How to Secure the Internet of Things

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

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. 

5 Ways POWER9 and the OpenPOWER Foundation Are Transforming the Industry

Published On: Jan 16, 2017 7:27:00 AM

Founded in 2013, the OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization dedicated to inspiring collaborative innovation between the world’s top technology companies. 

IBM is at the center of the OpenPOWER foundation, being one of its original creators.

OpenPOWER connects everyoneThe entire foundation is dedicated to using IBM Power Systems open architecture to foster the sharing and development of revolutionary ideas. 

With the upcoming release of POWER9 microprocessors in 2017, the OpenPOWER Foundation has been in the news quite frequently.

What does this mean for your company? Here are 5 ways POWER9 and the OpenPOWER Foundation are transforming your future. 

6 More Reasons to Get Giddy about POWER9

Published On: Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

An Intro to IBM POWER9

With the release of POWER8 microprocessors, IBM fired a shot across the bow.

Intel’s x86 chips held a dominant position in data centers, but IBM was ready and willing to charge. 

In the years that followed POWER8’s release, IBM’s stock began to rise not only in microprocessors, but also with their Power Systems.

Processing power is immensely important

With a commitment to Linux and open environments – in addition to enabling third parties to license their Power architecture to create their own Power-based systems – IBM began to gain ground.  

Perhaps the biggest achievement of POWER8 microprocessors was that they finally gave enterprise and service providers an alternative to Intel x86 chips, opening up the market to new innovations.

POWER9 is set to walk through this open door, and early news of the benefits of these microprocessors has the industry talking. 

The CIO Budget Checklist for 2017: Priorities, Concerns, and Challenges

Published On: Dec 30, 2016 4:21:00 PM

IT Priorities for 2017

CIO-Budget-2017.gifWhile 2016 feels like it's just underway, IT leaders are prioritzing their IT projects for 2017.

This is typically the time of the year when budget requests are submitted by various departments.

For the IT department’s budget, the pitch for funding is normally led by the CIO. With the way IT is turning into such an essential arm of any business, the monetary requests can match or exceed the largest of any department.

Take for instance the Department of Defense (DoD). Last week, their CIO, Terry Halverson, requested a budget of $38.2 billion, with $6.8 billion in DoD cyber operations.

Halverson expressed concerns that there wasn’t enough money for the DoD to fulfill this request. That’s why he’s prioritized cyber security and cyber operations as one of the sub-segments of the budget that needs to be honored.

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8 Technical Reasons You Need IBM POWER8 Servers

Published On: Dec 19, 2016 8:04:00 AM

Making a Business Case for IBM POWER8

Since 2008, corporate enterprise users have rated IBM server hardware as the most reliable platform among their peers.

With their introduction of POWER8 microprocessors in 2013, IBM put their flag in the ground as a strong challenger to the Intel x86 chip.

They also established Power Systems servers as a forward-thinking solution built for the age of the Internet of Things.  

Server data over a keyboard

Since POWER8 servers first hit the marketplace, they have continued to gain market share by virtue of their performance, adaptability, scalability, and reliability.

If you’re looking for an upgrade or a change in servers, here are 8 reasons you need to switch to IBM POWER8 servers: 

5 Ways Your Old Server Is Killing Your Business

Published On: Dec 5, 2016 8:15:00 AM

Is My Old Server Hurting My Business?

From a cost/performance ratio, most servers meet their asking price after 4 years in use.

In business, we often look at devices that reach this threshold as having earned their keep.

No longer is the company paying for it; the hardware is off that side of the ledger. 

Unfortunately, for servers, this is not the case. 


As we’re all aware, technology is moving at unprecedented speeds. Current tech-related devices typically have a lifespan of about 3 to 5 years.

What about that 4-year-old server? Well, according to the lifespan, you either have another year or more to squeeze out of it or you best be looking for a replacement now. 

With next year’s IT budget taking shape, it’s best to address your old server.

More than any part of your IoT infrastructure, that server may wind up taking a more nefarious role: slowly killing your business by bleeding you dry. 

5 Proven Use Cases for IBM Watson in Business

Published On: Nov 21, 2016 8:02:00 AM

IBM Watson has already won at Jeopardy and helped design a cognitive dress for the Met Gala Ball.

While these are impressive feats of cognitive computing, they don’t exactly explain what Watson can do for business.

Fortunately, the answer is it can do basically whatever you want it to. 

Let’s take a look at 5 proven business use cases for IBM Watson


5 Tips to Creating a Big Data Analytics Strategy

Published On: Nov 16, 2016 8:20:00 AM

Lost in a Sea of Big DataIf you ask company leaders about data, they’ll probably say they have too much of it.

In the age of big data and the Internet of Things, the value of data has become common knowledge.

For many CIOs, though, it’s a challenge to store all the data coming in, let alone analyze it. 

With experts predicting a 4,300% increase in annual data production by 2020, it’s imperative to get on top of data storage.

Every aspect of business is affected by big data, from operations to finance to sales and marketing. Without a plan to handle big data, you’ll soon be drowning in it, unable to come up for air. 

If you’re facing this type of situation, you need to create a big data analytics strategy. Pronto. Here are 5 tips to get you started.



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