April 22, 2016

The 4 Stages of Better Technology Adoption

Every business is at a different stage in their technology evolution. For some, they’re just starting to see that the break-fix relationship with their provider isn’t serving them properly. For others, they have a fully integrated technology strategy, but need a way to take it to the next level. So often we discuss topics that involve technology innovation without paying as much attention to topics that cater to the initial stages of businesses improving technology. This is important because a small business owners need to understand how they can improve and innovate their technology just as much as a more sophisticated business that is farther along in their technology process. Here are the four stages of better technology adoption to help you get a better idea of where you stand and what the next steps might be for you to innovate your technology at a pace that’s right for you.

How to be More Productive as a Data Scientist

Greater productivity can be gained beyond avoiding unnecessary repeated tasks. The cloud has become an indispensable tool for all sorts of businesses and industries, with one of its greatest strengths being increased productivity. This holds true for a field as complex and new as data science. Various cloud services and tools have been developed designed to help data scientists conduct their analyses, clean data, and visualize their results. With the cloud, data scientists can perform their duties from nearly anywhere while having access to vast stores of data they would otherwise not be able to use. Many productivity tips are much simpler than using cloud services or getting rid of unhealthy iterations.

Why enterprise developers could save Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft is well aware of its market share problem and the related shortage of quality mobile apps, of course, and it purchased Xamarin in February to make it simpler, and thus cheaper, for Windows developers to port their desktop applications to iOS, Android or Windows 10 Mobile. "This is not for people who write iOS or Android apps, but if you are a corporate Windows developer and you have held back on mobile applications, now you have the possibility of building your applications for third party mobile platforms," according to Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, who spoke with CIO.com last month.  Windows no longer rules the business software world unchallenged, but a huge install base of Microsoft applications still exists within in midsize and large businesses.

The tech industry’s “diversity” focus favors one group over pretty much any other

Rarely, though, will you ever hear white people lamenting about working conditions that their black or brown children, spouses and siblings might have to endure. They rarely have those relationships, so they aren’t forced to develop empathy for brown and black people. Colorless diversity is okay with spending tens of millions of dollars on conferences, summits, retreats, and outreach for and about white women, but finds it distasteful when others point out the disparity in spending for people of color. Colorless diversity would have black and brown people sit down and wait their turn. Let me be clear: I’m not writing this because I think it’s bad that companies are spending money on diversity programs for women. These programs are necessary.

The Era of the Intelligent Cloud Has Arrived

The more enterprises seek out insights to drive greater business outcomes, the more it becomes evident the era of the Intelligent Cloud has arrived. C-level execs are looking to scale beyond descriptive analytics that defines past performance patterns. What many are after is an entirely new level of insights that are prescriptive and cognitive. Getting greater insight that leads to more favorable business outcomes is what the Intelligent Cloud is all about. The following Intelligent Cloud Maturity Model summarizes the maturity levels of enterprises attempting to gain greater insights and drive more profitable business outcomes. Line-of-business leaders across all industries want more from their cloud apps than they are getting today.

Microsoft’s Nadella taps potential of industrial internet of things

With more of the value in industrial products shifting from hardware to software, it is no surprise that many industrial companies are reconsidering their software strategies. According to GE, the industrial internet as a whole will be a $225bn market in terms of annual revenues by 2020 — dwarfing the expected $170bn for the consumer internet of things, which has attracted more public attention, and bigger even than the enterprise cloud computing market which is predicted to hit $206bn. Of the new industrial software market, GE estimates that some $100bn will go to a small handful of companies that provide the central platforms for the industrial internet — the software that collects and aggregates data, acts as the foundation for higher-level applications and creates shop windows for developers to reach an audience in the industrial world

Why HTC may be the next Motorola of Android

HTC's been moving in the right direction for a while now, with an impressive and ever-improving focus on overall user experience and post-sales support. It's been climbing higher every year on my Android upgrade report card and this year came in with stronger scores than ever -- an 86% overall, following only Google's Nexus devices in terms of all-around upgrade reliability.  HTC may earn its profits from hardware sales like everyone else, but where it differs is that it actually seems to place value on positive long-term relationships with the people who buy its devices. ... It's not just timely upgrades that make HTC the new consumer-friendly king of Android manufacturers: It's things like stepping up and answering my call for a guaranteed two full years of upgrades for flagship phones, long before any other manufacturer was willing to make such a commitment.

9 Free Windows Apps That Can Solve Wi-Fi Woes

As we all know, life isn't quite that easy. Your home or office network can have dead spots where devices can't seem to connect, or where the connections get slow or flaky. Public hotspots can make you prey for hackers and snoopers. And when you are at a hotspot, you might need to share your connection with your other devices, including smartphones and tablets. While there is no way to immediately solve all the problems associated with wireless connectivity, there are applications that can make things better -- and many of them are free. I've rounded up nine free pieces of Windows software that can go a long way toward helping you solve your Wi-Fi issues at home, in your office or on the go.

Google's problem with the cloud is that it's too innovative and not practical enough

Google practically invented the cloud, yet struggles to translate its benefits to more earth-bound enterprises. Even at GCP Next, which was essentially an enterprise love-in, Google couldn't help but tout its science fiction bona fides. Sure, Google started well. Chairman Eric Schmidt intoned that "Cloud is about automating the tedious details and empowering people." Tedious...enterprise...so far, so good! But then, Google started into machine learning, an area where it's heads and shoulders above its competition, with Google senior fellow Jeff Dean telling the crowd, "Machine learning is one of the most important topics in computing." The company went on to blog that "now any application can take advantage of the same deep learning techniques that power many of Google's services."

SEC Warns More Cyber Enforcement Actions Coming

"Cyber is obviously a focus of ours, as I know it is for the other divisions, and we've brought a number of cases there relating to Reg S-P and failure to have policies and procedures relating to safeguarding information," Ceresney said, citing the case the commission brought against R.T. Jones, a St. Louis-based RIA, this past summer. "There'll be others coming down the pike," Ceresney cautioned. The SEC is reviewing the cybersecurity policies in place at advisors and broker-dealers. Separately, the commission has been shifting exam personnel from the BD side of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations to the unit that oversees RIAs. But even with those moves, commission officials acknowledge that they can't keep up with the rapid growth of the RIA sector. The SEC is only able to examine about 10% of registered advisors in a given year

Quote for the day:

"The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do." — -- Andrew Carnegie

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