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4 core AI principles that fuel transformation success

CIO

New projects can elicit a sense of trepidation from employees, and the overall culture into which change is introduced will reflect how that wariness is expressed and handled. But some common characteristics are central to AI transformation success. Here, in an extract from his book, AI for Business: A practical guide for business leaders to extract value from Artificial Intelligence , Peter Verster, founder of Northell Partners, a UK data and AI solutions consultancy, explains four of them.

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How to Beat the Average When it Comes to Cybersecurity

IDC

Let's face it: The sad-but-true reality of modern cybersecurity is that doing what lots of organizations do means you're probably doing something wrong. You need to do it better.

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Do You Have An Enterprise Data Strategy?

Perficient

This time of year, I like to talk about updating the data strategy for the new year to include new business goals and new technology and in doing so I sometimes forget that there are still many companies that do not have a data strategy to update. What is a Data Strategy and why do I need one? Most organizations have multiple data management initiatives underway including master data management, data governance, data migration, data modernization, OLTP operational data cleanup, data ingestion, a

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Agile leadership lessons from Andy Reid: empowering individuals to score big

Agile Alliance

Discover how the dynamic duo of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes exemplifies Agile leadership by valuing individuals and interactions, inspiring a blueprint for impactful team guidance. The post Agile leadership lessons from Andy Reid: empowering individuals to score big first appeared on Agile Alliance.

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Top 5 Challenges in Designing a Data Warehouse for Multi-Tenant Analytics

Multi-tenant architecture allows software vendors to realize tremendous efficiencies by maintaining a single application stack instead of separate database instances while meeting data privacy needs. When you use a data warehouse to power your multi-tenant analytics, the proper approach is vital. Multi-tenant analytics is NOT the primary use case with traditional data warehouses, causing data security challenges.

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Bliki: Periodic Face-to-Face

Martin Fowler

Improvements in communications technology have led an increasing number of teams that work in a Remote-First style, a trend that was boosted by the forced isolation of Covid-19 pandemic. But a team that operates remotely still benefits from face-to-face gatherings, and should do them every few months. Remote-first teams have everyone in a separate location, communicating entirely by email, chat, video and other communication tools.

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APM From a Developer’s Perspective

Honeycomb

In twenty years of software development, I did not have the privilege of being on call, of tending to my software in production. I’ve never understood what “APM” means. Anybody can tell me what it stands for—Application Performance Monitoring (or sometimes, the M means Management)—but what does it mean ? What do people use APM for? Now, I work at an observability company—and still, no one can give me a satisfying definition of “APM.

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5 hot IT leadership trends — and 4 going cold

CIO

Amid disruptive leaps in technology, leaders who will succeed in the near future, say experts, are the ones who stay focused on a decidedly low-fi resource: their employees. CIOs and others who manage technology teams are advised to see beyond the churn of constant upskilling, and consider what people excel at: creativity and critical thinking, business strategy, and building strong relationships that increase employee satisfaction while boosting the organization’s performance.

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Create Commitment: 12 Habits to Build Agreement and Accountability

Let's Grow Leaders

Commitment is vital to effective teamwork, collaboration, and results. One of the most frustrating aspects of teamwork is the feeling of futility – of spinning your wheels. You connect with one another, establish clear success criteria, get curious, and build on one another’s suggestions, but nothing happens. Your conversation needs to produce action, or nothing changes.

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Tracking your security posture in AWS

Xebia

How do you track your security posture in AWS? You have services like Security Hub, but it will only show you the scores of a limited set of standards. This blog post will continue on the previous 2 blog post that I wrote: Use custom rules to validate your compliance Deploy config rules across your organization In this blog we will look at how you can track your security posture in your organization.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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How to Actually Execute Change at a Company

Harvard Business Review

The author analyze project teams across 257 firms to identify why only 60% of planned value is typically realized in change initiatives, focusing on four key factors: effective initial communication (“ACE the Memo”), ensuring resource accessibility and autonomy (“Master the Means”), employing mechanisms to align actions with goals (“Amplify with Mechanisms”), and strategic measurement to influence future outcomes (“Measure to Account”).

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CIOs rethink all-in cloud strategies

CIO

After years of marching to the cloud migration drumbeat, CIOs are increasingly becoming circumspect about the cloud-first mantra, catching on to the need to turn some workloads away from the public cloud to platforms where they will run more productively, more efficiently, and cheaper. “‘Cloud exit’ became a big theme in 2023 and there’s good odds it’ll turn into a real trend for 2024.

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Two Chinese Supercomputers (with Mystery Hardware Components) Go Online

Ooda Loop

Conspicuous, controversial and notorious is the Chines unwillingness to participate in global benchmarking list of the world's most power supercomputers. So, the "top 500" list goes out - with the U.S. on top. The lack of participation by the Chinese then fuels rumors that they in fact possess capabilities that transcend all the participants in the global benchmarking lists.

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Drop In Venture Funding To Black-Founded Startups Greatly Outpaces Market Decline

Crunchbase News

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the state of venture funding to Black-founded startups in the U.S., based on 2023 data from Crunchbase and its Diversity Spotlight feature. Look for Part 2, which will explore funding trends in several major metro areas in the U.S., on Thursday. Venture funding to Black-founded U.S. startups last year totaled only $705 million — marking the first time since 2016 that the figure failed to even reach $1 billion, Crunchbase data shows.

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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How to Make Small Talk with Anyone from Anywhere

Harvard Business Review

Meet-and-greet conversations can be uncomfortable. And they can feel especially daunting when you’re paired with strangers from different cultures, like when networking in a global business context. In this setting, light and introductory-style conversations (what some of us know as “small talk”) can be very helpful, and even necessary. Small talk is a quasi-universal tool for initiating conversations with strangers from different cultures, for building a quick rapport, and for planting the seed

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Defining a new era of exponential companies

CIO

Before the popularization of DALL-E, Stable Diffusion, and Chat GPT, very few business executives were tasking technology leaders with accelerating AI strategies. That’s all changed. Now, Gartner estimates that by next year, 35% of large organizations will have named a Chief AI Officer reporting to a CEO or COO. And by 2033, the same study predicts that AI solutions will result in more than half a billion net new human jobs.

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Introducing Apache Kafka 3.7

Confluent

Apache Kafka 3.7 introduces updates to the Consumer rebalance protocol, an official Apache Kafka Docker image, JBOD support in Kraft-based clusters, and more!

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Accelerate 5G with AI-Powered Cybersecurity

Palo Alto Networks

It’s no secret that we’re experiencing a transformational moment in history, characterized by the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cloud-native paradigms along with the emergence of 5G. This transformative era presents an unprecedented opportunity for businesses of all sizes to supercharge their business models.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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What Successful Purpose Statements Do Differently

Harvard Business Review

Sadly, purpose statements at all too many organizations are just empty words. The companies that issue them don’t live up to their lofty promises. But research by Bain & Company identified some companies that are the exceptions. They employ four methods to turn their statements into reality.

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For IT leaders, operationalized gen AI is still a moving target

CIO

The rate of companies that have either already deployed generative AI or are actively exploring it is accelerating to the point where, combined, there are very few holdouts. The use of gen AI in the enterprise was nearly nothing in November 2022, where the only tools commonly available were AI image or early text generators. But by May 2023, according to an IDC survey, 65% of companies were using gen AI, and in September, that number rose to 71%, with another 22% planning to implement it in the

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Navigating the Rise of AI-Generated Code in Software Development

DevOps.com

The year 2023 saw the rise of many technologies and innovations, but none quite as prominent as generative AI. Trained on vast amounts of data, these models are designed to “generate” the next sequence of values based on inputs and create novel content for various purposes.

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Article: Advice for Engineering Managers: Enabling Developers To Become (More) Creative

InfoQ Culture Methods

As an engineering manager, it is your responsibility to help facilitate creative thinking skills among the development team, but that's easier said than done. This article provides advice on how can you help amplify the creative thinking skills of your software development colleagues. we examine how different levels of creativity influence creativity and strategies to encourage creativity.

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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What Employees Need from Leaders in Uncertain Times

Harvard Business Review

It’s one thing to lead through a normal range of uncertainty with its ups and downs. But how do you lead when the inflections, disruptions, dislocations, and other threat conditions pile up, as they have in the last few years? While the leader has little to no control over the external competitive environment, they have astonishing influence over the internal performance environment, including employee engagement, morale, and productivity.

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The trick to better answers from generative AI

CIO

Generative AI offers great potential as an interface for enabling users to query your data in unique ways to receive answers honed for their needs. For example, as query assistants, generative AI tools can help customers better navigate an extensive product knowledge base using a simple question-and-answer format. But before using generative AI to answer questions about your data, it’s important to first evaluate the questions being asked.

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5 Reasons Launching A Fintech Startup Has Become So Challenging

Crunchbase News

By Pavel Shynkarenko The fintech industry recorded its highest year ever in terms of investment value in 2021, but the market has been a lot more challenging for the past two years. Fintech startups have needed to adapt to this new reality, where explosive growth is no longer the priority, and companies that cannot demonstrate a clear path to profitability are struggling to raise follow-up funding.

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i-SOON Data Leak Is Interesting but Mostly Unsurprising

Ooda Loop

The i-SOON leak tells us nothing new perhaps as much as solidify points that have long been suspected and acknowledged of Chinese cyber operations. Beijing tasks out orders on areas of interest to a variety of collection means, much like any other government. In this case, one company has been identified, and there are likely other companies doing similar work, as well.

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How to Migrate From DataStax Enterprise to Instaclustr Managed Apache Cassandra

If you’re considering migrating from DataStax Enterprise (DSE) to open source Apache Cassandra®, our comprehensive guide is tailored for architects, engineers, and IT directors. Whether you’re motivated by cost savings, avoiding vendor lock-in, or embracing the vibrant open-source community, Apache Cassandra offers robust value. Transition seamlessly to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra with our expert insights, ensuring zero downtime during migration.

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The Lingering Cost of Instant Fashion

Harvard Business Review

Consumers should understand the side effects of business models — particularly the privatization of profit and the socialization of costs, including human and environmental harm.

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Managing the ‘H’ out of AI

CIO

To survive in the Paleolithic Age, you had to be able to hunt and gather. In the Agrarian Age, thriving meant being able to farm. In today’s post-Industrial Age, you will need to master artificial intelligence. Full stop – end of conversation. Well, “master” might not be the right word. Like outrunning the proverbial lion, you will need to be better than the next guy at AI to be competitive in this day and age.

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Perficient Included in Forrester’s The Adobe Services Landscape

Perficient

In a dynamic digital landscape, choosing the right provider among the Adobe services landscape is paramount for businesses seeking to maximize their Adobe investments. The selection process can be daunting with a diverse set of providers that vary by size, type of offering, geography, and business scenario differentiation. So where do marketing leaders start?

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