Bridging traditional IT with the Idea Economy

| August 29, 2016

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CIOs and line-of-business executives are at the forefront of a major transformation aimed at leveraging the competitive advantages of the new hyper-connected enterprise. Industry research firm IDC describes the new IT for mobile devices, cloud services, social networks, and big data analytics as the third platform”.

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What DINROS Means for Cloud Management

Article | August 17, 2020

A few years ago, the team at Gartner came up with a useful framework designed to help IT asset managers compare different Software Asset Management tools based on “six critical activities” of SAM. Known as the DINROS framework, it outlined the following activities: Discovery: the act of interrogating TCP/IP networks to identify network-attached physical and virtualized platforms upon which software executes Inventory: the process of capturing platform configuration information and extracting a complete list of all its software. Normalize: the consolidation of discovered inventory datasets to remove duplicated or conflicting information

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Nutanix Clusters: Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure for the Multicloud Era

Article | August 12, 2020

Today’s digital innovation era coupled with increased remote work requirements over the last several months has put an increased focus on IT teams to rapidly innovate to support business needs, all while working remotely themselves. To satisfy the IT challenges of rapid provisioning, while maintaining centralized control, there has been an increased adoption of public clouds like AWS, Azure, GCP and others. IT teams need to be able to extend their existing on-premises environments and skill sets to public clouds of their choice and take advantage of various public cloud services while maintaining a unified infrastructure management plane. Such a solution is not just a typical hybrid solution or a multicloud solution. It needs to rather be a true Hybrid & Multicloud solution.

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How to lead a successful data-literacy program: 6 steps

Article | February 25, 2020

Data insights are a critical element to success and businesses strive to use what they've learned Despite it still being a struggle—90% of data and analytics decision makers see increasing the use of data insights in business decision making as a priority, according to a Forrester report, "Data Literacy Matters: The Writing's On The Wall." "Organizations need to invest in data literacy, and by that we don't mean just improving the skills of business analysts or data scientists," said Forrester principal analyst Jennifer Belissent, who wrote the report. "Data literacy programs must start with basic skills and general awareness of what is data today, how it can be used, the value that it brings to the organization, and their role in collecting and protecting it. That's the only way to ensure that everyone in the organization is doing their part," Belissent added.

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Artificial Intelligence in a post-covid world: 2021 and beyond

Article | December 20, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives including the way we do business. In fact, according to a recent survey by McKinsey, COVID has accelerated companies’ digital transformation journeys. In a post-COVID world, there will be an even-greater acceleration of AI adoption by enterprises. AI business applications will be centered around automating tasks, forecasting supply disruptions, and enhancing customer behavioral analytics. There will be a rise in industry and sector specific AI applications where business domain knowledge and business content data are the main differentiators. However, increases in AI adoption rates do not necessarily translate into higher success rates. To avoid failure, business executives need to develop robust AI strategies and metrics, enhance data quality, and focus on AI integration and governance. Key trends and applications for 2021 and beyond are as follows: AI and Healthcare Artificial intelligence played a crucial role in the detection of COVID-19. Indeed, we have seen the emergence of the use of AI at hospitals to evaluate chest CT scans. With the use of deep learning and image recognition, COVID patients could be diagnosed thus enabling the medical team to follow the necessary protocols. Another important application was the triage of COVID-19. Once a patient has been diagnosed with COVID, AI has been used to predict the likely severity of the illness so the medical staff can prioritize resources and treatments. In a post-COVID world, we will see increased use of AI in detection of illnesses, triage of patients, and drug discovery. According to a recent market research reported by PRnewswire, the market size for global healthcare IT is expected to reach $270 billion by 2020. The increase will be driven by COVID-19, government policies, and the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data. AI and Supply Chains Coronavirus has highlighted the need to re-think traditional supply chain models. There will be an increase in the use of technology such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and 5G to make supply chains more efficient. Artificial intelligence applications will focus on improving end to end visibility, analyzing data to detect anomalies, and forecasting supply and demand outlooks thus making supply chains more resilient. AI and Retail The pandemic has changed what and how consumers buy, with retailers forced to grow their online presence. E-commerce has been put at the forefront: in the first six months of 2020 consumer spending with US retailers increased by about a third compared for the same period in 2019 according to Digitalcommerce360. According to new market research reported by PRnewswire, AI in retail will be worth about $20 billion by 2027. When it comes to retail and ecommerce, we can find AI applications in several areas including customers analytics for product recommendations, targeted marketing, and price optimizations. For the latter, AI is applied to analyze patterns and data on customer profiles, their purchase power, product specification, timing of purchase, and what the competition is offering. The outcome of the analysis will set the pricing strategy. Several companies use AI to set their pricing strategy on a frequent basis, for example Amazon’s average product’s cost changes about every 10 minutes according to Business Insider source. AI and Intelligent autonomous agents COVID has highlighted the need to deploy intelligent autonomous agents that cannot catch diseases to fight against the pandemic. We have seen both robots used at hospitals to diagnose COVID-19 patients and drones deployed to monitor if the public is adhering to social distancing rules. An ABI research showed that mobile robotics applications market size will increase to $23 billion by 2021. This increase is mainly due to applications that disinfect, monitor, and deliver materials. The integration of AI with drone technology and robotics will create new application opportunities and will make them mainstreamed across several sectors. AI and Education Education is another sector that was badly hit by COVID. According to Unicef more than 1 billion children are at risk of falling behind due to school closures. The pandemic has highlighted the need for educators to adopt digital solutions to minimize learning vulnerabilities across the globe. AI application in education will mainly focus on personalized learning where the technology is used to design and tailor training materials that matches the student’s ability and learning preferences. Other applications include the deployment of voice assistants to interact with educational material and the use of AI to support teachers in administrative tasks. AI and Digital Twins The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital twin technology. Digital twins are replicas of physical assets such as cities, offices, and factories. This technology became crucial in testing pandemic scenarios and emergency plans. Digital twins technology is expected to reach a global spend level of about $13 billion by 2023 fueled by AI and machine learning according to Juniper Research. When integrated with artificial intelligence and IoT, digital twin technology becomes very powerful when trying to test scenarios and predict bottlenecks, breakdowns, and productivity. AI and Ethics Over the last year, we had several prominent examples of AI ethics issues. The first example relates to facial recognition: after several calls against mass surveillance, racial profiling and bias, and in light of Black Lives Matter movement starting in the United States, several tech companies such as Microsoft banned the police from using its facial recognition technology. The second example relates to the use of an algorithm to predict exam results during COVID-19 period: after accusations and protests that the controversial algorithm was biased against students from poorer backgrounds, the United Kingdom government was forced to ditch the algorithm. In the absence of regulations and tightened frameworks, ethics will continue to be the main concerns surrounding the use of artificial intelligence.

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