Journey to Cognitive Computing

Published On: Jul 31, 2017 7:05:00 AM

Cognitive Is a Journey

You do not just simply turn on cognitive computing and suddenly your data center will start deciphering your data for you.

It is a journey that does not happen overnight. A great example of this journey is the IBM acquisition of The Weather Company.

Cognitive begins with access to data

The first steps into your cognitive journey begin with access to data.

If your company is like many organizations, you have a lot of data, and much of it is housed in silos.

Sales has a set of customer data. Operations has logistic and stock data. Finance has, of course, has financial data.

That data must be accessible to be useful.

And the more data that you have, the better your results.

Why a Hybrid Cloud Offers the Best of All Worlds

Published On: Jul 18, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Which Cloud Model is Best for Your Business

While other organizations race to achieve operational improvements to lower costs and reduce complexity, the hybrid cloud model could be the silver bullet to help transform your IT from a cost center into an engine for growth and innovation.

The cloud comes in different flavors – private, public and hybrid.

Hybrid clouds – a blend of the best private and public cloud features – are the way of the future.

A hybrid cloud translates into cost savings and a more agile infrastructure with a lot less maintenance hassle.

IT resources can be tapped on demand, and an entire infrastructure can be updated easily.

But what’s the difference, and how should you choose which cloud model is right for your business?

IBM Power Systems Provide the Platform to Cognitive

Published On: Jun 28, 2017 1:03:31 PM

How IBM Power Systems fuel IBM Cognitive Systems for Business

The advent of big data, fueled by low-cost storage, data collection by billions of connected devices (more than 2.5 quintillion bytes every day!) and growing computing power, has created a new paradigm in which processing, analyzing and leveraging data is critical for any business.

Specifically, the analytics revolution, in which data holders dig out much more useful information and create new uses for data, has been running full-tilt for years.

In fact, nearly all companies today must be internet-capable, data-savvy operations or else they’ll quickly fall behind their competitors.

To successfully leverage the potential of big data and analytics, computing platforms need robust processing capability to keep up.

IBM’s Power Systems uses the most advanced hardware and software combination to provide the power that businesses need today, tomorrow and into the future.

Worth pointing out is the fact that the IBM Power team has identified the need for processor acceleration to drive innovation with an open ecosystem of partners. In addition, IBM’s Power Systems are paired with PowerAI, a comprehensive set of tools to develop cognitive, enterprise-level AI applications. 

This new Power Systems solution, now part of IBM Cognitive Systems, provides the computing acceleration that businesses need—on the premises, in the cloud or via Watson. 

Deploying Hybrid Cloud with Software-Defined Storage

Published On: Jun 19, 2017 8:01:00 AM

As today’s business and IT leaders navigate the turbulent waters of digital transformation, the focus for many is on enabling hybrid cloud capabilities while managing exponential data growth.

The promises of full hybrid cloud functionality beckons — seamlessly move enterprise workloads on- or off-premises as needs dictate, providing cost savings and flexibility.

Enjoy the economics, scalability and innovation of cloud services without sacrificing the security and customization of private resources.

We're all grappling with hybrid cloud deployment 

Recent industry surveys show that 80-percent of enterprise IT organizations have committed to hybrid cloud infrastructures, making this one of the top IT trends of the year.

But the reality is that enabling hybrid functionality within today’s enterprise IT environments has its challenges, with data storage issues at the top of the list.

As enterprises work to create and support modern next-generation digital applications that can transform customer experiences and conquer new markets, they are finding that the data storage systems of their hybrid cloud environments — often legacy SAN systems — create a stumbling block.

Traditional data storage simply cannot overcome today’s hybrid cloud challenges of scale, integration and flexibility to deliver true data mobility.

Developing Your Cloud Strategy

Published On: Jun 8, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Best Practices for Building Your Cloud Roadmap

Ready to utilize cloud services but not quite sure where to begin?

Cloud services costs can add up fast, and nothing’s more painful than trying to justify how a project either underperformed or went over budget.

To create the best cloud solution for your company, you need an action plan before you buy – a plan you feel confident will quickly earn the trust of your superiors and team.

The good news?

Building your cloud roadmap isn’t that difficult.

6 Summer Must-Read Books for IT Pros

Published On: May 15, 2017 8:01:00 AM

Books Every Techie Should Read in the Summer of 2017

Here are 6 books to stimulate your mind and recharge you for the rest of the year, covering topics as varied as big data, the importance of design, global market forces, and saving your sanity from technology overload.

The following links are provided for the purpose of education, not vendor advertisement.

These 6 books are our honest-to-goodness, no-fingers-crossed-behind-our-backs picks for our favorite IT Strategy-related books to read this summer.

Jump ahead:

1. Make it New: A History of Silicon Valley Design
2. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
3. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
4. Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future
5. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
6. Irrestible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
7. The Art of Persuading a CFO


Unraveling the Fears of Artificial Intelligence

Published On: Mar 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Fear of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

When Stephen Hawking says that AI could be the end of humanity, people tend to take notice.

Throw in Elon Musk and Bill Gates adding their two cents, and a full-blown fear or AI can take hold. 

Yet, even in voicing their AI concerns, all three are actively involved in the AI community. They all see the huge upside of this technology.

The quote from Hawking that drew so much notice implicitly states this, as he said AI will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.” 

So, why all the concern? 

How to Secure the Internet of Things (IoT)

Published On: Feb 15, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Tips to Secure IoT Data

The Internet of Things is everywhere, whether the general public realizes it or not.

It’s embedded in home appliances, in the packaging of shipments that arrive at their door, and throughout their entire workplace.

It is omnipresent. Yet, it is entirely behind the scenes to most consumers. 

For businesses and enterprise companies, this is not the case. IoT is a valuable tool that allows them to keep up or take the lead over their competitors.

The gold rush is on, but this time, the commodity is big data. 

With any draw of big fortune, out will come the thieves. For big data, unfortunately, the thieves and saboteurs are coming on with the ferocity of the Huns.

So how are you supposed to secure all your IoT data

How to Retain Your Valuable IT Employees

Published On: Feb 1, 2017 8:10:00 AM

The IT Talent Gap

IT staff are the ultimate fire-squelchers. Whether it’s IoT security, server support, or everyone’s favorite, user error, they are the people who are always on-call for large and small emergencies.

They’re important people to keep around your organization. Yet, that is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to do. 

There are two forces that hamper efforts to keep valuable IT personnel. For starters, employee loyalty has been on the decline for decades.

The average tenure is 4.6 years, and for workers between the ages of 25 to 34, it is just 3.2 years.

For many, job bouncing is the way to move up in their career: Get experience at one place and then jump ship to another company. 

The second factor is the gig economy.

These are the workers who have left the office space for freelance assignments, work-from-home arrangements, and contract opportunities.

Within the gig economy, workers with specialized skills and technical expertise are the most in-demand. 

Your IT personnel have a lot of options. 

So how do you retain your valuable employees in this new job landscape? Here are 6 ways to help hang on to those you value the most. 

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