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    Mindful that the move to hybrid cloud is accelerating – and that business priorities are increasingly driving IT buying decisions – Red Hat executives at Red Hat Summit 2017 highlighted the business impact of adopting their portfolio of open-source software products. The focus at this year’s Summit: Providing developers and IT operators with tools that reduce the number of individual steps needed to complete many repetitive tasks. Integration of functionality, and unified consoles for monitoring and management are intended to reduce operational costs for the business. This approach addresses the “Dev” and the “Ops” personnel within an IT organization...
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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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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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Can Open Source Companies Be Successful?

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Open source is dramatically changing the IT landscape on many levels. For example, open source helps existing software companies jump-start their entry into new markets. Rather than trying to convince customers and partners to adopt a proprietary platform, creating an offering on open source platforms allows users to leverage tools they are familiar with. In addition, open source platforms often have the support of active user communities and are continually evolving to support new technical and business capabilities. While there are clearly benefits in the use of open source, there are issues that you need to keep in mind. Companies...
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  Over the past several weeks I have had some conversations with a new division of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) that is offering digital software and solutions with a strong focus on data integration. While TCS itself provides solutions to customers through its consulting services, this new business unit is creating a self-sustaining organization based on analytics of customer and urban data. Where does Digital Software and Solutions fit? But first a little context. Tata Consultancy Services is a major business unit within the larger Tata Corporation. Like many multi-national companies, Tata offers a wide variety of products and services...
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Can IoT Meet its Great Expectations?

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We can all agree that IoT has become a hot topic with IT and business leaders. Why is there so much interest and excitement around IoT? Is IoT just another technology buzz term or will it have a lasting impact? While there are many reasons for the high level of enthusiasm over the IoT, results of a recent study conducted by Hurwitz & Associates revealed several interesting insights. First, in this study, sponsored by Jabil, we discovered that companies are moving quickly with their IoT implementations and expect to see results from their IoT initiatives quickly. While just 52% of the...
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  Earlier this year I co-authored a book on Cognitive Computing. It is a complex topic because it requires that practitioners change the way they go about building applications and creating value for their companies.  Cognitive computing is not a single technology or a single market. Rather it is an approach to solving problems by leading with data. This means that rather than creating all the logic first and flowing data into a solution, you begin by analyzing the data to determine the patterns in that data. As more data is added, the cognitive system gets smarter and adapts to this...
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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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