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[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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[INFOGRAPHIC] Citizen Developer Trend #IBMBTT

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datagram_citizen developersDid you know that 80% of leading companies, also called Pacesetters, use citizen developers?  Learn more about the IBM Business Tech Trends Study coming on August 21 and register for the announcement webcast now!

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile, Social Trends #IBMBTT

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datagram_cams trendDid you know that big data & analytics, cloud, mobile, and social are now each used by 7 in 10 enterprises?  Learn more about the IBM Business Tech Trends Study coming on August 21 and register for the announcement webcast now!

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Social Media & Mobile Analytics Trends #IBMBTT

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datagram_analytics trendsDid you know that 80% of leading companies, also called Pacesetters, are planning to increase use social media and mobile analytics over the next two years?  Learn more about the IBM Business Tech Trends Study coming on August 21 and register for the announcement webcast now!

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