Adding cloud to your IT outsourcing contract? Here’s where to begin

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IBM cloud icon“…a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step” —Lao Tzu  

What would the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu know about helping companies that outsource IT move to the cloud?  It turns out quite a bit.

Lao Tzu’s observation that every journey must begin with a single step offers sage advice for companies that have yet to incorporate cloud into their outsourcing contracts.

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[Infographic] Looking at the future of security leadership

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Insights from the 2014 CISO Assessment by the IBM Center for Applied Insights.

Landmarks for the future of security leadership
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CISO 2014, Fortifying for the future

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CISO_cloud_shieldSecurity Greetings: Gifts from the 2014 IBM CISO Assessment

While December ushers in festive moods and the spirit of giving, there are some things that companies don’t want to be on the receiving end for, namely a security breach. Luckily, the IBM Center for Applied Insights and IBM Security have gift-wrapped something much better: their annual CISO Assessment, with this year’s edition focusing on how security leaders can prepare for an uncertain future.   Read the rest of this entry »

[Infographic] Confident and Careful in the Cloud

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Early insights from the 2014 CISO Assessment by the IBM Center for Applied Insights.

Confident and Careful: CISOs are building their cloud security strategy with confidence
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It takes a village to become a Pacesetter

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“It takes a village…” – African proverb

I was recently reminded of the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” as I presented the findings of the 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends study to executives in New York City.

That saying expresses a fundamental truth that could be applied not only to raising a child, but also to building a leading and lasting organization.

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Happy Halloween! What’s scary in tech?

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skull_smallGoblins, ghouls, ghosts and…data breaches? You’ll see a lot of frightful costumes this Halloween, but the real scare for businesses are security threats that last longer than just one sugar-fueled night.

Security breaches are a growing problem. Symantec reports that data breaches increased 62% in 2013, leading to over 500 million exposed identities.  Eight distinct breaches led to the loss of over ten million identities each, compared to just one of such breadth in 2012. With mobile use expanding and the Internet-of-Things bringing new challenges, businesses will need to prepare for an extensive threat landscape.     Read the rest of this entry »

The Tech Skills Gap: Skate to Where the Puck is Going to Be

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GrowthI skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. – Wayne Gretzky

Gretzky’s approach is invaluable business advice – especially when it comes to closing the technology skills gap.

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Cloud Computing Revolution: The March Goes On

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In a June article in CIO magazine, strategist Bernard Golden posed a provocative question: “Has Cloud Computing Been a Failed Revolution?”

Has cloud computing passed its zenith, or is it still just advancing slowly, due to the reluctance of IT organizations to embrace it?

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Software as a Service is heating up industries #SaaS

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Although the New York weather is cooling down, the benefits of Software as a Service are heating up. Members of the technology world know that SaaS is a hot topic – the SaaS market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 20.2% in 2012-2017, reaching US$45.6 billion by 2017.

Why are so many companies adopting SaaS?

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What does your organization use for fuel: Intuition or Insight?

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“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” – Sherlock Holmes

As part of my job with the IBM Center for Applied Insights, I often spend hours on end –days even – with my head deep in data. I like to call it “data spelunking” – like a miner deep in underground caves, I explore, perform repeated analyses, and chisel away until data sets reveal their precious gems.  The latest study undertaken by my team, The 2014 IBM Business Tech Trends Study, offered no end of data to examine. We surveyed over 1400 global IT and business leaders to uncover adoption and investment trends in cloud, analytics, mobile, and social. But it’s the deeper findings relating to big data and analytics that I find the most exciting.

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