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Lack of Integration Results in Lost Opportunities

The majority of companies are losing out on opportunities to boost revenue due to a lack of IT integration, according to a recent survey from Dell Boomi. The resulting "Connected Business" report states that successful integration initiatives will improve productivity by creating more efficient... Read More »

Gartner's Strategic Predictions for 2018 & Beyond

The rapid rate of technology change has created steep challenges for organizations of all shapes and sizes. It's no secret that innovation now arrives faster than most CIOs and IT departments can cope with. All too often, before an enterprise completes one project, two more initiatives appear on the horizon. A new research report from Gartner, "Read More »

Breaches and Compromises Stepped Up in Q1 and Q2

Yet another study shows that organizations are failing to deploy adequate security tools and processes to prevent data breaches, many of which are caused by accidental loss or exposure of data. The report notes that even relatively small numbers of breaches can result in enormous losses of data records. The Gemalto study, "Read More »

IT Leaders Learn and Network at the Gartner ITxpo

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo provided a wide array of technologies, including cloud, security, mobility, networking, AI, the IoT, analytics and data science.

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Ransomware Damages Will Be in the Billions in 2017

Ransomware is the fastest growing security threat, yet most companies are unprepared to deal with it, says a new study. Companies and government agencies are overwhelmed by frequent, severe attacks, according to "2017 Ransomware Report," commissioned by Cybersecurity Insiders and conducted by... Read More »

Digital Transformation Is in Chaos

A new survey finds a "widespread stall" in digital transformation efforts, suggesting that its leadership is in crisis. Half of senior executives polled said their company is not successfully executing 50 percent of its strategies, according to the new report from Wipro Digital, "Read More »

How IT Falls Short of User Expectations

IT managers said they make a wide range of efforts to boost the productivity and effectiveness of their users, but many users don't think the technology department is aligned with the needs of the business, according to a recent survey conducted by Forrester Consulting for Nexthink. The accompanying report, "Read More »

Companies Worldwide Fear the Impact of the EU GDPR

Companies face steep and annually rising noncompliance fines, and they fear that noncompliance could cause their businesses to close, according to a new study. The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne for Veritas Technologies, examines the potential impact of the European Union's General... Read More »

H1-B Visas Shouldn't Become a Political Weapon

Draconian measures to block immigrants on H1-B visas are counterproductive. The benefits of immigration outweigh the costs. It already has made American great.

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How ITSM Can Fast-Forward the Tech Transformation

Challenged by the fast pace of digital transformation, many companies are increasing their investment in IT service management (ITSM) as a potential solution, according to a recent survey from BMC. The resulting report, "Read More »

Malware Declines, but Ransomware Soars

Last year, both good guys and bad guys achieved gains: Security professionals successfully fought off malware, but cyber-criminals benefited from an explosion in ransomware, according to the "2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report." Ending a trend, the volume of unique malware samples... Read More »

How Internet Disruptions Cripple Organizations

The vast majority of organizations have experienced a significant internet disruption within the last 12 months, according to a recent survey from Dyn. The accompanying report, the "Internet Disruption Study," indicates that the most common causes for these... Read More »

Social Media Blamed for Rise in Stolen Passwords

A statistical analysis forecasts that there will be 300 billion passwords for humans and machines by 2020, increasing the global attack surface for cyber-criminals. Of these passwords, 100 billion will be used by humans and 200 billion by machines. Between now and then, the password attack surface will grow by an order of magnitude, the report says. Social media is largely to blame,... Read More »

Cyber-Criminals Found a Home on Social Media Sites

The number of members in fraud-related groups on social media platforms has increased 70 percent in the past six months, according to a new study. It states that social media is a breeding ground for cyber-crime and is attracting fraudsters because these platforms are free, easy to use and offer global reach. According to RSA, which conducted the report, "2017 Global Fraud and Cybercrime... Read More »

11 Cyber-Security Predictions for 2017

A new forecast predicts that automated malware attacks will have a devastating effect on the internet of things (IoT). It also predicts the rise of the Shadownet (IoT botnets that can't be seen or measured using conventional tools), cloud poisoning, more growth of Ransomware as a Service, and attacks on smart buildings. The report, "Read More »

Why IT Monitoring Tools Are Not Stopping Outages

Most organizations are still using network monitoring solutions that aren't very effective in predicting network performance issues and/or outages, according to a recent survey from Veriflow. The accompanying report, "Network Complexity, Change and Human Factors are Failing the Business," indicates that, in many... Read More »

Positive Momentum for IT Will Build in 2017

It's a good time to be a CIO: Top organizational influencers are increasingly viewing IT leaders as essential contributors to critical business strategies. The potential for innovation seems limitless, and tech budgets are on the rise for the year ahead, according to a recent survey and 2017... Read More »

Nine Advantages of Open Source Software

Even though some IT leaders shy away from open-source technology, its origins are rooted in traditional IT processes. Open-source software has come a long way over the years, and the always-active open-source communities are one of the primary reasons for the tech’s success. As a result, more than half of the software acquired over the next several years will be open source, according... Read More »

Eight Interesting Facts About Java

Java, the long-lasting programming language, remains immensely popular—and for many good reasons. Java is the go-to language for millions of software developers. Java emerged as a tech juggernaut because of its unique portability and its capability of operating similarly on any hardware or operating system. It’s secure, simple and robust, so with these attractive qualities in... Read More »

11 Best Practices for Business Intelligence

Interest in business intelligence (BI) is surging, as big data is expected to explode into a $50 billion market in 2015—nearly doubling its current size. Why not, when BI supports so many business-critical functions, such as analytics, business performance management, text mining and predictive analytics. And while BI presents virtually limitless potential with regard to transforming... Read More »

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