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Digital Disruption - The Whole Is Greater Than the Parts Imagine if you will, a world where technology is changing at breakneck speeds. Where new technology hype seems to know no bounds. You see words floating in front of you. Cloud. Mobile. Big Data. Internet of Things. Machine Learning. Blockchain. The words fly towards you, circling. They seem to be saying something. ‘Use me'... "No, use me.'. Confusion seems to abound. At the sign post up ahead, your next stop, the Disruption Zone! Okay, I will admit, maybe it's a little hokey, but tell me, sometimes doesn't it feel like you have entered another dimension? We have entered a time where digital disruption is the norm. A recent survey of Chief Strategy Officers found that 93% felt disruptive innovation was inevitable, yet only 23% of those surveyed felt they were ready to address it. Two years ago, we were talking a... (more)

Blockchain and Smart Contracts | @CloudExpo #FinTech #Bitcoin #Blockchain

Blockchain is certainly the rage. No matter the industry, you can't seem to have a technology discussion before the topic is raised. According to Gartner's latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries... (more)

The Communication Challenge | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

The question in a recent #CIOChat tweet chat (Weekend Edition) was, "What are the hardest tech skills to find for your IT organization? Do you groom them or recruit them?" A recurring theme that quickly appeared in the responses was communication skills. This was not surprising, as it is a frequent theme and topic of discussion. The ability for technologists to be able to communicate well with the business is critical to the overall success of an organization. We all speak the same language, so what makes this such a difficult challenge? Surprisingly, I came across a great movie ... (more)

IoT and #BigData – Who Owns All the Data? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Internet of Things and Big Data - Who Owns All the Data? We've been doing it for years, decades for some. How many websites have you created accounts on? Your bank, your credit card companies, social media sites, hotels and travel sites, online shopping sites, and that's just the start. We do it often without even thinking about it, quickly entering our personal information, our data, in a plethora of systems. Sometimes we're not even aware of the information we are providing. It could be very personal information (think of the security questions you provide answers to for prote... (more)

When Things Attack! | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Security

As I started writing this blog, I happened to be watching an episode from the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi anthology series, ala the Twilight Zone, although with a much darker perspective on both humanity and technology. I found the episode, ‘Most Hated in the Nation' somewhat apropos to my topic. The episode follows a police detective investigating the apparent murder of a columnist. This individual has been deluged with social media hate diatribes that would seem familiar to many. As the investigation continues, more mysterious deaths occur, w... (more)