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HP Discover 2014 – A Recap from Barcelona

HP Discover 2014 has officially come to an end, but we’re still basking in the glow of the exciting three days when IT leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of technology. Join us as we examine the highlights and takeaways from HP Discover’s second annual event in Barcelona.

Day 1 – Disruptive Innovation

 

“This is a time of relentless disruptive change for businesses and for governments. Think about it — ceaseless information flows, threats and uncertainty, constant connectivity, instant gratification, new channels, new markets, and new business models. No company survives without adapting. Without the ability to question, to rethink, to change, and to renew. Not your companies and not us.”

 

HP president, chairman, and CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the event with an impactful keynote on the shift from traditional IT to a new style of IT. She emphasized the need for an infrastructure designed to support the needs of the business, as well as the necessity for agile, scalable technology solutions. With the converging forces of big data, cloud, and mobility, consumerization is poised to revolutionize operations and permanently change the way IT supports the business.

 

Day 2 – Intelligent Business Transformation

 

HP had several key product unveilings that reiterated the current focus on a new IT. New servers, storage, converged systems, and services were evidence of HP’s focus on re-imaging old technology while embracing emerging technology and future disruptors. Discussions ranged from HP Haven (currently the sole big data platform on the market) to The Machine, a computing model that will bear tremendous weight in the evolution of data processing and analysis. “Computers have basically been built the same way for the past 60 years. At HP Labs we want to rethink computing,” said Martin Fink, CTO and director of HP Labs. “This Machine, our goal — in effect — is to allow us to run Haven on steroids.”

 

Day 3 – A New Style of IT

 

The Intel booth remained a mainstay for event participants for the duration of the event; luckily Ivana Jordanova, HP sales business development manager for Intel EMEA, was there to give those not in attendance a tour.

This year’s HP Discover was an enthralling look into the progress of IT in business. The overall focus on big data, cloud innovation, cybersecurity, and mobility in the enterprise was very much a reflection of the SMAC stack — social, mobile, analytics, cloud — we’ve been prioritizing at Intel. Great things lie on the horizon for IT, and we’re happy to be a part of that.

 

Until next year, adiós de Barcelona!

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From Entry Point to Exit Point: A New Security Strategy

lockitdown.jpgThe concept of user-centered IT isn’t exclusive to the CIO; the CISO should be focusing on it too. As security has evolved with technology, threats have shifted and grown at an even greater rate. Initially, it was us vs. them. Safeguard everything inside the castle and fend off all the invaders trying to scale the walls. But times have changed.

 

Today some of the greatest threats lie inside the castle walls. Any CISO will tell you that the greatest vulnerabilities often revolve around users. And as the barrier to entry has fallen, the potential for disaster has skyrocketed.

 

The key is empowerment — enable your users to be smart and secure.

 

User Knowledge is Power for Your Enterprise

 

Brett Hansen, executive director marketing end user computing software and mobility solutions at Dell, recently wrote:

 

Clearly, the business must focus on using encryption to secure devices, particularly at the file level. Malware protection is also essential so that experimentation does not result in a widespread infection or serious hack. Beyond that, changing paradigms mean that businesses must refocus on user security. This requires a joined up approach, where users are aware and educated in the potential complications of using Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), or Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC), and aware of the need to manage devices correctly, in line with business policy.

 

The convergence of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud has significant implications for end users, and promoting internal awareness can build a proactive security culture where it means the most.

 

Intel IT’s Security Approach: Protect to Enable

 

When Intel IT began focusing on the “three C’s” — cloud, collaboration, and choice — they had to confront the security concerns inherent to each initiative. So they developed a three-pronged strategy called “Protect to Enable.”

  1. Identity and Access Management (IdAM): “We are currently building a new foundational infrastructure that will support a more holistic identity and access strategy. Instead of multiple tools and policies, we will have a single IdAM hub through which all of our applications flow.”
  2. Cyber Security Center: “[T]he command post for threat prevention, detection, and response. The Cyber Security Center is responsible for analyzing events in our environment, identifying security issues, and initiating a response.”
  3. Security and Privacy by Design (PbD): “We are driving our risk mitigation philosophy and privacy principles upstream into our application and service development. By working with our design teams to build greater security and risk awareness into our applications, we can move the needle from reactive to proactive, develop stronger products, and deliver a better user experience. To integrate privacy into our applications and services, we are focused on applying the principles of PbD. These principles help guide our development teams on privacy considerations at each phase of a product’s or service’s lifecycle. In essence, we want the latest security intelligence, criterion, and privacy principles built into our applications and services, not bolted on.”

 

We’re closing in on 2015; what will your security strategy entail in the new year?

 

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Mobility — Taking BI Beyond the Boardroom

Business Intelligence (BI) has long empowered enterprise decision makers by providing a data-driven framework for making fast, informed decisions. With the development of advanced analytics, BI is now better and more essential to the enterprise than ever before. Revolutionary new cloud services handle computations of large data sets with ease and fast, portable devices allow easy remote access to just about anything; business intelligence has fully evolved into the mobile realm.

 

According to Kaan Turnali, Global Sr. Director, BI, SAP, “mobile BI is more prevalent and more relevant today because the gap between the experience of traditional BI content consumed on a desktop PC and that accessed on a mobile device is disappearing rapidly.”

 

With new studies showing that 55 percent of business intelligence users engage in self-service business intelligence tasks, it’s clear that BI has transcended its executives-only shackles and transformed into a much more utilitarian tool to be leveraged by contributors throughout the enterprise.

 

Seamless BI Access

 

Reliance on visual representations of data have become commonplace throughout the enterprise. Every business unit from supply chain to marketing has a dashboard for their analytics and increasingly need unfettered access to this information. This means undisrupted mobile access to BI information is critical. As strong as your BI strategy might be, it all comes down to how easily your team can access crucial dashboards.

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A recent Prowess Consulting study examined how popular mobile devices stacked up when accessing features of IBM’s market-leading Cognos BI platform. The study compared the performance of a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, Lenovo Miix 2, Apple iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 when running IBM Cognos reports.

 

Advanced Features

 

While the iPad and Galaxy Note were able to access the limited mobile app version of Cognos, the Lenovo devices offered full-featured access to Cognos Workspace Advanced, which allows users to create custom reports rather than accessing existing reporting tools. Not only did the Lenovo devices with an Intel architecture offer a deeper feature set, the devices featuring an Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family coupled with IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration offered 148x better performance than previous generations.

 

The Right Devices For Decision Makers

 

BI is only as valuable as the people using it to advance the business and the devices they use to access this information. Organizations that take their BI seriously should take device speed and compatibility seriously because devices don’t make business decisions — the people who use them people do.

 

Read the full study to learn about IBM Cognos and mobile Intel-powered devices optimized for business intelligence.

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Mobility — Taking BI Beyond The Boardroom

Business Intelligence (BI) has long empowered enterprise decision makers by providing a data-driven framework for making fast, informed decisions. With the development of advanced analytics, BI is now better and more essential to the enterprise than ever before. Revolutionary new cloud services handle computations of large data sets with ease and fast, portable devices allow easy remote access to just about anything; business intelligence has fully evolved into the mobile realm.

 

According to Kaan Turnali, Global Sr. Director, BI, SAP, “mobile BI is more prevalent and more relevant today because the gap between the experience of traditional BI content consumed on a desktop PC and that accessed on a mobile device is disappearing rapidly.”

 

With new studies showing that 55 percent of business intelligence users engage in self-service business intelligence tasks, it’s clear that BI has transcended its executives-only shackles and transformed into a much more utilitarian tool to be leveraged by contributors throughout the enterprise.

 

Seamless BI Access

 

Reliance on visual representations of data have become commonplace throughout the enterprise. Every business unit from supply chain to marketing has a dashboard for their analytics and increasingly need unfettered access to this information. This means undisrupted mobile access to BI information is critical. As strong as your BI strategy might be, it all comes down to how easily your team can access crucial dashboards.

SSg---Intel-and-IBM-Image-5 (1).png

 

A recent Prowess Consulting study examined how popular mobile devices stacked up when accessing features of IBM’s market-leading Cognos BI platform. The study compared the performance of a Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, Lenovo Miix 2, Apple iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 when running IBM Cognos reports.

 

Advanced Features

 

While the iPad and Galaxy Note were able to access the limited mobile app version of Cognos, the Lenovo devices offered full-featured access to Cognos Workspace Advanced, which allows users to create custom reports rather than accessing existing reporting tools. Not only did the Lenovo devices with an Intel architecture offer a deeper feature set, the devices featuring an Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family coupled with IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration offered 148x better performance than previous generations.

 

The Right Devices For Decision Makers

 

BI is only as valuable as the people using it to advance the business and the devices they use to access this information. Organizations that take their BI seriously should take device speed and compatibility seriously because devices don’t make business decisions — the people who use them people do.

 

Read the full study to learn about IBM Cognos and mobile Intel-powered devices optimized for business intelligence.

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Symphony Teleca and Intel: Making the Connected Car a Reality, Part 1

To create tomorrow’s connected car, we must collaboratively develop integrated systems to achieve a successful balance of safety, quality, and complexity. High performance computing from Intel and experienced software integration services from Symphony Teleca Corporation—the world’s first services company dedicated … Read more >

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Symphony Teleca and Intel: Making the Connected Car a Reality, Part 2

In this second of two Q &A blog posts (read part one here), Dean Miles, Senior VP, Automotive, Symphony Teleca, and Elliot Garbus, Vice President and General Manager, Intel Transportation Solutions Division, continue the conversation about collaboratively developing the connected … Read more >

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mHealth: Better Patient Care Starts with Better Technology

Home healthcare practitioners need efficient, reliable access to patient information no matter where they go, so they need hardware solutions that meet their unique needs. Accessing critical patient information, patient file management, seamless multitasking and locating a patient’s residence, are daily tasks for mobile healthcare professionals. Mobile practitioners don’t have access to the same resources they would if they were working in a hospital, so the tools they use are that much more critical to accomplishing their workload. Fortunately, advances in mobile computing have created opportunities to bridge that gap.

 

An Evolved Tablet For Healthcare Providers

 

As tablets have evolved, they’ve become viable replacements for clunky laptops. Innovation in the mobile device industry has transformed these devices from media consumption platforms and calendar assistants into robust workhorses that run full-fledged operating systems. However, when it comes to meeting the needs of home healthcare providers, not all tablets are created equal.

                 

A recent Prowess Consulting comparison looked at two popular devices with regards to tasks commonly performed by home healthcare workers. The study compared an Apple® iPad Air™ and a Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3 to determine which device offers a better experience for home healthcare providers, and ultimately, their patients.

 

Multitasking, Done Right

 

One of the biggest advantages to the Surface™ Pro 3 is its ability to let users multitask. For example, a healthcare worker can simultaneously load and display test results, charts, and prescription history via the device’s split-screen capabilities. A user trying to perform the same tasks on the iPad would find themselves running into the device’s limitations; there are no split-screen multitasking options on the iPad Air™.

 

The Surface™ Pro 3’s powerful multitasking abilities combined with the ability to natively run Microsoft Office gives home healthcare providers the ability to focus more time on patient care and less time on administrative tasks. Better user experience, workflow efficiency, file access speed, and split-screen multitasking all point to the Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 3 as the better platform for home healthcare providers.

 

For a full rundown of the Surface™ Pro 3’s benefits to home healthcare workers, click here.

 

What questions about mobile tablets in healthcare do you have?

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