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)
If IoT Is the Meteor, Is OT the Dinosaur?
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, a Senior Manager,
Business Strategy, at Cisco Systems, will discuss how IT and operational
technology (OT) work together, as opposed to being in separate siloes as once
was traditional. Attendees will learn how to fully leverage the power of IoT
in their organization by bringing the two sides together and bridging the
He will also look at what good leadership must entail in order to accomplish
this, and how IT managers can be the drivers of change within their
organizations. He also will discuss the skill sets needed to ensure that the
full power of the IoT can be harnessed.
Sudarshan Krishnamurthi is a Senior Manager, Business Strategy, at Cisco
Systems with over 20+ years of experience in the technology industry. He
leads the Business... (more)
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)
Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle
Cloud adoption is often driven by a desire to increase efficiency, boost
agility and save money. All too often, however, the reality involves
unpredictable cost spikes and lack of oversight due to resource limitations.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of
CloudHealth Technologies, will tackle the question: "How do you build a fully
optimized cloud?" He will examine:
Why TCO is critical to achieving cloud success - and why attendees should be
thinking holistically about cloud cost management. The critical elements of a
sound governance program (e.g., tagging, implementing lights on/lights off
policies). Real-world examples of companies that have driven cost savings,
governance, and security through automation.
Joe Kinsella is CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies. ... (more)
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)
My daughter is taking a class on entrepreneurship in her senior year of high
school (yep, that’s the Silicon Valley for you). She loves the class, the
energy of the teacher, and the creativity associated with the subject. As a
result, we have had several conversations about what does it mean to be an
While I am sure there are folks more qualified than me to define what it
means to be an entrepreneur, I’ve run into enough of those folks over the
years to believe that I have a pretty decent perspective.
So honey, this blog is for you!
I run into all types of people in my job – people starting up new companies
as well as people inside of larger organizations who are trying to embrace a
“think differently” approach to their jobs and their business challenges.
Each of these folks share a core set of characteristics that different... (more)
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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
Move workloads to the cloud while maintaining continuous security compliance
Reduce cloud security costs by ... (more)
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)
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)
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)
WWT Took an Enterprise Tower of Babel and Delivered Comprehensive Intelligent
The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case
study highlights how World Wide Technology, known as WWT, in St. Louis, found
itself with a very serious yet somehow very common problem - users simply
couldn’t find relevant company content.
We'll explore how WWT reached deep into its applications, data, and content
to rapidly and efficiently create a powerful Google-like, pan-enterprise
search capability. Not only does it search better and empower users, the
powerful internal index sets the stage for expanded capabilities using
advanced analytics to engender a more productive and proactive digital
Here to describe how WWT took an enterprise Tower of Babel and delivered
cross-applications intelligent search are James Nippert, Enterprise Se... (more)