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Before I start with my predictions, let me explain what I mean by a prediction. I believe that predictions should not be about the end of a technology cycle but the timing for when a issue begins to gain traction that will result in industry shifts.  As I pointed out in my book, Smart or Lucky? How Technology Leaders Turn Change Into Success (Josey Bass, 2011), important industry initiatives and changes usually require decades of trial and error before they result in significant product and important trends.  So, in my predictions, I am pointing out changes that are starting. a know...
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  Oracle is stepping up its move to the cloud, positioning the Oracle Cloud public cloud as an engine for growing its overall enterprise business. As more companies move workloads into hybrid clouds, and competition intensifies, Oracle has decided to play to its strengths in security, availability and workload performance. It has taken its own approach by leveraging its engineered systems, running in Oracle Cloud data centers – or in customer sites – as a differentiator in competing with other CSPs.  Oracle knows it is competing with other cloud services that got into the market much earlier than it did: Amazon...
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How Can You Drive #PositiveSecurity?

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Balance Risk and Costs for Positive Security
I’m a big car nut so I wondered if there are any parallels between the evolution of cars and IT security. Seven years after the first automobile was produced by Karl Benz in 1886, electronic security started when the wireless telegraph, the first network was hacked. While both technologies were have born in similar eras, their paths quickly diverged. Automobiles evolved at a fast pace over the years because consumers and government demanded improvements. Performance increased, costs decreased, and safety got a lot better. In contrast, security’s progression was largely motivated by the risk - prevention from attacks, detection of current attacks,...
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  I had the opportunity to attend the National Retail Federation Conference this year. Attending sessions and meeting with a variety of retailers and technology vendors I came away with some observations about the requirements for retailers in the future to be successful. My overriding observation is that retailers who are successful in the future will be those companies that are able to get creative in their use of technology. Retailers need to focus on the intersection of cloud, analytics, customer experience, and security. It is a difficult challenge. First, margins for retailers are quite low so that investing in technology...
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Security and availability are top-of-mind IT concerns about enterprise clouds – and transferring enterprise workloads to hybrid clouds. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – security and availability are not going away just because we’re in the age of cloud computing. Rather, customers must evaluate their on-premises requirements for both security and availability -- and they must take steps to match those levels throughout the hybrid cloud, working together with their cloud service providers (CSPs). Security must be assured for all workloads and data. That can be achieved by means of encryption and user authentication – and by...
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IBM Systems’ year-end report to analysts was remarkable in the way that it positioned distributed computing, supporting hybrid cloud and analytics, as an important key to the company’s overall systems strategy. It is also vital for growing installations of IBM hardware and software, and expanding into new accounts. IBM has long been involved in scale-up and scale-out computing, but its brand is often associated with traditional scale-up systems and storage for data centers. This year-end report showed how the portfolio, as a whole, enables distributed computing and scale-out computing, to support hybrid cloud, analytics and cognitive computing. With this approach, IBM’s...
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2017 Predictions from the Hurwitz Team

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Last year we predicted that it would be a year of consolidation and a time for businesses to absorb emerging technologies. We think that this trend wil continue. This year we are digging in around seven different areas. Each area will have three predictions from our impressive analyst team. It is a lot to look at but we are hopeful that you will find these predictions interesting and insightful. We want your feedback. Engage in a dialog with us in the new year. Getting the job done in 2017 The focus for 2017 is on getting the job done. Therefore,...
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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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