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IT leader’s guide to the rise of smart cities, volume 3

Powerful trends are pushing the global community to develop more smart cities and invest in connected technologies, as the world population increases and more people move to urban environments. This ebook looks at smart city growth from several angles and offers real-world examples of where and how the tech is being planned and implemented. [1] [1] On TechPro

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Google says its cloud is getting greener

Google is now buying enough renewable energy to match the power used in its data centres and offices. The search-to-cloud-computing giant said that last year its total purchase of energy from sources including wind and solar exceeded the amount of electricity used by its operations around the world. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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A blueprint for successful transformation

Organizations need to orchestrate transformation across two distinct fronts if they are to confront the existential challenge of disruptive change, says Innosight’s Scott Anthony. Two decades ago, with the publication of the bestseller The Innovator’s Dilemma, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen identified why most big companies are destined to fail. [1] [1] By Kenny MacIver on CIO

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Everything changes but you

No, I’m not a fan of generic boy bands. And if I’m honest I can’t stand boy band music. It’s a tried and tested ‘bubble gum’ pop formula for playing to the audience only sticking to a well-defined template. Sounds a bit like enterprise networking right? Tried, tested, stodgy, unimaginative and often constraining. [1] [1] By Martin Bishop on ZDNet

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Blockchain to ‘radically’ transform anti-fraud, anti-money-laundering efforts

Blockchain could be the answer to increasingly tough anti-money laundering (AML) statutes and enterprise fraud management (EFM) requirements looming for the financial services industry. In a report released this week by Forrester Research, blockchain’s distributed ledger technology – because it is both secure and immutable – is ideal for meeting new government requirements and serving as a trusted repository for identification purposes. [1] [1] By Lucas Mearian on ComputerWorld

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