IDG Contributor Network: As AI/ML permeates our lives, is privacy a thing of the past?

Debates on privacy continue between the business tech titans and the policy/lawmakers. Some tech titans, like billionaire Elon Musk, warn against the ensuing crisis of AI/ML – but they are in the minority. Too much good can be created and above all too much money can be made. There is a belief that the country that achieves more in AI/ML will dominate the world’s economy. So, it’s not a question…

June 27, 2019
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Analytics success starts with a center of excellence

Artificial intelligence and data science offer great promise for delivering business value across the enterprise. IT organizations and lines of business units alike are rushing to make good on this potential, but AI and data science initiatives can’t be rushed. Yes, there are instances in which an individual with some expertise in data science grabs available data and surprises business leaders with answers to questions they hadn’t thought to ask….

June 27, 2019
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Top 6 chatbot building platforms

As the world obsesses about a future filled with autonomous cars and robot workers, the simple chatbot has become today’s reality on the front lines of customer service. Companies are deploying platoons of talking AIs, integrating chatbots into every facet of communication between users and company. The current generation of chatbots emerged from two traditions. One path began in the elaborate ecology of tools built to support humans manning call…

June 27, 2019
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BrandPost: New Research on What Separates DevOps Leaders from DevOps Laggards

New Forrester research reveals three key differentiators that separate DevOps leaders from DevOps laggards. The study, which was led by Forrester VP/Principal Analyst Diego Lo Giudice and commissioned by Tricentis, found that firms with the most successful DevOps initiatives do a number of things differently from their peers: They are transforming software testing into Continuous Testing by adopting five core practices, such as automating end-to-end functional testing and integrating testers into cross-functional…

June 27, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Why are my projects failing?

Project failure is one of the top reasons IT lacks credibility in a company. The good news is that project success is easily achieved, and it’s the path to IT credibility. The answer to the question above, “Why are my projects failing?”, is much simpler than you might think. Once you know what’s causing your project failure, you can fix it. Let’s break this issue down into simple components. Project…

June 26, 2019
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7 Top Tools for Single Sign-on

Single sign-on products have been around for a while, but the latest generation of SSO products have moved to the cloud. Vendors include Okta, OneLogin, McAfee, Numina, RadiantLogic, SecureAuth, Symplified and SmartSignin. See the story version. McAfee Cloud Identity Manager McAfee has probably one of the largest collection of identity providers of any product we’ve seen, including AD, LDAP, Google, OpenID, Salesforce, Twitter, various SQL databases and others. McAfee’s app…

June 26, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: The challenge of balanced content moderation

It’s hard not to sympathize with Facebook. Alex Stamos, formerly chief security officer for Facebook, said in his recent Senate testimony that digital platforms face demands for “incompatible solutions.” “The news media regularly bemoans the power of these companies while calling for them to regulate the political speech of millions. Policymakers demand that the companies collect as little identifiable data as possible on users while also expecting them to be…

June 26, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: To make tech more inclusive, you must first understand why it isn’t

Data has shown us time and time again that the tech industry is predominantly led and managed by white men. Though the numbers of white women are paltry in comparison, with 14% at the professional level, 18% at the manager level and 15% at the executive level, their numbers far outpace those of Latinx and black women, which both hover below 2% in all three categories. These white men and…

June 26, 2019
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At State Street, design thinking drives digital strategy

A core tenet of successful digital transformation is a laser focus on customers. After all, if your organization struggles to relate to your customers, delivering the products and experiences they desire is next to impossible. That’s the challenge Erich Umar faced when he joined State Street in 2016 as head of technology experience management. Employees of the 227-year-old custodian bank, steeped in tradition and legacy processes, struggled to grasp how…

June 26, 2019
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Kaiser Permanente’s digital transformation is creating a healthier America

When Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson announced the healthcare provider’s mission to “improve not only the health of our members, but also that of our communities,” Dick Daniels, executive vice president and CIO, knew technology would be a major driver in achieving that ambitious goal. Daniels, who has been EVP and CIO of Kaiser Permanente since 2015, shared with me his thoughts on how technology is helping…

June 26, 2019
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