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Next month will mark the 155th anniversary of a piece of legislation that President John F. Kennedy once described as “the single greatest stimulus to national development ever enacted.” It was the Homestead Act of 1862. By 1862 the United States had grown from approximately 500 millio...
When discussing disruptive technologies, the topic of blockchain inevitably enters the conversation. Gartner recently listed blockchain as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC exec...
There is no denying the Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic. Gartner positions IoT as being at the peak of the ‘hype cycle.’ From a size perspective, these ‘Things’ can be anything, from a small sensor to a large appliance, and everything in between. The data transmitted by these d...
Smart phones. Smart TVs. Smart toilet seats (yes that is a thing!). Let’s face it, smart technology surrounds us. It has become a de facto part of our everyday lives. The Internet of Things is growing at breakneck speeds. No matter which analyst you read, the growth predictions are sta...
I suppose I should explain. As many of you who have read my articles and posts the last few years already know, medical devices in the Internet of Things is topic that is near and dear to my heart. Literally. For over 10 years, I have had a pacemaker (see my piece The Internet of Every...
Trust. It’s a fundamental aspect of interaction in a civil society – its importance has been ingrained in us since childhood. And it’s a concept that’s deeply intertwined with our very nature. The level of trust we have with individuals, businesses, and technology affects our lives da...
There’s a new kid on the block of disruptive technology. Blockchain. A day doesn’t go by that you can’t find numerous articles about it. Topics range from how JP Morgan is making significant investments in exploring the technology, to the Republican GOP using blockchain to allow online...
Disruption. You can’t have a discussion today about business or technology without the term entering the conversation. I think it’s become an unwritten rule. It’s almost as if no one will take you seriously unless you’re talking about business disruption. Or how disruptive technologies...
You can’t seem to have a conversation about cloud technology and its impact on the business without the topic of Shadow IT coming up. The two concepts at times seem so tightly intertwined, one would think there is a certain inevitability, almost a causal linkage between them. Shadow IT...
In a recent weekend edition of the #CIOChat tweetchat, the question was raised about what the CIO's role would look like in five years. The discussion focused on many different areas. One area was that the CIO would become more of a service broker, as more and more applications move to...
How often do you get questions like ‘Have you gone to the cloud yet?’, or ‘Why aren’t we in the cloud?’, or a myriad of others along those same lines. People still talk like the cloud is a destination. I discussed this tendency last year in a blog, “The Cloud – Is It Your Actual Destin...
I was recently watching one of my favorite science fiction TV shows (I’ll confess, ‘Dr. Who’). In classic dystopian fashion, there was a scene in which a young boy is running for his life across some barren ground in a war-ravaged world. One of his compatriots calls out to him to freez...
‘FDA tells hospitals to stop using a pump that is vulnerable to hackers.’.This headline was all over the internet and news this weekend, with the pump in question being a medical infusion pump that automatically administers dosages of medication to patients in a hospital. A vulnerabili...
No one can deny that it has been an interesting year for the cloud wars. Last year I discussed all the 800lb gorillas in the room battling it out for a piece of the cloud treasure. The interest is understandable. IDC forecasts global public IT Cloud services spending to reach nearly $1...
I was recently in Boston at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and with the long-awaited warm weather, all the street entertainers were in full force. Singers, musicians, and a variety of juggling acts filled the street, with crowds surrounding them. One act in particular struck a chord with me...
I recently saw an unusual post online that caught my eye. It was a standard weather radar picture from a Wisconsin TV Station (WFRV-TV Ch. 5). In the image you can see a large green area that normally denotes rain. What particularly caught my eye was that this image labeled the large g...
It seems today we are in a constant state of business and technology disruption. The convergence of the social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) disruptions have both forced and enabled organizations to move at breakneck speeds addressing the needs and expectations of the lines of b...
In my younger days (we won’t discuss how long ago that was) I decided to take up sailing. I had always been fascinated watching sailboats, gliding smoothly along the water, with nothing but wind as their engine. My first lesson on the water was an exhilarating and eye opening experienc...
Technology today seems to be moving at breakneck speeds. This speed of change is creating tectonic shifts in how businesses operate and leverage technology to achieve their goals. The convergence of key disruptive technologies (i.e. social, mobile, analytics, and cloud) is what one ind...
You can’t have a conversation about technology today without the topic of security breaches ending up front and center as a key concern. This is understandable with all the high profile breaches that have been occurring on what seems a regularly scheduled event. Anthem, the nation’s se...
There is no arguing the cloud is hot. In a recent blog post The Cloud – Is it your actual destination? I raise the point that the cloud itself is not the destination. It’s a vehicle, a conduit that can help you solve challenges and provide value back to the business. It is a powerful ...
Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from 350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health S...
How often have you heard someone say ‘We’re moving to the cloud’ or ‘It’s all in the cloud now’? Going to the cloud has become part of the vernacular in everyday conversation. The cloud is the place to go, the place to be. If you haven’t gone to the cloud you are being left behind. The...
The cloud wars battle rages on. Gartner predicts that one in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015, making this a very high stakes battle for all concerned. The 800lb gorillas, AWS, IBM, Google, Microsoft, et al. continue their efforts for dominance. The latest salvo has been a pri...
There are things we tend to take for granted in our everyday lives. We have certain expectations that don’t even have to be spoken, they’re just a given. If you walk into a room and turn on the light switch, the lights will go on, it’s assumed. If you turn the water faucet on, water wi...
There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, “May you live in interesting times.” For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as stil...
When was the last time you had a technology conversation that did not include the word ‘cloud’ in it? Gartner predicts that by 2016 the bulk of IT spend will be for the cloud. Gartner also believes that ‘nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of ...