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Tackling Technology’s Main Challenges: Cost, Sustainability and Security

Dell EMC

Dell Technology Rotation is built on customer needs, advancing IT modernization when and where it matters. Just ask Fresno County.

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Survey Surfaces Increasing Reliance on AI to Develop Software

DevOps.com

AI is already being used in code writing, code review, quality assurance/testing, debugging and design and architecture, according to a recent survey.

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Year-in-Review: 7 Questions to Help Your Team Reflect on Success and Key Learnings

Let's Grow Leaders

Taking a moment for a team year-in-review fosters curiosity and connection I don’t know about you, but we love a good “year-in-review” list. There’s something about looking back over the entire year and seeing what stands out. More than the list itself, it’s the conversation that it provokes that each of us finds compelling: “Really, that was your favorite… interesting.” “Oh, I almost forgot about that one.

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Google’s best Gemini demo was faked

TechCrunch

Google’s new Gemini AI model is getting a mixed reception after its big debut yesterday, but users may have less confidence in the company’s tech or integrity after finding out that the most impressive demo of Gemini was pretty much faked. A video called “Hands-on with Gemini: Interacting with multimodal AI” hit a million views […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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11 ways to reduce your IT costs now

CIO

IT leaders have always needed to exercise fiscal responsibility while meeting business demands for technology. But as digital transformation efforts have intensified in recent years, CIOs have had fewer opportunities to pause and reevaluate IT’s financial situation. “Some organizations have been innovating, transforming, and growing so fast that they haven’t had time to clear up older cost structures that start getting in the way,” says Stewart Buchanan, research vice president on Gartner’s CIO

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3 Traps to Avoid When Executing Your Strategy

Harvard Business Review

When executing strategy, companies typically fall into one or more of three traps: 1) They let too many people weigh in; 2)They plan a lot of activity but do not specify concrete actions; and 3) They tend not to build in accountability into execution. The result is that. lot a good strategies never take off. This article offers pointers on how to avoid the three traps.

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Apple cuts off Beeper Mini’s access after launch of service that brought iMessage to Android

TechCrunch

Was it too good to be true? Beeper, the startup that reverse engineered iMessage to bring blue bubble texts to Android users, is experiencing an outage, the company reported via a post on X on Friday. And Apple is to blame, it seems. Users, including those of us at TechCrunch with access to the app, […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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6 generative AI hazards IT leaders should avoid

CIO

OpenAI’s recent announcement of custom ChatGPT versions make it easier for every organization to use generative AI in more ways, but sometimes it’s better not to. Two AI safety summits in as many weeks on both sides of the Atlantic raised questions about the potential dangers of AI, but neither the science fictional threats of killer robots nor the oddly specific guidelines on exactly which AI models are likely to be regulated will seem particularly helpful to organizations grappling with how to

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Navigating the Path: What Does a Chief People Officer Really Do?

N2Growth Blog

The role of a Chief People Officer (CPO) in modern organizations is crucial in driving the success of businesses. As the title suggests, the CPO is primarily responsible for overseeing the people aspects of the organization and aligning them with the overall strategic objectives. This executive role focuses on developing and implementing human resources strategies to manage the workforce and create a positive organizational culture.

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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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Why we built it: Inside the mind of application security innovator Christien Rioux

Lacework

Welcome back to our Q&A series where we spotlight some of the innovative experts behind our code security solution. Today, we’re featuring Christien Rioux, an application security expert with more than 30 years of computer programming and software engineering experience. Christien co-founded and was previously Chief Scientist at Veracode, an on-demand application security services provider, where he was responsible for the technical vision and design of their advanced security technology.

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23andMe confirms hackers stole ancestry data on 6.9 million users

TechCrunch

On Friday, genetic testing company 23andMe announced that hackers accessed the personal data of 0.1% of customers, or about 14,000 individuals. The company also said that by accessing those accounts, hackers were also able to access “a significant number of files containing profile information about other users’ ancestry.” But 23andMe would not say how many […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Toyota transforms IT service desk with gen AI

CIO

“One of my bold bets is I want to eliminate our traditional service desk by 2025,” says Jason Ballard, IT executive and general manager for infrastructure and operations services at Toyota Motor North America. Ballard is also the technology executive responsible for both the company’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform as it shifts to electrification, and its digital platform engineering and architecture organization, and he counts on conversational AI and generative AI as major components

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Amplifying Organizational Excellence: A Dive into Executive Coaching

N2Growth Blog

Harnessing Executive Leadership Team Coaching for Competitive Edge In a business world where the only constant is change, nurturing robust leadership has transcended from being merely advantageous to utterly essential. Navigating through the labyrinth of modern-day challenges mandates a fortified echelon of executive leaders, poised not just to react but to steer organizations toward enduring success proactively.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Talent Management in the Age of AI

Harvard Business Review

The world of work is changing fast and the most important thing to do is realize that the old playbooks, especially around talent management, will not work — now, it’s time to adapt. Leaders should focus on three big shifts that will set their businesses up for new levels of success in the age of AI. They should: 1) redefine jobs as a collection of a skills and tasks, not titles, 2) bring skills and workforce learning to the center of talent management, and 3) embrace AI to focus teams on human-

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Is the Texas boom town of Austin losing its luster?

TechCrunch

Texas has been historically known for its oil booms. Today the state is perhaps better known as a magnet for tech companies and tech talent, especially in its capital city of Austin. But with some startups pulling up stakes, and critical industry participants curtailing their activity in Austin, the Texas dream of taking on tech’s […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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The CIO’s new role: Orchestrator-in-chief

CIO

CIOs today find themselves in a unique position to survey everything taking place across their organization, find opportunities, resolve conflicts, set priorities, and help shape strategy. In other words, they are uniquely situated to function as their companies’ de facto orchestrators-in-chief. “It’s really only the CIO and the CEO who have this perspective,” says Irving Tyler, distinguished research vice president with Gartner’s CIO Research team.

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Executive Search in the Legal Sector: Uncovering Excellence

N2Growth Blog

The Importance of Executive Search in the Legal Sector In the competitive legal sector, the importance of executive search cannot be overstated. As legal firms strive to stay ahead of the competition and attract top legal talent, having a strategic approach to recruitment becomes paramount. The executive search goes beyond traditional hiring methods by leveraging a systematic and targeted process to identify, evaluate, and attract high-performing professionals who possess the skills, experience,

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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 Makes a Company Great at Producing Leaders?

Harvard Business Review

GE is well known as an “academy company” — a talent incubator that exports effective leaders to other organizations and even industries. To better understand which companies are top talent incubators today, the authors worked with the Official Board, a firm that provides data on corporate organizational charts and executive movement, to survey of 853 executives and interview executive search consultants.

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Elon Musk is looking to raise $1 billion for xAI

TechCrunch

Elon Musk is looking to raise 1/44 of a Twitter for his AI company, xAI. In other words, the man behind Tesla, SpaceX and X is seeking $1 billion in funding for his next venture.

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Workplace griping: The key release valve your culture lacks

CIO

Collaboration suites have an annoying blind spot: They don’t help employees bump into each other. Once upon a time we had “telecommuting” and it was controversial. Most managers and executives figured letting employees work from home was doing them a favor. But, filled with optimism bias, the IT industry busily crafted collaboration suites whose purpose was to reproduce the in-person work experience on-screen.

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Transforming Commerce: Chief Commercial Officer Search

N2Growth Blog

Understanding the Role of a Chief Commercial Officer In the complex world of corporate leadership, a Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) holds a pivotal role. This position is often seen as the linchpin of a company’s commercial strategy, controlling marketing, sales, and customer service efforts to achieve optimal success. The CCO works closely with executive teams to define the company’s commercial path, making pivotal decisions about brand positioning, market competition, and revenue g

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A Tale of Two Case Studies: Using LLMs in Production

Speaker: Tony Karrer, Ryan Barker, Grant Wiles, Zach Asman, & Mark Pace

Join our exclusive webinar with top industry visionaries, where we'll explore the latest innovations in Artificial Intelligence and the incredible potential of LLMs. We'll walk through two compelling case studies that showcase how AI is reimagining industries and revolutionizing the way we interact with technology. Some takeaways include: How to test and evaluate results 📊 Why confidence scoring matters 🔐 How to assess cost and quality 🤖 Cross-platform cost vs. quality tr

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A Sports Analogy for Understanding Different Ways to Use AI

Harvard Business Review

The potential impact of generative AI on the economy, society, and work is polarizing, swinging from the positive benefits of a technological revolution to doomsday scenarios. The authors have come to think about this issue as points on a spectrum and have created a sports analogy to help think about it: AI tools can range from steroids, to sneakers, to a coach, each representing a different relationship between human users and the technology.

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Liquid AI, a new MIT spinoff, wants to build an entirely new type of AI

TechCrunch

An MIT spinoff co-founded by robotics luminary Daniela Rus aims to build general-purpose AI systems powered by a relatively new type of AI model called a liquid neural network. The spinoff, aptly named Liquid AI, emerged from stealth this morning and announced that it’s raised $37.5 million — substantial for a two-stage seed round — […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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When your AI chatbots mess up

CIO

Barely a year after the release of ChatGPT and other generative AI tools, 75% of surveyed companies have already put them to work, according to a VentureBeat report. But as the numbers of new gen AI-powered chatbots grow, so do the risks of their occasional glitches—nonsensical or inaccurate outputs or answers that are not easily screened out of the large language models (LLMs) that the tools are trained on.

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Welcoming the next class of security leaders to the Modern CISO Network: Board Book

Lacework

I’m thrilled to introduce the second edition of the Modern CISO Network: Board Book , a directory of 216 experienced CISOs and cybersecurity leaders ready to share their expertise with corporate boards. Since we launched the first edition of the book in June, bringing CISOs to the boardroom has only become increasingly important. New rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will go into effect next week, requiring companies to disclose impactful cybersecurity incidents.

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IDC Analyst Report: The Open Source Blind Spot Putting Businesses at Risk

In a recent study, IDC found that 64% of organizations said they were already using open source in software development with a further 25% planning to in the next year. Most organizations are unaware of just how much open-source code is used and underestimate their dependency on it. As enterprises grow the use of open-source software, they face a new challenge: understanding the scope of open-source software that's being used throughout the organization and the corresponding exposure.

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What It Really Takes to Become an Executive Coach

Harvard Business Review

Being an executive coach can be rewarding. But, many people misunderstand what coaching actually is, underestimate the process to become a credentialed coach, and don’t anticipate the ongoing effort required to generate and develop business to make a living doing this work. How many clients should you have? What other income streams should you consider?

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Everything you know about the podcast industry is a lie

TechCrunch

It seems like the writing is on the soundproofed wall: The podcast boom is over, and this week’s news is evidence. Spotify laid off 17% of the company – its third round of layoffs this year – and canceled two highly acclaimed shows, including a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting. But as […] © 2023 TechCrunch. All rights reserved.

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How to create an effective business continuity plan

CIO

The tumultuous events of the past several years have impacted practically every business. And with the number of extreme weather events, cyberattacks, and geopolitical conflicts continuing to rise, business leaders are bracing for the possibility of increasingly more frequent impactful incidents their organizations will need to respond to. According to PwC’s 2023 Global Crisis and Resilience Survey , 96% of 1,812 business leaders said their organizations had experienced disruption in the past tw