IDG Contributor Network: 7 ‘don’ts’ of diversity for fostering a healthy office culture

Change at a workplace is hard and often comes with improvements and challenges which cannot be ignored. Change can be a struggle for employees who often need time to gradually adapt themselves to it, rather than feeling forced into it. Even minor changes, for example, changing your company’s choice of internal messaging app may spark a crossfire, let alone discussions surrounding diversity. If you’re an entrepreneur, you may want to…

January 14, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Data-driven innovation in the insurance sector

Data is a core input to the insurance sector where it is used to calculate and put a price on risk. While established insurance brokers and underwriters may be experts in risk management, new entrants are leveraging new sources of data and analyzing it in ways which are transforming the sector. Incumbents have an advantage in terms of the data they already hold and the trusted brands they manage but…

January 14, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Teaching technology, enhanced lives and building local economies

I had the true pleasure of meeting Ryan Neal, the Director of Targeted Training at LaunchCode, a different kind of training company that helps people enhance their lives by teaching them programming skills and then assisting them find employment through paid apprenticeships, direct job placement, company-sponsored training programs and other related activities. They began in St. Louis, MO, but now operate in various cities that have a combination of underemployed,…

January 14, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Price of entry or corporate strategy: how pharma and biotech are approaching digital health

The high costs of drug discovery and commercialization, looming patent cliffs, and increasing regulatory pressure on drug pricing have created a perfect storm of margin and growth pressures on the pharma sector. In an apparent response to these pressures, M&A activity in pharma is back. This month, Bristol Myers Squibb’s announced its $74 Billion acquisition of Celgene, and Eli Lilly did the same with its $8 Billion acquisition of Loxo….

January 10, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: The ‘future of work’ in the digital era may not be what you think

I remember walking through the turnstile at Disneyland as a kid. The moment we were actually in the park, I knew exactly where I was headed. Like any Southern California native, I had a laundry list of my favorite spots at The Happiest Place on Earth. But at the top of that list — and the place I ran toward the moment I crossed that threshold — was Tomorrowland. As…

January 9, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Emerging consumer technology influences your industry

Happy New Year! I hope you got all the new technology you were hoping for this past holiday season! Once again, voice assistants had a big year. In addition to a record number of voice assistants sold, Amazon reported that voice shopping tripled this holiday season. I have to agree with this trend… for that reoccurring staple, I found myself voice ordering through my AI assistant this past year as…

January 7, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Is automation the biggest threat to your job in 2019?

If you’ve been hearing about the latest developments in technology, or reading speculative prediction articles about what the near future might look like, you might be concerned that your job could be lost—replaced by automation. If that’s the case, you’re not alone; 65 percent of people in the United States believe that automation will definitely or probably lead to significant job losses, and other countries have an even higher percentage…

January 4, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: 5 dirty little secrets of your system integrator

Over the last 20 to 30 years, we continue to read about companies blowing their IT-enabled transformation budgets and schedules.  At least one new study comes out each year showing that 30% – 60% of all large projects exceed their expected budgets by 25% or more.  Consequently, purchasing departments have been implementing tighter contracts with system integrators in hopes of reducing the amount of budget uncertainty.  In response, systems integrators have redrawn…

January 3, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: 3 ways Amazon can address its web service data risk – and what others can learn from it

As Amazon provides merchants and third-party services with ways to interface with its systems, the company may have also opened its platform to new vulnerabilities. Now, Amazon may just be dealing with a potential major data risk. To conduct business with Chinese parties, sellers need to tap payment processing companies like Pingping and Lianlian Pay to handle transactions. Merchants also have integrated these services to their Amazon Marketplace Web Service…

January 2, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: On technological ‘terrors’

The other day I posted sort of a tease on LinkedIn on something that I’ve been thinking for a while, and something that I am going to try and elaborate in this humble blog of mine. You know the scene. Empire bigwigs are in a meeting room in the Death Star and they’re talking about how fully operational the battle station is and how it is no match for the…

January 2, 2019
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