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It’s hard for enterprises to adopt emerging tech. Here’s a way to do it

It’s hard for enterprises to adopt emerging tech. Here’s a way to do it

There are some truly amazing emerging technologies out there. AI and chatbots. Blockchain. Cryptocurrencies. Augmented reality, virtual reality… we’re all in a new kind of reality. Enterprise companies don’t want to leave these technologies in the hands of the startups that will disrupt them. But is is a huge challenge even for experienced CIOs to get a handle on how to bring these technologies in-house, integrate them with legacy systems and beat the competition. Why startups have the edge with…

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Big business opportunities with Big Data

Big business opportunities with Big Data

The weather isn’t just a topic for chatting around the water cooler. Thanks to Big Data, it is becoming big business. That’s why IBM recently bought the Weather Channel for reported $2 billion. And it is also another manifestation of big data creating opportunities for companies to capitalize on. IBM has made Big Data and analytics the next mountain it wishes to climb They understand that a company of any size will need vital sets of information in order to…

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Digging for gold in big data

Digging for gold in your company’s data

You’ve probably heard about ‘Big Data’ and ‘Predictive Analytics.’ These are the big buzz words floating around today. These terms sound very technical, futuristic even… and expensive. Perhaps you were informed that you need to start a project that incorporates these concepts, but you have no idea why or how you would embark on such a mission. Let me give you an example of why you should do just that. Most likely your company has customers. Hopefully the information about…

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Top 5 reasons why school district IT strategy plans fail

Top 5 reasons why school district IT strategy plans fail

So you think you have a good IT strategy for your school district. Well, do these problems remind you of… you? Let’s say you’re in year two of a five year plan. However, budget cuts hamper your ability to complete the rest of the plan. To make matters worse, declining enrolment is expected for the next few years. Budgets will shrink. That  means fewer resources to execute your plan. You throw your hands in the air. You wonder why you…

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Lenovo climbs mount stupid, plants a flag and takes a selfie.

This is a lesson about greed, bad communications and stupidity. Somewhere deep inside the executive offices of computer giant Lenovo, somebody had an ingenious plan: Let’s extract more money from our customers. To refresh your memory, Lenovo has long been a manufacturer of desktop computers, laptops and other electronics. The company first came to the spotlight when it purchased the laptop (remember ThinkPads? Yes they are still around) division from IBM, phones from Motorola/Google and the latest, the Intel-based server…

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