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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.
Is There a Monster in Your Data Lake?
Structured data is relatively easy to manage; however, confidential or unstructured information—like IT logs, emails, video and other untagged, non-inventoried data—can turn into a monster for CIOs. Imagine what would happen if archives with prescribed data retention policies were haphazardly tossed into the data lake to be forgotten. A client recently related the intention of a Fortune 500 company to do this very thing.
The Innovation Operating System
I recently ran across the work of Nicolas Bry, senior vice president of Orange’s digital innovation unit, Orange Vallée, who makes some great observations on the role of collaboration in business success. There are several major trends that are converging to yield winning business models. Understanding where these are heading will help us lead our organizations and clients to sustainable futures.
Shadow Cloud is a Risk to Your Enterprise
Rogue cloud services present issues with data security, transaction integrity, business continuity and regulatory compliance. Risks to the enterprise include exposure of regulated data, improper access to and control over confidential data, and breaching of rules pertaining to how certain data must be handled from a compliance standpoint, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Key Findings from CIO Survey on Healthcare Data & Analytics
This recent survey, conducted by eHealth Initiative (eHI) and the College of Healthcare Information
Management Executives (CHIME), provides valuable insights on the use of healthcare data & analytics among today's industry executives.
How Banks Are Using Big Data to Set Deposit Rates
Banks use complex strategies to determine the rates they pay for deposits, and today's banks are increasingly turning to big data analytics to get a leg up on the competition.
Cloud Adoption: Economize, Innovate, Industrialize
As IT professionals, we must be leading when it comes to the cloud. IT cost savings alone, while helpful and necessary, are not going to revolutionize your business. I liken an IT-oriented cloud strategy to a question one of our team members posed to me the other day, "If everyone has SAP, wherein lies the strategic advantage?"