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Latest Stats on Shadow IT: Still Not Good
The latest survey data from the Cloud Security Alliance shows just how big the problem of unauthorized IT services, or “Shadow IT”, has become. Only 8 percent of the more than 200 global participants from both small and large IT organizations said that they had a good understanding of the number of unmanaged cloud apps in use at their company. Further, nearly half said that their primary concern was that their data in the cloud was not secured. Even if data security can be assured, service outages caused by technical issues, business failures, and the unpredictable nature of cloud startups can quickly erase any business benefits.
IT’s Massive Role in Connected Products
If your company is in a product oriented business where commerce is about buying, moving, making and selling physical items, information technology tends to be pretty standard and somewhat out of the mainstream business. Most product companies have insulated themselves from a significant impact of IT downtime. Warehouses can often work for an hour or more without IT connection, manufacturing plants tend to reduce dependency on corporate computing and retailers can do business if the network connection is cut.
IOT for Breakthrough Cost Reductions
The one enduring competitive advantage over 40 years of strategy thinking is low cost. Not low price, but low cost. When your cost to produce is lower than the competition, you have the option to pursue differentiation in price, features, service, innovation, and quality.
IOT Demand Sensing Unleashes Integrated Business Planning
Big Data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform Integrated Business Planning (IBP), bolstering the holistic approach to business planning with more accurate forecasting and faster response times, and thereby creating a more nimble and efficient supply chain.
Intel Saves Millions Using IoT to Predict Equipment Failure
Intel saves millions of dollars by using the Internet of Things (IoT) to predict when shop floor tools will fail and repairing them before they can disrupt operations.
Virtual Networking to Revolutionize Network Capabilities
With the advent of secure, virtual Ethernet over IP, now being provided by major carriers and ISPs, we can see a day, not far off, where video and Voice over IP will be delivered with smart handsets and stations. Traffic will be aggregated and routed over MPLS and other high bandwidth, low latency technologies. Printers will be remotely monitored, managed and connected to the corporate virtual network.
Macy’s Announces Item Level RFID Success and Same Day Delivery
Macy's was one of the first U.S. retailers to implement in store RFID tracking, and has now announced plans to expand its use of RFID into new product categories.
Augmented Reality Changing the Retailer Footprint
Vizera Labs, a Turkish startup, has invented an iPad-controlled projection device that projects incredibly realistic patterns onto furniture by way of augmented reality technology.
Retail Store Networks Not Ready
A recent study by Virgin Media Business warns that IT managers need to improve their retail store network infrastructures or retailers will not be able to take advantage of new technologies.
Study Shows 50% of Enterprise Network Gear is Aging or Obsolete
A recent report by Dimension Data shows that 50% of enterprise network equipment -- including switches, wireless devices and routers -- is either aging or obsolete ... the highest rate in six years.