survey reveals — with many slow to invest in approaches that will enable virtual workplaces, boost productivity and lure the best talent. [1] [1] By Maxine-Laurie Marshall on CIO

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Machine Learning for the masses

The paradox with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is that despite (or because of) the hype, it’s still hard to find practitioners who understand how to use those approaches. Perhaps the best way to characterize the AI paradox is “so near yet so far.” AI is tantalizingly accessible for a variety of reasons. [1] [1] By Tony Baer on ZDNet

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Make BI applications more intuitive with search like GUI

Most business intelligence (BI) applications are constructed using point-and-click drag-and-drop graphical user interfaces (GUI), but still require end user training and long ramp up times — although not to the extent of learning and writing SQL code. Few business decision-makers access data directly and instead rely on trained business analysts, even for basic information. [1] [1] By Boris Evelson on ZDNet

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How AR and VR will change enterprise mobility

Two of the hottest technologies today — augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) — are likely to have a big impact on enterprise mobility strategies, according to industry experts. Not for a couple of years, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared to deal with them as part of your enterprise mobility management (EMM). [1] [1] By Bob Violino on ComputerWorld

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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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