The Digital Transformation Journey – Four IT Leaders Share The Lessons Learned
Leading digital transformation initiatives might be crucial to business success, but that doesn’t mean driving change is straightforward. What is certain is that IT leaders will play a key role in the change process, with analyst Gartner suggesting 46 percent of European CIOs are responsible for digital transformation in their organizations.
Apple To Bring Facial Recognition To iPad
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple plans to transfer some product features from the new iPhone X to the next iPad when it comes out next year. It’s a regular Apple practice to upgrade its professional tablet with major new features to entice buyers. In this case, the new features will be Face ID 3D facial scanning feature, which will also allow Apple to make room for a larger display in the same chassis that currently holds the latest iPad Pro’s 10.5-inch screen.
Amazon Web Services Adds New Services To Bolster Cloud Security
Amazon announced a series of new security features for its cloud platform on Nov. 8, providing users with enhanced capabilities to help protect S3 storage buckets and virtual private cloud (VPC) endpoint connections. The company is launching the new Amazon Web Services (AWS) security features ahead of its re:invent conference. The security of the AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) has been under intense scrutiny over the course of 2017, with multiple groups of security researchers finding unintentionally exposed data due to various misconfiguration issues.
Apple Pay Cash, Fix For Autocorrect Bug Released In iOS 11.2 Beta
Square Cash, PayPal, and Venmo have some competition: Apple Pay Cash. Apple has released iOS 11.2 beta 2 to public beta testers, which includes the new feature according to TechCrunch. The peer-to-peer payment service, first announced in June, relies on Apple’s iMessage platform to send and receive money with contacts. Using Apple Pay as the source of payment, users can store money on a digital Apple Pay Cash card for future transactions, or transfer it a bank account.
Microsoft To Integrate Third-Party Security Information Into Its Service
Microsoft is partnering with other security vendors to integrate their macOS, Linux, iOS and Android security wares with its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service. On November 8, Microsoft announced the first three such partners — Bitdefender, Lookout and Ziften. These companies will feed any threats detected into the single Windows Defender ATP console. With Defender ATP, every device has its own timeline with event history dating back up to six months.
Equifax Spends $87.5 Million On Data Breach, More Expenses On Deck
Equifax spent $87.5 million in the third quarter on its recent data breach. The disclosure, which came amid an earnings report that showed revenue growth of 4 percent to $834.8 million and net income of $96.3 million. In other words, the data breach affecting 145 million Equifax customers dented the cash cow, but certainly didn’t kill it.
HPE Unveils Blockchain-As-A-Service For Enterprises
The household-name IT companies are making their moves to provide competing goods and services in the fast-growing blockchain infrastructure IT realm. Following IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise on Nov. 10 revealed its first product in what it calls the HPE Mission Critical Blockchain group. Mission Critical Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is a solution that enables customers to run distributed ledger workloads on the highest availability enterprise platforms, the company said.
Google’s New Android App: Manage Storage, Share Files Without Using Mobile Data
Google is preparing to launch a new Android app that will help users transfer files to other contacts without using up mobile data. The app is somewhat similar to Apple’s AirDrop, but rather is positioned as a “smart storage manager” that allows users to share, manage and delete files. Files Go also appears to be aimed at Android users in emerging markets and could be extra helpful on devices with limited local storage that are used in areas with patchy network coverage.
IoT Devices Are An Enterprise Security Time Bomb
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing serious security concerns for enterprises worldwide with few companies capable of securing them as they are unable to identify devices properly, according to new research. Recently, ForeScout Technologies revealed the results of a new survey into the challenges IoT poses for the enterprise. The survey, conducted by Forrester Consulting, suggests that IoT and operational technology (OT) are having a serious impact on the way businesses conduct themselves today — and pose a huge risk due to a lack of information and appropriate security practices.
Success In Retail Is About Smarts
Smart Retail has gone through revolutionary changes in the past 10 years and will exponentially continue to do so going forward. According to ABI Research’s Smart Retail – Technologies report brick and mortar stores are no longer the only option for consumers across the globe to make their everyday purchases, due to significant advancements in technology, both in-store and online.
Juniper Research Says Smart Store Tech To Create US$78 Billion Revenue By 2022
Amazon Go and other ‘invisible payment’ technologies aim to reduce or remove physical checkouts from the retail experience. These will process over US$78 billion in transactions by 2022, up from an expected US$9.8 billion this year, according to a new study from Juniper Research.
Fake WhatApp Update For Android Dodges Google Play Vetting Process
As much as Google has tried to prevent malware from being uploaded to its official Play mobile application store, the company has kept tripping up—with almost alarming regularity in recent months. The latest incident involves a fake version of the WhatsApp instant messenger for Android that was downloaded at least 1 million times over the past few days before Google removed it Sunday after learning of the issue from Reddit readers.
Enterprise Software Slows Down Digital Transformation
A recent survey confirms the drag that much of today’s installed software has on transitions to the digital realm. A study of 200 manufacturers, conducted by IFS, finds a connection between enterprise resource planning (ERP), field service management (FSM), enterprise asset management (EAM) and other types of enterprise software and readiness for digital transformation — or lack of thereof.
Cloud Innovation Will Power Enterprise Transformation In 2018
It’s already that time of year again: Pumpkin spice and predictions for the New Year! Forrester’s Cloud team has been busy gathering, analyzing, and prioritizing our predictions for what’s ahead in cloud computing for 2018. As our 2018 cloud predictions published today, here’s a sneak peek into what we see ahead for the most transformative technology trend of the past decade.
Boomerang Launches Work-Focused AI Assistant For Email
After over 20 years in the office its obvious that email will never die, and tasks and notification popups have made the issue worse for office workers. To try and address this issue, Mountain View CA-based productivity software company Boomerang has launched its email app. Coupled with a work-focused AI assistant the app has been designed to regain lost hours, simplify tasks, and improve productivity.
CIOs Admit Digital Transformation Strategy Will Not Be Fully Implemented
While the majority of global businesses have a digital transformation strategy in place, it is unlikely that it covers the whole organization or that the CIO will deploy the strategy in full, according to research. However, research of 340 senior IT decision makers at large enterprises, carried out by Vanson Bourne for IT services firm HCL, revealed that while 70 percent of CIOs have a formal digital transformation plan, only 10 percent said they will fully deploy it.
UPS Joins Blockchain Alliance To Spur Standards Development For Shipping Industry
UPS has announced that it’s joining the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a business consortium that aims to spur development of blockchain technology standards for the logistics and freight industries. Blockchain, best known as the technology behind bitcoin, is a distributed, encrypted database architecture that is considered immune from tampering. In a nutshell, a blockchain logs data on a network and stores them in blocks that are linked and secured by cryptography.