BlackBerry COO: ‘We Are Focused On Securing The EoT’
Enterprise of Things (EoT) security is already fueling conversations among the IT C-suite, but along with these new opportunities, EoT will represent a growing challenge for all organizations. To succeed in a climate of constantly growing and evolving cyber threats, the EoT needs a layered security approach.
Android Apps: Now Google Will Let You Try Before You Install
Google is now doing more to promote Android Instant apps, which allow users to use the key features of an app without actually installing it. Instant Apps allow developers to distribute their Android apps from a link shared via a message, search or social media, offering a halfway point between native apps and the mobile web.
The People Fueling Digital Transformation
The IoT is imminent – and so are the security challenges it will inevitably bring. But considering how rapidly technology innovation has been disrupting industries, it’s no surprise that industry leaders are feeling the heat when it comes to reconfiguring teams and deploying the proper technologies to benefit their business’ bottom line. According to Gartner, 20 percent of CEOs are taking a digital-first approach to business change. This shift starts at the top and requires complete employee buy-in to achieve success.
Cloud Security Alliance Updates ‘Top Threats To Cloud Computing’ List
Seattle-based Cloud Security Alliance has some new and updated advice for enterprises that do some or all of their business using cloud applications—and that pretty much means all enterprises. The global organization, which is dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure secure cloud computing environments, on Oct. 20 released an update of its most important industry document, “Top Threats to Cloud Computing + Industry Insights.”
Intel Unveils The Nervana Neural Network Processor
Intel is taking the wraps off of the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly known as “Lake Crest,” a chip three years in the making that’s designed expressly for AI and deep learning. Along with explaining its unique architecture, Intel announced that Facebook has been a close collaborator as it prepares to bring the Nervana NNP to market. The chipmaker also laid out the beginnings of a product roadmap.
Apple, GE Partner To Bring Predix Apps To iOS
General Electric is partnering with Apple to develop mobile apps for industrial operators that will bring analytics from GE’s Predix platform to Apple’s iPads and iPhones. Predix, which launched in 2015, is GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform. It was built for managing, analyzing and storing machine sensor data and is aimed primarily at globally regulated industries, including aviation, healthcare, transportation and oil and gas utility providers.
AI, Robotics, IoT, Augmented And Virtual Reality To Bolster ICT Spending
Technologies related to the Internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality will juice global information and communications technology spending, according to IDC. Information and communication technology (ICT) spending includes traditional IT as well as telecom services. IDC is forecasting traditional ICT spending to lag gross domestic product (GDP) through 2020, but new technology investment will boost overall spending.
Samsung Launches Bixby 2.0 Everywhere Plan, Consolidates IoT Efforts
Amazon has its Alexa everywhere strategy. Google Assistant has Android for distribution. Apple has Siri throughout its products. And now Samsung is trying to get its Bixby platform a little more love via distribution and more touch points for developers. Samsung’s master plan is to embed its Bixby digital assistant in more of its core products and then take that reach and woo developers. Will it work? It’s not clear, but Bixby 2.0 will at least have more business strategy behind it than the first version.
Five Steps To Transform The Digital Experience In Healthcare
Digital transformation might be more complex in healthcare than any other industry. But the time has come for hospitals to not just think about digital experience but, rather, to start planning for how to actually get to that digital state. “The value proposition DX offers is its ability to nurture digitally-enabled enterprises and reap rewards while offsetting risk, is far too great for healthcare organizations to miss,” according to IT consultancy IDC. “Healthcare organizations that thrive through DX are able to more effectively deal with challenges such as delivering on value-based care, consumerism and improving outcomes.”
The Robot Revolution Has Already Happened In A Surprising Number Of Industries
According to a new analysis by Inkwood Research, the global market for collaborative robots is on track to generate a net revenue of about $9.27 billion by 2025. That represents an astounding pace of adoption for a class of technology that largely didn’t exist until 2008, when Universal Robots brought UR5, an early collaborative unit, to market. It also suggests that more small- and medium-sized companies are turning to robots as a way to drive down labor costs and increase productivity. Many so-called cobots cost around $30K.
Under Cisco, AppDynamics Extends Its Reach Into Business Outcomes
Cisco and AppDynamics made a big splash in January when the two agreed to Cisco’s $3.7 billion acquisition literally on the eve of AppDynamics’ highly anticipated initial public offering. Since then, AppDynamics has been meeting with customers and explaining what Cisco will bring to App Dynamics. But more important is what AppDynamics will bring to Cisco, a company that is still large and powerful in the networking market, but which is desperately trying to reinvent itself around enterprise software, internet of things, security and collaboration services.
Industry Spotlight: Enterprise Agile Coming Of Age
Businesses are struggling to stay relevant as the pace of business continues to accelerate and disruptive innovation becomes norm. To compete more effectively, leading companies are pushing Agile practices out from development teams to IT and the organization at large. They’re also integrating internal systems in unprecedented ways to better leverage their software and information assets.
Nokia Partners With AWS On Cloud Migration, 5G And IoT Strategies
Nokia has announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in a bid to improve cloud migration and software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) services for enterprises, along with working across the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.
SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud Brings Facial Recognition AI To Retailing
SAP’s Hybris Marketing Cloud service is using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, machine learning particularly, to help retailers make more informed and targeted marketing decisions. During the SAP Hybris LIVE: Global Summit event in Barcelona, the German business software giant announced on Oct. 17 an integration with SAP Leonardo that allows SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud customers to use facial recognition to help retailers promote in-store sales and bridge the gap between online and brick-and-mortar retailing.
There’s More To Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Than Mixed Reality
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has other things to offer besides mixed-reality support. Although mixed reality may be the update’s headline feature, the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system also has things in store for users who may never strap on a headset to explore virtual worlds or partake in augmented-reality experiences. Rather, it’s far more likely that users have an iPhone or Android smartphone close at hand.
McKinsey: You Cannot Do Enterprise AI Without Digital Transformation
Hardly a day goes by without a prediction about how artificial intelligence will radically change our lives — driving our cars, running errands, sucking up jobs. But what is the state of enterprise AI? In a McKinsey & Co. survey of 3,000 executives conducted earlier this year on enterprise AI, only a small percentage reported they are using AI either in their core business or at scale. The vast majority of respondents — 80 percent — are either thinking about AI or experimenting with it. In both scenarios, companies are still figuring out use cases and what kind of talent and technology is necessary to reap value out of their AI investments.
Digital Disruption In Banking Continues Unabated
The digital disruption in the global banking sector continues to rise. Consumers worldwide increasingly expect new and innovative services from their banks and are willing to share data with new financial service providers, according to a global online survey by ACI Worldwide and YouGov.
Team Collaboration Tools Spreading Enterprise-Wide
Microsoft’s move to replace Skype for Business Online with Microsoft Teams reflects a larger unified communications trend of vendors and users focused on team-based, cloud-based, messaging-centric collaboration applications. This shift is significant for unified communications users, as it highlights a different way of working and ushers in new user interfaces.
Credit Unions Engaging With Digital Transformation
It’s not only large banks and finance house that are engaging with digital transformation, the processes of automation and moving services online pays benefits for credit unions as well. A recent study, involving 221 credit union employees, conducted by CO-OP Financial Services, found that 88 percent of respondents indicated that digital transformation is something that is either “quite” or “extremely” important. The advantages of doing so are linked with increasing membership and with this market share.
Google Adds Redaction, Masking Features To Data Loss Prevention API
Google is giving organizations more ways to protect sensitive data such as credit card and Social Security numbers in workloads on its cloud platform. The company Oct. 19 said it has added new data de-identification features to the existing capabilities offered by its cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API. Google’s DLP API, initially released this March, is designed to help companies find, classify and protect some 50 different types of sensitive data in cloud data stores, email applications and in other locations.
Facebook Is Ramping Up Its Enterprise Presence
After becoming the biggest social and messaging platform globally, Facebook is working on expanding its presence in the enterprise space. The company has long excelled in the consumer market — Facebook owns three of the top 10 apps with the highest reach in the US — but it lags on the enterprise side behind competing digital platforms from other players like Amazon, Google, and Apple.