IoT and BYOD devices bring holiday fear

IoT and BYOD devices bring holiday fear

An assortment of smart gadgets have dominated the holiday gift-giving season. Some of the most popular are smartphones, smart speakers, smart TVs, and wearables. And while these gizmos bring joy to their recipients, employees will return to work in the new year with their new devices in tow, causing potential liabilities for businesses.

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6 strategies for your software implementation plan

6 strategies for your software implementation plan

Whether you’re upgrading from spreadsheets to business intelligence software or need a help desk program to replace your old email-based system, deciding which type of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) best solves your problem is only the first step of a long process.

Unrealistic expectations, overlooked impacts, and frustrated employees are all waiting for you if you neglect the importance of a thorough software implementation plan.

From 2016 to 2017, Gartner reported a 19 percent year-over-year increase in inquiries regarding SaaS products, but only a 6 percent increase in inquires about SaaS implementation (report available to clients).

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Digital twin: An example of related technologies converging

Digital twin: An example of related technologies converging

Many people think of a digital twin as a 3D rendering of a physical object. And while that might be part of it, we’ve had computer-aided design (CAD) models for decades. Why the hype now?

It’s because the digital twin concept involves far more than that.

Digital twin technology helps businesses visualize assets and optimize operations by synchronizing the virtual world with the real world. Internet of things (IoT) sensors instantly transmit assorted data from an object to its digital twin. As the conditions of the object change, so too do those of its digital twin.

A digital twin is not simply a 3D rendering; it is a dynamic digital representation of a real-world object in real time.

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The business value of IT has never been greater

The business value of IT has never been greater

Expectations of IT management have changed fundamentally during the last decade. The proliferation of smartphones with apps that can be downloaded in seconds has caused end users to expect mobility, speed, and convenience in all facets of IT.

Changing demands and a rapidly transforming business environment require an increasingly agile IT department that is aligned with business needs in three key areas (click on each box to skip to that section):

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Zero day attacks sound scary: Should you be concerned?

Zero day attacks sound scary: Should you be concerned?

Zero day exudes a sense of dread.

… like something cataclysmic might happen on zero day. It even makes a nice subtitle for an action movie: Mission Impossible 8—Zero Day.

But in reality, the term is more like one of those signs at work that says “zero days since our last accident,” only it’s closer to “zero days since we’ve known about this security flaw in our software.”

In other words, zero day simply refers to the number of days that a vendor has known about a software bug (zero). A zero day vulnerability is a software bug that is susceptible to attack by a hacker.

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