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Speech Recognition Finds Its Voice

1/19/2018 07:00 AM Voice recognition technology seems to be taking over the world, but the concept still has a ways to go before it reaches full maturity. The world changed profoundly when our interaction with the digital universe shifted from keystrokes to voice commands: “Hey, Siri,” “Hello Alexa,” “OK, Google” all quickly unlock doors into information and services in ways we couldn’t have imagined just five years ago. Consumers have embr...
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Use IoT to Accelerate Digital Transformation

1/18/2018 02:00 PM The Internet of Things can drive change in an organization, providing data into a wide range of operational activities. But that change can require integrating that data into the systems used for key decisions. Experts have predicted that the world will have up to 50 billion connected devices by 2020. While much of the industry conversation has revolved around consumer applications, like the smart home, the Internet of Th...
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Big Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning: Changing Insurance

1/16/2018 03:00 PM The evolution of analytics and machine learning are shaping the industry's future, mitigating risk, improving business, and helping develop types of policies that individuals and businesses need, even before they know they do. Success, failure, and change in the insurance business have always been largely data-determined. But today is different. The proliferation of big data and the advent of advanced analytics and machin...
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AI Begins to Infiltrate the Enterprise

Enterprise adoption of AI is slow today, but experts expect it to increase very rapidly. So far, tech giants are leading the charge. Despite a flood of publicity and product announcements related to artificial intelligence, it seems that few enterprises have adopted the technology so far. Status Report: AI in the Enterprise Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner , was able to put some hard numbers to the trend. "W...
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Closer Look: AI in the Enterprise

1/12/2018 11:00 AM Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. As Executive Managing Editor of InformationWeek, he oversees the day-to-day planning and editing on the site. Most recently he has been editor of UBM's ... View Full Bio We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site. Comment...
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As Cloud Market Swells, So Does Cloud Environment Complexity

As enterprises move beyond the phase of initial cloud adoption and into hybrid and multicloud environments, the complexity of managing all the moving parts begins to set in. The cloud market is booming and expected to grow to $53.3 billion by 2021. And while more companies integrate cloud solutions, businesses also are steadily increasing their workload share in the cloud. According to a recent survey from 451 Research , 60% of workloads wi...
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Guidelines for Using of Public APIs

1/10/2018 11:00 AM Developers planning to use public APIs in their software need to consider factors such as what the API provider plans to do with collected data. There are thousands of incredibly useful, publically available API’s that can be leveraged to enhance applications and systems. Many of these are free of charge to use. Developers at many companies are leveraging these to enhance visibility, add new functionality or integrate bus...
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CIOs' Evolving Role: Think Revenue and Strategy

It's no longer about just cutting costs. CIOs must figure out ways to monetize tech including data, and where newer systems like blockchain can fit strategically. In the last year, CIOs moved more directly into the role of big-picture strategists who worry every day, along with the CEO and board, over ways to generate revenue instead of primarily cutting costs. It’s a role expected to broaden in 2018 and beyond. Status Report: A New CIO Rol...
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Single Sign-On Vendors Shudder as AWS Enters the Market

The recent AWS announcement of single sign-on capabilities has the potential to shake up yet another tech sector. Normal companies use their annual user conference to unveil all the new exciting stuff they’re building and create some buzz (and fill their sales funnel) for the year ahead. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is no normal company, however, and, while its own user conference, re:Invent, is jam-packed with announcements, this company move...
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Is Diversity Part of Your Technology Strategy?

As we move into an age of artificial intelligence tech teams have to strive to eliminate bias in their AI apps. When innovations in intelligent automation elevated robotics from factory machines that work alongside people to smart machines that work with people, organizations began exploring the potential benefits from both an internal and external perspective. The introduction of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence...
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3 Ways the Subscription Economy Will Strengthen Cybersecurity

Subscription-based IT services aren't just about saving money; they can help secure your data. With Unilever’s acquisition of Dollar Shave Club, Blue Apron’s recent IPO and the explosive adoption of services like Amazon Prime and Netflix, it’s clear that the subscription economy is here to stay. The way customers acquire goods has changed. They are no longer investing in ownership, but customization of on-demand delivery and fresh experienc...
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To Build Software that is Easy to Use, Engage the Right Partners

Developing software that is intuitive and meets user needs calls for a close partnership between a vendor and a couple of key customers. You don’t have to look far to find software that is difficult to use, especially in healthcare; electronic health records (EHR) systems are the bane of many physicians’ existence. Mobile computing and app stores have shown us a different way. When we download the Uber application, for example, Uber doesn’t...
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AI Has a Foothold in Business, Now for the Next Steps

Everyone's talking about AI, but many companies have trouble getting their efforts off the ground. In a recent survey and brief, EY pinpoints the challenges and opportunities. AI is seeping into different industries, slowly remolding the global competitive landscape. However, most business leaders still don't know how machine intelligence will impact their businesses. EY recently published a brief , which focuses the current state of AI. We...
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How IT Can Improve Asset Management

The traditional approach to IT asset management is flawed and needs to be replaced with a strategy that factors in the reliance on cloud computing and SaaS. A recent Gartner survey of over 3,000 CIOs lists digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), security, and Internet of Things (IoT) as top priorities for CIOs going into 2018. CIOs also reported that increasingly they are seeing their roles change, to where they’re getting mor...
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Enterprises Cautiously Migrate Toward IaaS

On-premises, infrastructure-as-a-service will coexist for quite a while with large organizations moving more workloads to the public cloud, yet operating their own data centers for years to come. If the public cloud and in-house data centers are in a prize fight, the cloud seems to be gaining the advantage, but it's not going to be a knockout. At this point, most large enterprises are using public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for at l...
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