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Idea to Delivery: Three Ways to Align IT Teams with Business Outcomes By Simon King Business is demanding better, faster delivery of value from IT so it can compete in a market that’s moving at breakneck speed. How can IT accelerate business outcomes if it’s taking nine months to complete projects? First and most important, align IT teams with business goals: acquire new customers, retain current customers, and boost revenue. When IT understands its role and significance in supporting those outcomes, it will earn a seat at the executive table. Scheduling is critical Transaction systems need to be rock solid, which is why platform releases are often six or nine months in the making. Business logic may need to be adjusted on a quarterly basis to support business changes while the User Experience layer may demand continuous updates for competitive reasons. Pace layer ma... (more)

Striim to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @StriimTeam #Analytics #IoT #AI #DX

SYS-CON Events announced today that Striim will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Striim is pronounced "stream", with two i's for integration and intelligence. The company was founded in 2012 as WebAction, with a mission to help companies make data useful the instant it's born. The leaders behind the Striim platform thrive on building technology companies that raise expectations for how the world does business. The team include core executives from GoldenGate Software (acquired by Oracle in 2009), Informatica, Oracle, SnapLogic, Embarcadero Technologies, PubNub and WebLogic. It is led by Ali Kutay who was an angel investor, president and CEO of WebLogic, as well as Chairman and CEO of GoldenGate Software. Striim handles ingestion of a wide variety of fast data (in... (more)

EARP to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | #BigData #IoT #AI #ML #DX #FinTech

SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems and mobile applications for international enterprises across different sectors such as Energy and Utilities, GreenTech, MedTech, FinTech, Facility Management and Housing, Automotive Manufacturing, and Sport. EARP also cooperates with international software houses by providing them with highly qualified and well-selected, multilingual teams for bigger projects. For more informa... (more)

Integrate #Blockchain into Business | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #FinTech #Bitcoin

Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

Scorecard for #SaaS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #SaaS #FinTech #DataCenter

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't adequately gauge and predict performance. SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous customer touch points. Whe... (more)

[session] #FinTech Analytics | @CloudExpo @KineticaDB #Bitcoin #Blockchain

Bringing Real-Time, Interactive Analytics to the Financial Industry The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it's bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can't keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jared Parker, Director of Financial Services at Kinetica, will discuss how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich information needed to drive trading decisions. With the unique multi-core architecture of the GPU, financial computations can be processed efficiently and quickly, making it ideal for financial services streaming datasets. He will share how several financial institutions' quantitative science groups are specifical... (more)

Big Data and #MachineLearning Algorithms | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #BigData

The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case study highlights how online travel and events pioneer lastminute.com leverages Big Data analytics with speed at scale to provide business advantages to online travel services. We'll explore how lastminute.com manages massive volumes of data to support cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms to allow for speed and automation in the rapidly evolving global online travel research and bookings business. To learn how a culture of IT innovation helps make highly dynamic customer interactions for online travel a major differentiator, we're joined by Filippo Onorato, Chief Information Officer at lastminute.com group in Chiasso, Switzerland. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Gardner: Most people these days... (more)

Continuous Intelligence of @SumoLogic | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #ML

Continuous Intelligence Aids in Keeping Apps up to Date The next BriefingsDirect applications health monitoring interview explores how a new breed of continuous intelligence emerges by gaining data from systems infrastructure logs -- either on-premises or in the cloud -- and then cross-referencing that with intrinsic business metrics information. We’ll now explore how these new levels of insight and intelligence into what really goes on underneath the covers of modern applications help ensure that apps are built, deployed, and operated properly. Today, more than ever, how a company's applications perform equates with how the company itself performs and is perceived. From airlines to retail, from finding cabs to gaming, how the applications work deeply impacts how the business processes and business outcomes work, too. We’re joined by an executive from Sumo Logic to l... (more)

The Danger of Pursuing Customer 360 View | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

One of the best parts of my job is talking to a wide variety of customers across a wide variety of industries at a wide variety of different points on their big data journey.  I’ve recently had several customer engagements where the client’s top business initiative is creating a Customer 360 View.  Danger, Will Robinson!!  I think the Customer 360 View business initiative is both dangerous and distracting; it is dangerous because it gives organizations a false goal to pursue, and it is distracting because it diverts the organization’s resources from more actionable and financially rewarding business initiatives. The Customer 360 View is a relic of the old-school Business Intelligence and data warehousing days.  Hate to be so harsh, but for many organizations, Customer 360 View was created as an artificial goal for organizations that could not move beyond the Busine... (more)

Intelligent Automation | @CloudExpo @CloudRaxak #AI #ML #CD #DevOps

Click Here to Download Now! Learn how intelligent automation in the cloud can enable you to transform your business, make your processes more flexible, reduce your security risk and lower your IT security OpEx 40-60%. Forrester's research shows that leveraging the cloud is difficult because of the cost and complexity of security compliance. Regulated industries like financial services (banking, investments, insurance), retail, and healthcare have to maintain compliance with industry standards (FFIEC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA). Forrester's recommendation is that IT automation is the only way to cost effectively leverage the cloud and deliver security compliance on-premise and in the cloud. IBM and Cloud Raxak use automated security compliance to enable enterprises to: Move workloads to the cloud while maintaining continuous security compliance Reduce cloud security costs by ... (more)

[session] @VodafoneIoT to Present at @ThingsExpo NY | #AI #DX #IoT #M2M

IoT Deployment and Development in Business In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today's customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling smart office capabilities for employees. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Kling, VP of IoT New Business Development at Vodafone, will discuss how through IoT deployment we are consistently seeing large scale business transformations and companies uncovering new opportunities. Speaker Bio Erik Kling has more than 20 years of exper... (more)