Just say no to slow

In our recent survey of 800 tech leaders, one particular statistic jumped out: 66 percent of IT leaders surveyed say that change is needed in order to meet a “significant” or “drastic” increase in pressure to deliver IT services faster. That’s not surprising, says Ross Mason. He points out, “IT is now critical to a company’s ability to stay competitive in a rapidly changing business environment. The old IT operating mode is fractured.

Extending Connectivity at CES

CES 2016 was supposed to be the year of the connected device – companies of all sizes were unveiling the latest smart devices to make consumers’ lives better and easier. Is this the beginning of the IoT consumer revolution? The picture seems a bit mixed.

This year’s gadgets have been aimed at making sure your home knows what you want before you do. The connected devices that have been announced are all about making everyday tasks easier,

Should businesses “say goodbye to IT”?

Is it time to say goodbye to IT? That’s the argument made by Asheville, North Carolina CIO Jonathan Feldman in Information Week. He says that in the techie and non-techie world, IT departments often are the center of conflict: “like a raging infection in the corporate body, IT is continually at war.”

The problem with IT, he points out, is that the traditional model of IT takes on a superhero role.

New Year’s resolutions for the CIO

A new year will be arriving in just a couple of days and, of course, with it comes the opportunity to make all kinds of resolutions to help your business. How are you going to better incorporate SaaS applications into your business software? How are you going to improve your mobile apps? What is your company going to do to address microservices?

Digital transformation is happening faster than you think.

Holiday shopping on your mobile phone

2015 is shaping up to be one of the most mobile friendly holiday shopping seasons ever. Adobe predicts that for the first time, mobile will drive the majority of shopping traffic. Google has shown that 1 trillion dollars of retail sales were influenced by mobile search in 2015, and 53% of us – up from 41% last year – shopped online using a mobile phone or tablets.

Clearly,

The rising value of APIs

There’s an argument that data is the most valuable resource a company has. As consumers and businesses use more web and mobile apps, and companies use data to provide personalized experiences for their customers, and analysts use data to make real-time decisions, it is becoming clear that the discoverability and presentation of data is increasingly important to how businesses function.

APIs have emerged as as the most accessible way for consumers within the business to extract value out of enterprise data.

My top 5 predictions for 2016

December 8 2015

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It’s no surprise that business is changing dramatically. The potential afforded by digital transformation could have dramatic effects on companies’ growth, scalability, and revenue. Here are the top 5 trends that I think will have a major effect on businesses next year:

IoT

In 2016, we’ll see interesting Internet of Things use cases come to life, rather than major steps forward in devices themselves. With CES approaching in January,

Technology helps Arsenal Football Club create world-class experiences

Arsenal Football Club is one of the most famous football teams in the world. It has over 100 million fans worldwide and sees its international fans as key to its further success, and wants to create amazing experiences for the fans when they come to Arsenal’s home stadium in London. 

In a recent ComputerWeekly article, Arsenal’s CIO, Hywel Sloman, points out that when it comes to the intersection of sports and technology,

It’s the holi-data shopping season!

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but this year retailers noticed that customers aren’t spending the bulk of their holiday budget on Black Friday as they have in the past. Instead, shoppers are spreading their purchases throughout the pre-Christmas period, and are shopping online, whether on desktop or their smartphones, more than in the past. This shift has made it difficult for retailers to track and learn from shoppers’ habits during the holiday season.

The Chief Information Officer’s new role

Much has been written about the transformation of the Chief Information Officer, but as the world is transformed by the digital revolution, the CIO finds himself or herself at the center of extraordinary change. Technology has fundamentally altered the business of doing business. The emergence of an always-on, always-connected world means that old business models are being disrupted, consumers are demanding more, and the world is smaller and more connected than ever before.