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Gartner Says ContinuousNext is the Formula for Success through Digital Transformation and Beyond

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 4, 2019 by itnerd
The formula to achieve success in a world that is constantly changing is to implement a ContinuousNext approach, according to Gartner, Inc. ContinuousNext is the future evolution of concepts Gartner has introduced in recent years that will build momentum through digital transformation and beyond.
The five imperatives for CIOs to implement a ContinuousNext strategy include:
  • Privacy
  • Augmented intelligence
  • Continuous modernization
  • Digital product management
  • Culture
Chris Howard, distinguished research vice president at Gartner, explained today to an audience of more than 900 CIOs and IT leaders at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo, that now is the time for organizations to be more adaptive to change, and these leaders need to bring new practices, develop new capabilities and create new ways to succeed — the ContinuousNext approach.

Privacy

Mastering privacy and creating trusted digital connections is an urgent imperative for ContinuousNext. Gartner believes that Canada is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to privacy regulations. In ContinuousNext, privacy and data security techniques will continue to evolve.

Due to recent security breaches there is rising skepticism from consumers, which impacts trust. For the first time, a sizable group of consumers and employees are not willing to give up security, safety and peace of mind in exchange for convenience. In fact, 73% of marketing organizations are rethinking the way they look at customer data, in part due to new regulations.

“As a CIO, you have a mandate to maintain data protections on sensitive data about consumers, citizens and employees,” Mr. Howard said. “This typically means putting someone in charge of a privacy management program, detecting and promptly reporting breaches, and ensuring that individuals have control of their data. This is a board-level issue, yet barely half of organizations have adequate controls in place.”

Augmented Intelligence
Augmented intelligence is the logical step beyond artificial intelligence (AI). A recent Gartner survey showed that 30% of Canadian CIOs have implemented or plan to deploy AI in the next 12 months. AI is central to Canada’s innovation agenda and has a leadership advantage in three areas: research, supporting the AI startup sector and policy development.

However, there is a growing public view that AI systems will change the workforce, but Gartner does not view this as detrimental to workers.

Continuous Modernization

This imperative is no longer about organizations supporting and working around legacy infrastructure. The focus is now on modernizing the core to shape change and drive digital transformation. This is what Gartner calls continuous modernization.

Canadian organizations are already making great progress on modernizing the core. Modernization is often tied to a cloud source strategy and Canada’s spending on cloud services is second only to the U.S.

“However to make the leap to continuous modernization, organizations must focus on three things — shaping a different type of relationship with your business by aligning with partners; shifting mindset toward legacy infrastructure by recognizing the dynamism that is central to a continuous modernization effort; and sharing insights and new perspectives with your leaders, allies and teams,” said Katherine Lord, research vice president at Gartner. “A renovated core technology platform that is continuously modernized will spring you forward into the next phase of your ContinuousNext journey.”

Digital Product Management
Digital product management is a core imperative of ContinuousNext and accelerating adoption means that if CIOs don’t start soon, they may never catch up. Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey shows 24% of Canadian CIOs are already in the process of implementing product-centric delivery.

“Digital product management isn’t just a different way of doing IT. It’s a different way of doing business,” said Hung LeHong, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “In the digital world, keeping pace with the needs of customers, partners and employees requires a product mindset. Products launched quickly, with continuous updates — in a way that doesn’t overwhelm — but match customers’ needs, are at the heart of this approach. Enterprises must modernize their core systems to create an agile platform foundation for this kind of product delivery.”

Culture

Organizations must have a dynamic culture to enable ContinuousNext. However, culture is identified by 46% of CIOs as the largest barrier to realizing the promise of digital business. Gartner analysts said the first rule of culture change is to know what you want to change into. In terms of getting there, you will need to do a lot of big change. But, what leaders systematically leave on the table are the smaller actions that could have just as big of an impact on change. This is where culture hacking comes in.

“Hack your culture to change your culture,” said Mary Mesaglio, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “By culture hacking, we don’t mean finding a vulnerable point to break in to a system. It’s about finding vulnerable points in your culture and turning them in to real change that sticks. Culture hacking takes change off the horizon and inserts it into people’s day-to-day, in a visceral, memorable way. A great culture hack incites an immediate emotional response — shock, love, shame, pride — has immediate results, and is visible to lots of people at once.”

About Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo
Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders, uniting a global community of CIOs with the tools and strategies to help them lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. More than 25,000 CIOs, senior business and IT leaders worldwide will gather for the insights they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to, and drivers of, their enterprise’s success.

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Gartner Says Canadian IT Spending to Grow 1.1% in 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 4, 2019 by itnerd
Gartner is hosting its IT Symposium/Xpo this week in Toronto. This morning it released the findings of a survey which indicated Canadian IT spending is expected to grow 1.1 per cent in Canada in 2019.
According to the forecast, Canadian IT spending is projected to total $87.8 billion in 2019, an increase of 1.1% year over year. This is down from 3.5% growth in 2018.
Global IT spending is also forecast to grow 1.1% in 2019, reaching $3.79 trillion.
Although Canadian organizations are not as far along in their digital journey as their global counterparts, their use of cloud services is only second to the U.S. “We are seeing an increased investment in off-premises capabilities and decreased investment in on-premises capabilities,” said Mr. Lovelock.
This is reflected in the flat growth for data center systems in 2019 and the strong growth for enterprise software in 2019 and 2020 (see Table 1). The largest cloud shift has so far occurred in application software and that segment is poised for continued strong growth. Gartner also expects increased growth for the infrastructure software segment over the forecast period.
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More detailed analysis on the outlook for the IT industry is available in the complimentary webinar “IT Spending Forecast, 1Q19 Update: AI — Use it, Build it or Sell it.”

Court Orders Facebook to Open Privacy Records Related To Cambridge Analytica

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 4, 2019 by itnerd

According to The Wall Street Journal (paywalled), Facebook got some bad news when a judge told the social media company to hand over records to shareholders investigating the Cambridge Analytica data breach:

A Delaware corporate law court has ordered Facebook Inc. to hand over records to shareholders investigating the data privacy breach that fed information to now-defunct data miner Cambridge Analytica.

There is sufficient evidence that Facebook’s board of directors failed in its duty to protect data privacy to justify an expanded shareholder investigation, Joseph Slights, a vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, ruled on Thursday.

You can fully expect that Zuckerberg and company are not happy with that and will likely find some way to fight this as there’s no way on God’s green Earth do they want these records in the public domain as it likely shows that they didn’t do anything to protect their users. Which means that they would be open to getting absolutely slaughtered in any lawsuit that they face. Here’s hoping that they do get slaughtered as they deserve it.

Global E-waste Statistics Partnership Launches globalewaste.org

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 4, 2019 by itnerd

​​​​​​​​​​​The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, of which the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a founding member, today launched globalewaste.org, an open source portal that visualises e-waste data and statistics globally, by region and by country, for policy-makers, industry, academia and the public.

Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors and TVs are referred to as e-waste. E-waste contains substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately.

On the other hand, e-waste presents an opportunity worth over 62.5 billion dollars per year if treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods, with the potential of creating millions of decent new jobs worldwide.

On globalewaste.org, users can access e-waste data from Global and Regional E-waste Monitors for most countries on Earth. Data include: the amount of e-waste generated in total and per capita and discarded prior to any collection, reuse, treatment, or export; the amount of e-waste formally collected in total and per capita and regulated by environmental protection laws specifically designed for e-waste; and e-waste legislation by country, where applicable.

The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership comprises ITU, the United Nations University (UNU) and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

Latest estimates show that the world now discards approximately 50 million tonnes of e-waste per year, greater in weight than all of the commercial airliners ever made or enough Eiffel towers to fill Manhattan. Only 20% is formally recycled.

The portal globalewaste.org also details how countries can be supported through capacity building activities of the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership to enhance e-waste data collection.

Urban Armor Gear Announces Scout Series For The Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL 

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 4, 2019 by itnerd

Urban Armor Gear (UAG, urbanarmorgear.com) creators of rugged, lightweight mobile device cases, announced their new slim Scout Series, specifically designed to provide the ultimate protection for the just-launched Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

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The new Scout Series offers all-around protection for a device that’s designed for you to do more. The case boasts a featherlight construction and a sleek, minimalistic design all while meeting UAG’s impressive MIL-SPEC standards.

The Scout Series will bear the “Made For Google” badge, meaning UAG’s Pixel 3a and 3a XL cases have been certified to meet Google’s compatibility standards. Carefully engineered to protect the unique aspects of Google’s new devices, the case offers a screen surround, a non-slip ruggedized grip, and an armor shell to keep the Pixel 3a’s innovative technology intact.

Scout Series – Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL Color: Black Price: $29.95

• Feather-light construction

• Armor shell and impact resistant soft core

• Non-slip ruggedized grip

• Easy access to touchscreen and ports

• Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround

• Compatible with Fingerprint Sensor & Active Edge

• Google Pay compatible

• Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Tech Companies On Red Alert As The Feds Threaten Anti Trust Action

Posted in Commentary on June 4, 2019 by itnerd

The US Government is now looking at investigating anticompetitive behaviors by Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. If the probe does go ahead, they are likely to be investigated by the Justice Department rather than the FTC. Reuters had this to say:

The U.S. government is gearing up to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google misuse their massive market power, sources told Reuters on Monday, setting up what could be an unprecedented, wide-ranging probe of some of the world’s largest companies.

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, which enforce antitrust laws in the United States, have divided oversight over the four companies, two sources said, with Amazon and Facebook under the watch of the FTC, and Apple and Google under the Justice Department.

And:

Separately, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened its own investigation into competition in digital markets, with both Republicans and Democrats expressing concern about the power exercised by tech giants.

This isn’t good for any of these companies as it is certain that the US Government will find something that they are each hiding. You can fully expect a major PR blitz as well as visits to Capitol Hill by the CEOs of these companies in the near future as they attempt to derail this.