IT survival in a digital world

IT Technician Crawley In today’s ever changing marketplace, one wonders: How do businesses survive in the digital age? Most businesses believe that they have a digital presence but it is not enough for them to just have a website and a few social channels. Traditional IT skills center on technology and infrastructure like servers, databases, and telecom systems. Although important, these skills are rapidly becoming insufficient to meet the expectations of digital business. To be clear, traditional IT and the CIO are not going away anytime soon. Businesses and the government run on datacenters and applications that require traditional infrastructure and skills. The deep reservoir of existing systems is not going away anytime soon, which should give some solace to folks with traditional IT skills. Video About IT SurvivalHowever, the writing on the CIO wall is clear: embrace digital technologies, skills, competencies, and business models or your value and influence will decline. Research from PricewaterhouseCoopers on CEO perspectives [PDF] about digital business reinforces the increasing pressure that IT and the CIO will experience going forward. For this research, PwC interviewed 1322 CEOs to gain their views on a broad range of issues including technology, strategy, human capital, diversity, competition and partnering. The firm has conducted similar research for almost 20 years, making this a particularly valuable and trusted resource. Read more Source:Michael Krigsman Image Source:Maurizio...

Report says: IT security costs countries more than gained

IT Security IT Industry Each of the countries examined in the report typically do have some form of cyber security strategy, but Hathaway called for greater attention to the negative aspects , especially given more countries are becoming more connected. The internet brings plenty of benefits to the world, including gross domestic product (GDP) growth via broadband, e-banking, online collaborative platforms and the promise of a global supply chain. However, according to Hathaway Global Strategies president Melissa Hathaway, few are considering the negative impacts that ICT investments have on GDP. In a media briefing for the launch of a study into how prepared countries are to respond to online threats (PDF), Hathaway said that the negative impacts of issues such as intellectual property (IP) theft, denial of service attacks and identity theft were causing GDP degradation sometimes in excess of the gains experienced.   Video About Information Security The Netherlands, for example, experienced a 1.6 percent growth in GDP in 2010 due to investments in ICT, however, IP theft accounted for a 2 percent degradation totalling 10 billion Euros. The US saw a 2.2 percent growth in GDP in 2012, but a 1 percent or US$300 billion loss due to IP theft alone. Likewise, despite Germany experiencing significant growth from ICT investment in 2010 at 4.2 percent, it lost 24 billion Euros, or 1.5 percent of its GDP due to IP theft. Read more Source: Michael Lee Image Source: Intel Free...

Mobile apps are crucial for piece for customer engagement in 2015

Mobile applications Best Mobile applications Mobile applications are the future, and it’s important for enterprises to plan their business strategies with mobile in mind so they do not fall short in how they engage with customers and employees. By Charles Tang, program marketing manager, middleware, Red Hat Asia Pacific Forrester Analyst Julie Ask recently wrote in her blog that most companies will fall short in their attempts to engage customers in what she describes as their “mobile moments,” which she attributes to having a myopic view of mobile. She views mobile as a technology that continues to transform the way we do business–a belief that is echoed by many of the CIOs surveyed by Red Hat’s Enterprisers Project. I believe mobile applications are the future, and it’s important for enterprises to plan their business strategies with mobile in mind so they do not fall short in how they engage with customers and employees. Mobile on a global growth path The mobile device market has experienced strong growth over the past few years, due in part to the fact that the technologies can enable greater business outreach and improve communications. The worldwide smartphone market in particular is continuing to grow substantially, according to analytical firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Despite signs of a potential slowdown, in December 2014 the organization predicted that 1.3 billion smartphones will have shipped by the end of 2014, representing an increase of 26.3 per cent over 2013. Video About Mobile Apps Red Hat recently polled its customers on their priorities for 2015, and the top answer was “mobility (and mobile apps).” Clearly, mobility has the...

Survey: 1-in-5 iPhone 6 Owners Plan to Buy an Apple Watch

Apple Watch Apple’s Wearable Device Apple Watch is the most personal product ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be worn. According to the survey, many Apple iPhone 6 owners are planning to buy an Apple Watch. Here’s why? Much is still unknown about the Apple Watch, but it seems that a good proportion of iPhone 6 owners have already made their minds up about getting one. According to a survey carried out by Credit Suisse, 18 percent of iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus polled said that they would “definitely” be buying one. A further 11 percent said “probably,” while 27 percent came in with a more hesitant “maybe.” One the “no” side, 27 percent offered up a “probably not,” while 18 percent offered a firm “no, definitely.” Video about Apple Watch So, if this poll is to be believed, demand for the Apple Watch isn’t going to be a problem, but supply might. Credit Suisse estimates that Apple will only make approximately 20 million Apple Watches over 2015, so getting your hands on one might be tricky. And that could be exacerbated by the fact that Apple will be offering the smartwatch in a number of models and finishes. What we know of the Apple Watch so far seems to suggest it is a strong product: Starting price: $349 is a great starting price. That’s not going to scare people. Design: It’s an innovative design, combining some of the paradigms of a traditional wristwatch and of the iPhone, and adding a few new ones. Continue reading here… Source: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes Image...

ZAGG Slim Book: Case for iPad Air with the best Keyboard

ZAGG Slim Book for iPad Air Latest ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case for iPad Air This ZAGG Slim Book for iPad Air’s new accessory that combines a bumper case and an add-on keyboard for Apple’s tablet. ZAGG Slim Book is one of the best keyboard cases on the market today. I write for a living and a good keyboard is mandatory for my work. That’s why I buy and try so many of them, looking for the ultimate solution to use with the iPad Air. The ZAGG Slim Book is so good my quest for the perfect keyboard may be over. Last year I wrote almost a million words with the iPad Air using one keyboard or another. This demonstrates how important a good keyboard is for my work. Video about ZAGG Slim Book for iPad Air To be an acceptable solution, I have seven requirements for a keyboard case: Very good keyboard Protective case Adjustable viewing angles Backlit keys Palm rest Long battery life Detachable tablet The Slim Book from ZAGG is the first keyboard case that meets all of the criteria. It is a case that fully protects the expensive iPad Air while remaining light and highly portable. Hardware The case consists of two parts: the keyboard with hinge and the lid that holds the iPad Air. When closed both sides of the case are black plastic (white available), and when opened the aluminum keyboard with black keys is exposed. The Slim Book looks like a small MacBook when opened. Read more here… Source: James Kendrick Image...

Comcast goes Uber — track your technician’s journey on screen

Comcast goes Uber Comcast System In an attempt to curtail the dreaded large time-windows, Comcast tests a system where you can track the cable guy’s progress, so you’re not waiting around at home. I imagine Comcast‘s senior management looking at Uber’s recent bad publicity and rushing to their cellar to pull out a fine vintage. Over the last few years, Comcast’s image and customer service has resembled that of Italian government offices. Yet now it has begun to consider, well, customers. And it’s been stimulated by one of the more positive aspects of Uber’s service, and has applied it to its own. I marvel at how Uber users love to stare at their phones and proudly say: “Oh, look! My driver’s just four minutes away!” Video About Comcast Well, soon you might be able to say the same of your Comcast cable guy. Comcast announced today through its own blog that it’s testing a service that means you won’t have to sit at home for hours waiting for a nice sweaty man to be late. Comcast’s headline: “Your Time is Valuable; We Don’t Want to Waste It.” The more disgruntled might have inserted parentheses that hummed: “Because Lord Knows How Much Of Your Time We’ve Wasted Over The Years.” New Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Charlie Herrin explained in the post how the service will work. He wrote: “Customers with scheduled appointments will be alerted through our App when our technician is about 30 minutes away from arriving at their house, and will be able to track this technician’s progress on a map.” Read more Source: Chris Matyszczyk...