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IBM’s quantum computing technology, developed over decades, is ready for commercialization. It is a fundamentally different approach to computing than is used in today’s systems – and, as such, represents a watershed in computing history. By allowing scientists and researchers to model the complexities inherent in natural phenomena and financial markets, quantum computing is a new approach to the way in which computing itself is done. It is different than Big Data analytics, which finds patterns in vast amounts of data. Rather, it will generate new types of data characterizing phenomena that couldn’t be quantified before. What began deep in the...
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Can IBM Take Machine Learning Mainstream?

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It is clear that Watson, IBM’s cognitive engine, is becoming embedded in just about every tool and application that IBM is selling these days. In its most recent announcement, IBM is now making the Watson Machine Learning (ML) engine available on the mainframe in order to bring machine learning to transactional databases. This ML engine will be available both for on premises use and as a private Cloud implementation. IBM’s announcement had a vast array of capabilities too numerous to mention in a single blog, I would like to mention some of the aspects that I found especially important. The...
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The Lie of Digital Transformation

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I’m not going to mess around. If I hear one more person talk about a digital transformation strategy I think I might scream. But I digress. What do company executives really mean when they say that they want to move to a digital transformation strategy? I think that if you talk to 10 executives you will probably get 10 different answers. The answer to the question is a lot more complex than simply expecting your company to be the “uber” in your market. So, let me get to my point. Digital transformation really means a forward-looking strategy. Many well-established companies...
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In a recent Hurwitz survey of companies building IoT solutions, one key finding made a big impression on me: More than 90% of respondents work with one or more partners to develop and manufacture their IoT solutions. Looking deeper into the survey findings, I could find many reasons why companies are finding partnerships essential to their IoT projects. One of the most significant reasons is that most companies entering into the IoT market need to redefine their traditional manufacturing processes. This requires innovation at fast speeds in order to achieve first-to-market advantage. Therefore, partnering with an organization that already has experience...
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I recently had the opportunity to visit Jabil’s Blue Sky Innovation Center in San Jose. It is an amazing place with an ambiance that feels open, inviting and on the cutting-edge of innovation. But beyond how it looks, I was intrigued by the focus of the campus. The idea behind Blue Sky is to provide an environment where Jabil’s customers can collaborate with each other and Jabil to add new and innovative capabilities to their products. Jabil began as an electronics contract manufacturer but has evolved to support the entire product lifecycle. The company offers services from designing product packaging to...
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Over the past couple of months I have been on the road quite a bit, primarily attending a variety of analyst meetings – in addition to project work and book writing. This has given me little time to keep up with my blog writing. I decided to begin by providing an overview of my composite observations about the direction of the software market as part 1. I will then provide observations from a variety of meetings I have attended this spring. Enterprise software vendors at the crossroads. This is a time of transition for enterprise software. In the good old...
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Rethinking the Approach to Fraud

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If you think fraud is not your issue, think again; 1 in 13 people will be impacted by fraud. Therefore businesses that hope to maintain the trust of their customers must be able to address fraud in a consistent and predictable way.  If executed well, corporations, government, and non-profits companies need to protect their constituents by being both accountable and prepared. To achieve this aim requires more than simply implementing a set of point solutions, employing individual subject matter expertise, and reviewing an IT governance playbook.  My colleague, Dan Kirsch and I recently attended an IBM meeting where they announced their...
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  In researching our new book, Big Data for Dummies, it became clear that Big Data is not simply about a specific tool or technique for Big Data analytics.  You would never know this by examining the hype around this emerging market.  Yes, Hadoop is important but it not the entire big data ecosystem.  Big Data is not one tools or manipulating and analyzing huge volumes of data. And Big Data is not about calculating how many individuals on Twitter or Facebook mentioned a certain event.  It is easy to get caught up in the hype and focus on the tools...
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