In my post last month on Thought Feast, I talked about the struggle organisations seem to be having with Cloud adoption. It was then very timely that, on 10th June, I was at the Forrester event in London talking to CIOs and Senior Architects from some of our customers and saw David Goulden, EMC President and COO, deliver his keynote on Cloud workloads. David called out the fact that, historically, enterprise IT has only really focused on capacity and hasn’t had discussions with the business about performance and SLAs when considering where to host application workloads.Moving forward, organisations need to consider performance and the desired SLA to correctly determine where to host their workloads – especially when thinking about performance or service levels when using a Public Cloud. This perspective was met by much scribbling in notebooks or tapping on iPads and some photographing of the slides, indicating that David’s message clearly resonated with the audience.David went on to describe the filters (economics, risk and functionality) that should be used to define the enterprise Cloud strategy and ensure workloads are hosted in the right Cloud environment. Correct application of those filters actually demonstrates that, for many workloads in the typical enterprise, a well-managed Private Cloud is more cost effective than using Public Cloud offerings. This also seemed to strike a chord with the audience, and it was a hot topic of discussion at the dinner EMC hosted with customers that same evening.In the current climate of austerity, IT organisations are under pressure to reduce operating costs, and many people have jumped to the conclusion that the use of Public Cloud can save money compared to hosting the workloads themselves. Appropriate analysis is needed to ensure the performance and SLAs meet business needs at a price point that is desirable.Or, put another way, it is very much a case of “buyer beware” as Cloud service contracts seldom address security, commit to SLAs or have termination rights. All these things need to be factored into the decision-making process.
IT Trust Curve Survey released today finds that 45% of senior executives currently lack confidence in their organizations’ data protection, security and IT availability. Clearly, I’m not the only risk manager wondering whether we have enough eyes on these matters.This new, first-of-its-kind global survey reveals the insights of more than 3,000 decision maker interviews that span industry sectors and company sizes, from 16 different countries around the world.Half of the survey participants hold roles in IT and the other half are non-IT senior executives, so the results offer a balanced look at how IT preparedness is viewed from the boardroom and from the IT trenches.The survey findings underscore how important it is for IT practitioners to demonstrate to executive leadership that they have adequate governance processes in place for IT risk management.This enables practitioners to build confidence that new issues and threats to the enterprise are being monitored, captured and managed effectively in the context of a robust infrastructure protection program.Sharing information about how the business is protected through governance models and routines is as important as sharing information about what is protected.As a chief risk officer, I can say that investing the time to deliver these messages to your executive management team and risk committees at the board level is crucial. Otherwise, communication gaps will lead to gaps in trust. For example, the survey reveals that 70% of IT participants consider their IT functions to be a driver of a resilient and secure infrastructure, yet only 50% of non-IT decision makers see IT functions performing that role.In mature IT organizations, success against IT threats is not just accidental or attributable to good luck, but rather the result of mature processes and deployment of the correct IT tools that continuously monitor for new threats and adjust to new issues as they are revealed.Driving for a higher level of maturity is not just for the Fortune 500 or the world’s largest companies. Every organization needs to pursue greater maturity in IT to protect intellectual property and reputations with customers, shareholders, and other public stakeholders.See our IT Trust Curve Survey for the complete research findings, as well as an infographic that details top line results for each country surveyed. There is a wealth of information you can bring back to your organization to energize internal conversations on the importance of trusted IT.
It’s that time of year again, where we look ahead to determine what tech trends will make the most significant impact in 2016. From my view data analytics and our digital way of life will increasingly transform the world and the nature of business. Here are a few ways I see that playing out in the year ahead:Prediction 1: Digital Business Makes Its Way To The Corner OfficeThe C-suite increasingly understands the value of digital business and the data it produces, but they have yet to bring new executives permanently into the room to drive a digital agenda across their company. That’s about to change. Increasingly Chief Digital Officers will be appointed and tasked with utilizing the latest and greatest technology to make products smarter and create frictionless service experiences for customers. Data – the digital exhaust that these new capabilities leave behind – will need to analyzed and exploited for competitive advantage. This is not a tech industry phenomenon – it is an “every industry” phenomenon. Yet while the C-suite knows it’s good for it, it’ll still grapple with decisions about org charts, duties and turf wars. Should the Chief Digital Officer report to the CEO, the CMO… or the CIO?Prediction 2: Wearables Win Olympic GoldWearable sensors will usher in a new era that will overcome some of the, ahem, hurdles for some sports.Swimmers already rely on underwater cameras for stroke analysis, but those provide fairly limited insight. Newly developed sensors for that sport will be just one example of how 2016 will be a breakthrough year for athletes to use data analytics to execute peak performance. Companies like Nike – which calls data “the new voice of the athlete” – will aid them in that pursuit as they harness data for innovation, which will be both on display and behind-the- scenes at the Olympic Games like never before. We’ll see sensors integrated into wearables to assess elite athletes across multiple dimensions – from diets and sleep patterns to running styles and optimum body angles – empowering athletes to become masters of their own physical performance. But Usain Bolt is not going to be wearing a Fitbit as he competes: to make an impact, wearables will be tailored to each athlete’s bespoke needs.Prediction 3: Wearables Won’t Equal Personalized Medicine, Yet.Despite the hype generated by Jawbones and Fitbits, wearables won’t make a widespread impact on personal health next year. For wearables to deliver on the promise of personalized medicine, healthcare professionals will need direct access to the data they generate about their patients so that time isn’t wasted when early warning signs surface. Will device makers and physicians connect to build out the needed back-end? Will consumers want to grant this type of continuous access to their biometric data? In my view, the cultural hurdle is the bigger barrier than the technology, but neither will be addressed to make personalized medicine a reality in 2016.Prediction 4: The Dark Web: A Tool for Criminals in 2015, a Source of Security in 2016In 2015, pop culture fed the legend of the dark web – the steamy digital back alley where criminals sell their illicit goods and occasionally order hit men. Digitally speaking, the dark web is the dark web because it is not indexed by search engines. But that will change – not so it can be searched by you or me (it’ll stay very dark), but so that the dark web will actually turn into a tool for the good guys. Counterintuitive? Let me explain: most companies now understand that for security breaches it is not a question of if, but when. With this accepted, companies will embrace technology that minimizes risk. How? By looking for data in the place data goes after it’s been stolen: the dark web. Software-driven tools that trawl the dark web as a means to identify stolen info will propagate in 2016. Eventually, use of these tools will reduce the amount of time security breaches last, while increasing the perishability of the data stolen. In doing so, companies will be able to take corrective action much more quickly to protect customers than they can today – all by using the dark web itself.Prediction 5: VR Will Bring the Stadium to Your Living RoomAlready you can buy a cheap set of VR goggles to clip onto your smartphone, but who does that? No one – ah, ok, maybe a couple of you. But that’s not the point. This is: Innovation in virtual- and augmented-reality technology will quicken, with entertainment leading the way.Imagine going to a rock concert where you can have a front row view of the stage and a backstage pass – without ever leaving your living room. Led by Facebook introducing Rift, consumers will get their hands on high quality VR. And sports leagues and entertainers – with their eyes on turning an 80,000 seat stadium into an 800,000 seat one – will seek to transform digitally to take advantage of this in order to leap ahead. Sports teams and major touring acts will offer the first of a set of totally immersive experiences – a 360 degree view from inside an F1 cockpit, a front row seat to U2 – that you can fully experience without getting off your couch. Except to dance. Or brace for impact.While I still think VR live streaming will take more time than 2016 offers, these first offers will start to get people hooked. There’s plenty of incentive. It’s a $4.5 billion opportunity for sports and entertainment brands and it’s a way for everyone else to avoid paying $15 for hot dogs and $100 for parking.Prediction 6: Software Eats The CarFor a couple of years now I’ve been talking about how electric power is not the most interesting new innovation in the automotive industry – software is, and specifically, automation through software. The mighty German and Japanese automakers are in a race unlike anything they’ve ever seen before – a race to do to the car what Apple did to the phone. Having spent time playing with Tesla’s new ‘Autopilot’ feature on my recent drive down Highway 101 to Carmel I’m convinced more than ever that every car will go this way – and the pace will accelerate dramatically in 2016. And I don’t just mean a self-driving car… but a car that connects to your Wi-Fi when you pull into your garage, a car that is continuously updated with new features, a car that becomes much smarter about you every time you drive it, a car that predicts your needs before you need them. All of this is enabled by software … and analytics on the data that software collects. In the next 10 years half the automakers we know today will be gone – eaten by software.
Last week, on February 1st 2018 “it-was-a-wrap” for the Dell EMC Forum series with our last stop in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dell EMC Forum is a global event series through which customers and prospects can engage with the latest and most popular content from Dell EMC. There were keynotes, breakout sessions, demos, and hands-on-learning at our Solution Showcase and of course, lots of industry networking.“There’s lots of work left to be done educating Dell Technologies clients about the whole portfolio and what other solutions they might be able to take advantage of,” Mike Sharun, president of enterprise sales for Canada, told IT World Canada when the Forum was held there last year.These in-person events have been a great opportunity for us to do just that and take the Dell EMC message to 14 cities across Canada and the US and talk to 7500+ attendees.Now with the Virtual Forum Live Day we can connect with even more customers across both North America and Latin America! On February 15th at 11am EST, the Dell EMC Virtual Forum Day will go live. Customers will have an opportunity to engage with interesting content including:Keynotes by Michael Dell, CEO & Chairman of Dell Technologies and John Roese, President, Dell EMCOn-demand webcasts from a number of different tracks including, Digital Transformation, Modern Infrastructure, Cloud Strategy and Workforce Transformation.White papers, videos, infographics available for download in our IT Transformation and Workforce Transformation zonesLive chat with some of Dell EMC’s finest technology experts including scheduled chats with David Fritz and Matt CowgerBest of all, you can participate in our Scavenger Hunt for your chance to win some amazing prizes including a GPS Quadcopter Drone, GoPro Hero 6 and Amazon Echos!Register now to save the date and learn what’s driving the next era and its impact on your business.Contact [email protected] for more information. #DellEMCForum #Virtual
A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party has resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account. Edwin Boyette confirmed Monday that he resigned a day earlier. He posted Saturday that QAnon adherents should not be mocked or ridiculed for their beliefs because they stem from patriotism and love of country. Some QAnon believers were among those that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Democratic Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a Monday news conference said he doesn’t understand how anyone that adheres to those beliefs are really doing it because they’re patriotic.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says lawmakers face threats of violence from an “enemy” within Congress and more money is needed to protect them. The California Democrat’s remarks are a startling acknowledgement of how internal tensions over safety have escalated since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that Congress should provide more money to protect lawmakers “when the enemy is within the House of Representatives.” Pelosi said she was referring to members of Congress who want to bring guns on the House floor and “have threatened violence on other members of Congress.” She didn’t offer names.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Voters in Ecuador are heading to the polls to pick a new president amid a deepening economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. More than a dozen candidates have entered the race in an election scheduled for Sunday. The large number of candidates makes a runoff election on April 11 virtually certain. One of the two leading candidates is Andrés Arauz, who was endorsed by former President Rafael Correa. Correa still is a powerful political force despite his conviction on corruption charges. The other main contender is banker Guillermo Lasso, who favors free market policies and Ecuador’s rapprochement with international organizations.
MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a gunman ambushed a state trooper’s patrol car on a Florida highway and was shot when the trooper inside returned fire. Lt. Alejandro Camacho told news outlets that the trooper was not hit in Wednesday’s attack near Miami but his car was riddled with bullets. Camacho says the trooper was guarding a lane closure for a construction project when the gunman abruptly stopped his car, walked up to the patrol car and opened fire. The gunman was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.