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Reflections on the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary – A Series of Blogs – #1

It has been just over two months since the ITU’s 2014 19th quad annual plenipotentiary (PP14) meeting concluded in Busan, South Korea. Now that the dust has settled, delegations have recovered from three weeks away from home, and countless debriefs and panels … Read more >

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Intel® Partners With LG® To Build The Industry’s First 4K Wireless Display Solution

Wireless display capabilities have grown leaps and bounds in recent months. To take the new cord-cutting technology to the next level, Intel partnered with LG® to release the industry’s first wireless displays supporting full 4K UHD video streaming. This industry-leading … Read more >

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Tenth Anniversary of ENISA – European Network and Information Security Agency

by: Dr. Claire Vishik In today’s fast-paced world, ten years is a long time, and nothing changes as fast as the technology landscape. When ENISA was formed in 2004, the importance of cybersecurity was already well understood, but the diversity … Read more >

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IT’s Year in Review

New Year’s Day 2015


As I sat watching the Rose Bowl (not that I am a big follower of college football, I’m more of a pro football/college basketball kind of fan), but it is an annual keyboard-2-482675-m.jpgtradition to watch the Pac 10 battle the Big 10, oh, wait, someone already screwed up THAT tradition. Oh, well, it’s not like IU ever played it in anyway. Anyway, as Oregon began to dominate (ok, right after the National Anthem), I thought it would be interesting to look back over my tweets of 2014 and see what insights into IT were captured by what I had shared. I was struck by the breadth of knowledge, experience, and subjects that had been covered. I could not think of a better place to share some of these posts than on Intel’s IT Peer Network. Twitter_bird_logo_2012.svg.png


A couple of things before we dive in. First, many (but certainly not all) of these posts came via the Top 100 CIOs to Follow on Twitter by Vala Afshar. If you are not following these folks and you are in IT, you should be! Second, to further set the stage think back to the start of 2014 by checking out the projected trends for the year in Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 from Gartner.


So without any further ado, and in no particular order…

Traditional vs. Digital CIOs: Survey Reveals a Growing Divide


IT’s Losing Battle Against Cloud Adoption


5 Lessons for CIOs in the Age of Cloud


Coaching for Corporate Creatives


The Cloud-fueled Disruption of Business Analytics


The Four Personas of the Next-Generation CIO


The Consumer Revolution of Enterprise Computing


How Gamification Drives Business Objectives


3 Ways Emerging Technologies are Changing the Way CIOs Do Business


What is Your Company’s Vision and Why Should You Care?


New IT Challenge: Balancing Agility and Discipline


IT has Finally Cracked the C-Suite

Can Big Data be the Next Big Economic Indicator?


CIOs Must Learn to Dance with other C-Suite Executives


IDC Chief Research Officer: CIOs Must Embrace The Third Platform


IT Spend is Growing but CIOs Just Don’t Get It


The Time to Think about Middlemen is Before there is Only One


The Strategic CIO: Are You and Your Team Ready


What is Mobile Business Intelligence?


2014 – The Year the CIO and CMO Partnership Became Mission Critical


That last post is from Isaac Sacolick, as I created my original list, I had over a half dozen posts from Isaac. If you follow one blog in 2015 you would do well to follow Isaac’s Social, Agile and Transformation…(ok, in addition to this one (“The CIO is Dead, Long Live the CIO”), Rivers of Thought and my LinkedIn blog).


So that week between the Playoffs and the Super Bowl, when there is nothing else to do except watch the thermometer drop;  why not spend some time clicking through these blog posts? Trust me, you will come away with more than one nugget for 2015!


Have a great 2015! Be sure and drop me a line with how things are going in your IT Department with the Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2015.


Jeff


Jeffrey Ton is the SVP of Corporate Connectivity and Chief Information Officer for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, providing vision and leadership in the continued development and implementation of the enterprise-wide information technology and marketing portfolios, including applications, information & data management, infrastructure, security and telecommunications.


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Transforming the Customer Engagement with Mobile Point of Sale and More

How can store mobility help retailers keep up with today’s empowered shoppers? In this blog, Dell’s Mike Adams shares the success strategies he’s learned from his work with leading retailers—and his own experiences as a retailer and entrepreneur. He also … Read more >

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Intel® DRS — No More Wi-Fi Trouble For International Travelers

If you travel internationally, you may be familiar with difficulties associated with connecting to Wi-Fi networks. Wireless standards and regulatory requirements differ from country to country, and incompatible Wi-Fi hardware in your laptop or other mobile device may adversely affect … Read more >

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Urban Growth and Sustainability: Building Smart Cities with the Internet of Things

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This is the first installment of a four part series on Smart Cities with Dawn Olsen (#1 of 4).

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Click here to read blog #3


Not long ago, the human race hit a significant milestone. In 2009, for the first time in our history, more of us lived in urban areas than rural. It’s estimated that 54% of today’s global population lives in cities and this figure is expected to rocket up to 66% by 2050. With this increase in city inhabitants, we’re quickly heading towards the “Megacity” era.  Soon a city with a population of 10 million or more will seem typical.  As these burgeoning metropolises drive industrial and financial growth on a global scale, the emergence of powerful new economies are beginning to be introduced and developed around the world.


Despite being financial powerhouses, cities can also generate their fair share of problems. For example, they consume two thirds of today’s available energy and other valuable resources, leaving the other third for the millions who still live in smaller settlements and rural areas. As urban populations get bigger, it is vital to make sure that our cities are ready to deal with more people, more traffic, more pollutants and more energy use in a scalable and sustainable way. In short, we need our cities to be smarter.


This is the challenge that gets me out of bed in the morning. I’m excited to be part of Intel’s smart cities initiative, which is focused on putting the Internet of Things (IoT) to use in any way that will benefit urban societies.


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The IoT blocks that build smart cities may include anything from technical components like sensors that measure air quality or temperature, to end-to-end city management solutions that control traffic flow based on analysis of citywide congestion data. The combinations in which these blocks can be applied are almost limitless, and we are exploring innovative new applications to improve quality of life, cost efficiencies and environmental impact.  For example, the work Intel is undertaking with the City of San Jose, California, uses IoT technology to build more sustainable infrastructure, and the project has been recognized by the White House as part of its Smart America initiative. 



In this blog series (this is the first of four posts), I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the key areas in which we’re driving the smart cities of the future, based on innovative trials and deployments already completed, or going on now. My blog posts will cover three main areas:

  • Smart security and the evolving challenge of safeguarding our increasingly connected cities
  • Technology driving innovation in traffic and transport management
  • Sustainable solutions to the problem of rising air pollution.


Check back soon for my next post (next Thursday – 1/15/2015), which will explore how Intel’s smart city initiatives can help enhance citizens’ safety and security. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not by just rolling out more CCTV cameras.


Let’s get smart.


This is the first installment of a four part series on Smart Cities with Dawn Olsen (#1 of 4).

Click here to read blog #2

Click here to read blog #3


To continue the conversation, let’s connect on Twitter @DawnOlsen


Dawn Olsen

Global Sales Director

Government Enterprise, Intel

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Removing Barriers to Business in 2015: Smarter Devices and Services

old new.jpgWe’ve all dealt with it before — how to make legacy technology work so that it doesn’t slow you down. Whether it’s losing a flash drive with a document on it that you spent hours writing, or being left out of the loop because a coworker forgot to hit “reply all” on an important email, or stepping in front of a group to give a presentation only to realize you’re not quite sure just how you’re going to connect your laptop to the screen — we’ve all experienced these workplace faux pas. But what if we didn’t have to deal with these hassles anymore?

 

As a work-from-home employee managing a social media team dispersed around the world, the ability to stay connected and collaborate with my team and customers is critical to our success. I look at the way we interact and wonder: What if the stodgy old productivity barriers of the traditional 9-to-5 office were swept away in a new era of organization, compatibility, and inspiration driven by smarter devices and services?

 

Mobile Puts the “M” in Movement

 

Big ideas can happen anywhere, anytime. Adopting mobile applications in business enables employees to capture and share in real time making mobility an intuitive, simplified experience. Hands-free options like voice commands, gesture input, and smart alerts save time, streamline complex tasks, and make multitasking easier. Video conferencing has also been incredibly impactful on establishing instant connectivity and personal interaction between remote, dispersed employees.


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Per Michael DeFranco at Forbes, “In 2015, I expect to see a shift from enterprises investing in technologies that just end up giving workers another ‘thing to check’ to those that truly drive productivity by putting the right information into the right hands at the right time.”

 

Wireless Productivity

 

Wireless solutions are popping up everywhere with wireless display, wireless charging, and wireless docking becoming prevalent on both a corporate and consumer level. Wireless can be a game-changer when it comes to creating a connected boardroom, delivering presentations, leveraging data, and enabling more meaningful interactions.

 

Cloud-Enabled Collaboration

 

The future office will bring better use and integration of collaboration tools. Gone will be the days of losing precious work or sifting through an inundated inbox. “Long threads, attachments and elaborate formatting are archaic, confusing and counter to collaboration. Messaging services and apps trump email for all but the most formal or regulated communication, with no single service dominant, as context matters,” states Steven Sinofsky from Re/code.

 

Document security can also be improved by embracing the cloud. Web-based apps allow the business to control who can see and manipulate content. Sinofsky states, “Using cloud-based documents supports an organization knowing where the single, true copy resides, without concerns that the asset will proliferate. Mobile devices can use more secure viewers to see, print and annotate documents, without making copies unnecessarily.”

 

With the use of cloud-driven mobile applications, ease of access to information and services will be important. But so is keeping access to those assets safe and secure. The increased use of multi-factor authentication, including the potential mixture of biometric authentication and RFID, will provide convenience and ensure that only the right person will see the right information.

 

I find that I need to better manage myself and set boundaries between work and life as these new technology tools make collaboration anytime, anywhere easier. Yet I’m excited to know that the future of work might be closer than we think, and I welcome it with open arms in 2015.

 

To continue the conversation on Twitter, please follow me at @chris_p_intel or use #ITCenter.

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Data Center Design Tips

DC0.jpgData Center Design Tips

When you’re designing a new data center, it’s important to bear in mind that your needs will change as your company expands. Before you start, you should consider some basic issues that will enable you to retain some flexibility when it comes to fitting your current operational needs and letting them grow in the future.

 

Get the Size Right

Keep all your equipment in one location. Consider using enclosed cabinets or Telco racks to take maximum advantage of available space. Nowadays, thanks to the latest server technology, you can pack hundreds of servers into one rack. Choose a room with a ceiling between 14 and 18 feet. This will ensure that your server room can be easily maintained and adequately cooled. Installing a raised floor will enable you to run cables and power whips from a central panel.

 

Keep it Secure 

As well as staying up-to-date on patches, services packs and locking down systems, don’t forget to ensure your physical security it top notch. The last thing you want is someone walking into your server room and tampering your hardware or removing it. Set a policy on who is permitted entry and use a secure keycard system.

 

Protect your System

Make sure that your data center is protected against fire, smoke and water by installing a monitoring system that is capable of alerting you should these issues arise. Consider environmental factors which may increase the risk of physical threats to your server room such as earthquakes, flooding and other forms of severe weather.

With some foresight and careful planning, your new data center can be designed so that it is very secure, and flexible enough to expand with your company’s growth.

 

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3 Innovations Coming to Mobile in 2015

Arif1.PNGThere are a number of innovations in business mobile debuting from Intel and mobile device manufacturers in 2015. These will help enterprises to improve the user experience and productivity of their mobile work forces, and help IT bridge the gap between new user demands and the mobile equipment they offer.

 

  • Form factor innovation

The forthcoming low-power, high-performance Intel Core M processor will enable form factor innovations such as razor-thin tablets that can offer the performance of a PC. Ultra-thin 2 in 1s are also going to be attractive to businesses who will be able to offer smaller and better form factors to their mobile workers and business travellers. These form factors will bridge the gap between new user demands for business client devices, and what the business can offer. The new super-thin tablets and notebooks will offer improvements in user experience, collaboration, productivity and portability.

  • No wires technology

The second innovation coming to mobiles is ‘no wires’ technology, which will simplify life for everyone. It will be a boon for mobile workers and IT departments, and continue the trend of workplace transformation. No wires docking, through Intel WiGig-based Wireless Docking technology, will transform meeting rooms. It gives workers ‘walk up’ convenience as it remembers their preferences, making them instantly productive. No wires docking can be used in combination with wire-free keyboards, mice, printers and monitors – such as the Intel Pro Wireless Display – and is poised to improve office working and modernise both consumer and business computing. Another exciting development coming in the future is ‘no wires charging’ for mobile devices. This will enable mobile workers to lay their device down on the desk so it can be charged automatically.This technology will accompany existing enterprise-class technology such as Intel vPro, which provides security and manageability to wire-free environments. Intel vPro can make wire-free meeting rooms secure, offer remote management and features such as transferring screens from one room to another to enhance collaboration.

  • Stronger, simpler security

Thirdly, more advanced security – which is simpler both to use and administer – is coming to mobile devices. New security innovations will simplify the sign-on process, and reduce the number of passwords required.

 

Mobile devices will increasingly use multi-factor authentication, particularly biometric data such as face recognition, to improve business security. This ‘no passwords’ approach will simplify life for end-users, who will be able to unify their passwords by replacing them with a single biometric input instead.

 

As for IT departments, multi-factor authentication will harden the security of the platform, and will also simplify security management.

 

It will mean single sign-on for multiple cloud services through face recognition or two-factor authentication, and will utilise existing manageability and security features offered by Intel vPro technology.

 

Mobile computing is about to enter a new phase of sophistication.

 

- Arif

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3 Innovations Coming in Mobile 2015

Arif1.PNGThere are a number of innovations in business mobile debuting from Intel and mobile device manufacturers in 2015. These will help enterprises to improve the user experience and productivity of their mobile work forces, and help IT bridge the gap between new user demands and the mobile equipment they offer.

 

  • Form factor innovation

The forthcoming low-power, high-performance Intel Core M processor will enable form factor innovations such as razor-thin tablets that can offer the performance of a PC. Ultra-thin 2 in 1s are also going to be attractive to businesses who will be able to offer smaller and better form factors to their mobile workers and business travellers. These form factors will bridge the gap between new user demands for business client devices, and what the business can offer. The new super-thin tablets and notebooks will offer improvements in user experience, collaboration, productivity and portability.

  • No wires technology

The second innovation coming to mobiles is ‘no wires’ technology, which will simplify life for everyone. It will be a boon for mobile workers and IT departments, and continue the trend of workplace transformation. No wires docking, through Intel WiGig-based Wireless Docking technology, will transform meeting rooms. It gives workers ‘walk up’ convenience as it remembers their preferences, making them instantly productive. No wires docking can be used in combination with wire-free keyboards, mice, printers and monitors – such as the Intel Pro Wireless Display – and is poised to improve office working and modernise both consumer and business computing. Another exciting development coming in the future is ‘no wires charging’ for mobile devices. This will enable mobile workers to lay their device down on the desk so it can be charged automatically.This technology will accompany existing enterprise-class technology such as Intel vPro, which provides security and manageability to wire-free environments. Intel vPro can make wire-free meeting rooms secure, offer remote management and features such as transferring screens from one room to another to enhance collaboration.

  • Stronger, simpler security

Thirdly, more advanced security – which is simpler both to use and administer – is coming to mobile devices. New security innovations will simplify the sign-on process, and reduce the number of passwords required.

 

Mobile devices will increasingly use multi-factor authentication, particularly biometric data such as face recognition, to improve business security. This ‘no passwords’ approach will simplify life for end-users, who will be able to unify their passwords by replacing them with a single biometric input instead.

 

As for IT departments, multi-factor authentication will harden the security of the platform, and will also simplify security management.

 

It will mean single sign-on for multiple cloud services through face recognition or two-factor authentication, and will utilise existing manageability and security features offered by Intel vPro technology.

 

Mobile computing is about to enter a new phase of sophistication.

 

- Arif

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Keeping Pace with Technology Innovation in Financial Services

This is the first installment of a five part series on Tech & Finance.  Click here to read blog #2.


Are you a revolutionary?

 

When you think of the Industrial Revolution, I imagine your mind conjures images of 19th century railroads stretching to the horizon and factories belching out steam and smoke. So would it surprise you to know that we’re in the middle of an Industrial Revolution right now?

 

Blalock1.jpgEvery hundred years or so, we go through a period of massive and transformative disruption which affects the way we live and work.  One of the earliest moments we might think of when we consider these transitional periods is the first Industrial Revolution.  In the second Industrial Revolution, we saw the rise of electrification, the combustion engine, the automobile, and mass production. Now we’re witnessing what author Jeremy Rifkin has termed the Third Industrial Revolution, spurred by advances in computing, communications technology and the Internet.

 

Although these revolutions generate huge changes, they take time. Think about electricity. Ben Franklin proved the link between static electricity and lightning in the 1750s, but Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb until 1879.  And it wasn’t until the early 1920s that electricity became pervasive in households.

 

So we’re still fairly close to the beginning of this third revolution, but it’s clear that it’s already having a profound effect on the way we live and work. For starters, there’s the massive and unstoppable rise of what is called the Shared (or Collaborative) Economy. Imagine you’re heading to Singapore on a business trip (lucky you!). In this new world you’d never need to set foot in a hotel, taxi or office, opting instead to use AirBnB,Uber, oDesk or any number of similar services. The access that they offer to share resources through the Internet is creating a new paradigm where access trumps ownership. And it’s not just a fad: AirBnB now has a valuation of $13 billion and offers over 500,000 rooms worldwide, which puts it in the same market place as established hotel brands. Indeed, it’s set to be the second most valuable private company in Silicon Valley according a recent Wall Street Journal article.

 

With this new model piling on the competitive pressure, established companies need to up their pace of change to stay relevant. Easier said than done, right? There may be any number of barriers to change, such as a lack of an ‘innovation’ culture, or restrictive hierarchies and processes. To be more innovative, you need to align HR, culture, IT and facilities, and have a financial model in place to drive workplace transformation. In order to attract and retain the Generation Y employees that will form 75% of the workforce by 2025, this is essential.

 

Blalock2.jpgSo what’s the underlying force driving both the Shared Economy and the demand for workplace transformation? It’s the SMAC stack. SMAC stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud – the four technologies that are combining to drive business transformation and productivity. This stack simply didn’t exist five years ago the way that it does today, and it’s enabling innovation and scale at a phenomenal pace.

 

In my role at Intel, I work closely with our customers in the financial services industry, many of whom are experiencing the power of the SMAC stack first-hand. It’s transforming the landscape in which they operate but also helping banks address some of their key challenges, as recently outlined in a report by the banking software company Temenos.

 

These include:

  • Complying with regulations like Basel III, Dodd-Frank (in the US) and MiFID (in Europe) in the wake of the global financial crisis
  • The emergence of new competitors who may not have the same compliance obligations as traditional financial organizations, such as technology and information companies (Google, Apple, PayPal, Alibaba), retailers (Tesco, Walmart), or players from the fringes of banking (AMEX, Simple, GoBank, Ally).
  • Changing customer behaviour, driven by mobility and the ubiquity of information access. Banks must merge their channels across digital banking and transform their branches to create an efficient, secure omni-channel experience for their customers.

 

The bottom line is that banks must comply with regulations and keep the system safe while innovating like a start-up. In this blog series, I’ll be exploring four business imperatives that financial organizations need to embrace in order to turn their technology assets into a powerful differentiator and driver of innovation – and how this will help them to succeed as revolutionaries in the third industrial age.


This is the first installment of a five part series on Tech & Finance.  Click here to read blog #2.


Let’s continue the conversation on Twitter: @blalockm


Mike Blalock

Global Sales Director

Financial Services Industry, Intel

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