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Big data: Three ways to turn business intelligence into a business advantage

When it comes to big data, retailers have more information than most organisations. However, Julian Burnett, CIO at retailer House of Fraser, recognises the amount of information is not always matched by a level of insight. “Retail is an industry that’s been trading on its gut instinct for quite some time,” he says. “Being able to back your decisions up with evidence of things that might work is crucial. [1] [1] By Mark Samuels on ZDNet

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A giant botnet behind one million malware attacks a month just got shut down

A major botnet, which incorporated millions of PCs and is associated with over 80 different malware families, has been taken down in an international cyber-operation. Authorities including the FBI, Europol’s European Cybercrime centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force, the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in Germany, and the European Union’s Eurojust agency worked with companies including Microsoft and ESET in order to dismantle the botnet created by the Andromeda malware. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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​Cloud computing: How to build a business case

Like any other major tech project, moving workloads into the cloud needs a solid business case — one that takes into account all the likely costs and benefits — before a company can decide whether it’s the correct move. Cloud migration may be a tougher proposition than a standard IT project because companies have to consider a wider variety of issues — like what to do with all those servers, or even entire data centers, that may be made redundant by the…

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Low code development: Is this the future of enterprise apps?

Low-code development aims to make it easier to build applications by removing as much of the hand-coding as possible. Such initiatives become even more important as companies have to build applications to work across a wider range of devices, including smartphones. Appian is one of the low-code companies looking to accelerate this trend. ZDNet recently spoke to the company’s CEO, Matt Calkins, to see how they are doing it. [1] [1] By Colin Barker on ZDNet

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Microsoft delivers public preview of its new Azure IoT software as a service

Microsoft is making available as of today, December 5, a public preview of its IoT software-as-a-service offering called Microsoft IoT Central. Microsoft IoT Central is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for connecting physical devices to back-end services, such as field service, customer engagement, predictive maintenance, asset utilization, energy management, and productivity services. It allows users to gain insights into devices via analytics services and make proactive decisions about those IoT devices. [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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AI and jobs: Where humans are better than algorithms, and vice versa

The 21st century’s longest shadow hanging over the technology industry, workers, and humanity in general, is the effect that artificial intelligence, robots, and automation are going to have on jobs. The popular narrative is generally filled with lots of doom-and-gloom about AI wiping out whole industries and millions of people going unemployed, but let’s take a little reality check and look at where humans do a better job than AI, and vice versa, to give you some context for how…

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VMware beats Q3 earnings targets as revenue climbs 11 percent

VMware delivered strong third quarter financial results Thursday that beat market expectations.  The virtualization giant reported a net income of $443 million, or $1.07 per share. Non-GAAP earnings were $1.34 per share on revenue of $1.98 billion, up 11 percent year over year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.27 per share with revenue of $1.96 billion. [1] [1] By Natalie Gagliordi on ZDNet

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When the threats get weird, the security solutions get weirder

The world of security is getting super weird. And the solutions may be even weirder than the threats. I told you last week that some of the biggest companies in technology have been caught deliberately introducing potential vulnerabilities into mobile operating systems and making no effort to inform users. One of those was introduced into Android by Google. In that case, Android had been caught transmitting location data that didn’t require the GPS system in a phone, or even an installed SIM card….

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AT&T wants organisations to serve up ‘life-changing’ IoT solutions, not just gimmicks

With estimations that there will be around 20.4 billion things connected to the internet by 2020, deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is at the forefront of many digital transformation initiatives. But according to Martin Creighan, managing director for AT&T Australia and New Zealand, if an organisation is going to connect something, it has to be relevant and there has to be an outcome that is going to make a difference to people’s lives. [1] [1] By Asha Mclean on ZDNet

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Your ​terrible broadband will kill the Internet of Things dead

Moaning about poor broadband must be almost as popular as complaining about the weather now – and often about as futile. The majority of UK households have experienced a problem with their broadband provider in the last year, according to a survey by Which? last month. Slow speeds were the biggest problem overall, with one in five surveyed experiencing difficulties, with frequent connection dropouts another big complaint. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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