IDG Contributor Network: When email threads can become binding agreements

It is important to be aware of how easy it is to unintentionally create a binding contract when communicating by email. Email communications are the most common form of business communication. A large and critical portion of almost every business negotiation will also take place via email. Whereas it is common practice when drafting a term sheet to include explicit language stating that the term sheet is non-binding, this qualification…

September 19, 2017
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3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. And for companies embarking on digital transformations, AI and ML are being viewed as cornerstone technologies for wooing customers with new services. Aggressive marketing has triggered significant hype around these emerging technologies. Restaurants, retailers and airlines are deploying chatbots that approximate human-like conversations with…

September 19, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: How China is en route to becoming a digital superpower

Over the past couple of years, China has made significant progress and built a solid digital foundation. It is now on the verge of a digital transformation that will enhance productivity and elicit economic growth. At the end of 2015, China already had 688 million internet users and 620 million mobile internet users. Out of these, 413 million utilized e-commerce, collectively producing $623 billion in online sales, which accounted for…

September 18, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: How artificial intelligence is transforming learning

In an increasingly polarized country, we all share one thing in common: everyone has taken a standardized test. Whether it was the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, or some other exam, we have all sat at a desk and fretted about the impact our performance might have on our future. Well, today’s kids are about to become a degree further removed from our shared childhood experiences, because they likely will not…

September 14, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Apple’s new mega campus is a big mistake

There is no question that the late Steve Jobs was a genius and was admired by many, I included. Most things he did throughout his career turn out to be highly successful. But even geniuses make mistakes. Einstien made mistakes, Newton made mistakes and Steve’s last act before he got too sick to be able to work was a big mistake too. Steve dreamed a huge complex to house Apple employees to make…

September 14, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Remedy for frustrations in legacy IT infrastructure contracting model

A significant driver motivating companies to migrate workloads out of their legacy environment into the cloud is the increasing frustration of operating under onerous, complicated services contracts. Of course, these workloads migrate to the cloud and a software-defined environment primarily for greater efficiency and agility. But many workloads are too expensive and risky to migrate and thus are better suited for maintaining in a legacy environment. So, I’m calling for…

September 14, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Measuring IT business value: Let’s get over the puppy dog syndrome

IT leaders can become obsessively focused on convincing their business partners (and themselves!) that their organizations are generating true business value. This obsession is fueled by the recommendations of consultants and research analysts who encourage IT leaders to develop operational dashboards, balanced scorecards, quarterly service reviews, business cases and project postmortems to quantify the business impact of their teams. All too often, after a considerable investment of time and energy…

September 14, 2017
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BrandPost: Funding Education Technology for Students with Disabilities

From small, rural districts to the largest city schools, technology has revolutionized education for students with disabilities. Educators often face major obstacles to engage students with disabilities, and research has shown that most of these students can and do benefit from technology in the classroom. The great news is that there are multiple dedicated federal and state grant programs available today to support the special education technology needs of districts,…

September 13, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: The evolution of the business architect

This article is a summary of a whitepaper by Mike Clark and Whynde Kuehn with the same title. Role of the business architect The business architect role was envisioned to be a strategic, senior role responsible for architecting new organizations or re-architecting aspects of existing ones in response to change. Because of technology, the volume and rate of change that organizations face has increased so significantly that most are performing…

September 13, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Summer whirlwind: The world is changing fast

Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends. – Green Day It’s hard to believe summer is over. In just three short months, I flew more than 125,000 miles to Europe, India and across the U.S. This was on top of the 120,000 I flew in the first half of the year. One thing is clear across all these miles: The world is…

September 12, 2017
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