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Big Data & Analytics Epiphany Cartoon Chemicals Leader, China

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What was your ‘AHA’ moment?  The instant you realized the value of big data & analytics.

As part of a #FridayFun series, we will be sharing one cartoon quote per week from the IBM Business Tech Trends study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents on when they first realized the value of big data & analytics.  And what was YOUR AHA moment for big data & analytics?

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NRF: Retailers must bridge the digital divide

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IBM at NRF15 (Photo credit: @zivvonD)

Ever wonder how Retail’s Big Show earned its name? It’s home to a record-breaking 34,000 retail professionals who have all gathered in New York City for a unique, one-stop shopping experience. Fashion, technology and new ideas are all showcased at the NRF: it is a global runway for innovations sure to win over consumers.

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Five key technology resolutions for 2015

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5 resolutions2_smWhen the clock rolled over to 2015, we were all faced with that annual personal dilemma: What should I resolve to achieve better or differently in the new year? Lose weight and get fitter, combat clutter and get more organized, improve my work/life balance, strengthen my relationships… the list of desired improvements goes on.

But don’t forget your professional hat! What are you going to resolve this year as a technology decision maker? What resolutions are you going to commit yourself to now – and follow through on this year – to make your business faster, more efficient, more innovative, and ultimately more competitive? Read the rest of this entry »

Five questions to ask when adopting Security as a Service

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CISO_cloud_shieldRecently, the IBM Center for Applied Insights conducted in-depth interviews with 138 security leaders to gain insight into how security leaders are tackling their greatest challenges today.

As you’d expect, cloud security was top of mind.

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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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Big Data & Analytics Epiphany Cartoon India Telco #IBMBTT

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What was your ‘AHA’ moment?  The instant you realized the value of big data & analytics.

As part of a #FridayFun series, we will be sharing one cartoon quote per week from the IBM Business Tech Trends study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents on when they first realized the value of big data & analytics.  And what was YOUR AHA moment for big data & analytics?

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Can you deliver “the new customer experience”? #NRF15

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Image credit: NRF

National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) 104th Annual Convention & EXPO is wrapping up this week. This is the flagship event for the retail industry, held annually in New York City, offering unparalleled education, collegial networking and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions.  This year’s event was held January 11-14 and showcased several keynote themes such as how retailers can leverage fan engagement and team performance strategies and what the shift in the customer retail experience means for retailers.  The keynote theme that IBM sponsored was focused on the consumerization of technology and how it has transformed how individuals, retailers and suppliers engage with one another. Read the rest of this entry »

Cloud bound: A pharmaceutical company’s outsourcing journey

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cloudbound case study 2_pharma_avatarWhat do you do when your IT outsourcing relationship has plateaued?

Here’s the story of how one company revamped its outsourcing strategy for business expansion and the era of cloud computing. Read the rest of this entry »

The key to being more secure is being more open

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CISOstudy-external collaboration avatarIT security is undergoing a radical transformation.

According to 82 percent of the security leaders who participated in the 2014 IBM Chief Information Security Officer Assessment, the very definition of security has changed over the past three years. And 63 percent of these leaders now worry that the sophistication of external threats is rising faster than their ability to combat them.

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Greetings from the cloud – Executive Postcards #CloudBound Quotes

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Wrapping up our #MondayMotivation series on cloud, here are all the postcard quotes from the IBM Cloud bound study.  These are actual quotes from the study respondents sharing advice for companies that outsource and are incorporating cloud into their IT mix.