Are Wearables for Business Too?

Are Wearables for Business Too? April 9, 2014

It was evident from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that wearables have taken off in the consumer space, but what about the business world? What, if any, is the value proposition for a business to adopt a wearable technology solution? Wearables hold big potential for businesses in the digital age. Whoever can push the most […]

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The End of Data Standardization

End of Data Standardization March 20, 2014

We can no longer deny the drive to diversify data management technology that began in the mid-90s. The aspiration to achieve one single and simple database management system has died. I grew up with the advent of commercial relational databases in the late 80s and early 90s. At the time, the promise was clear: you […]

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The CIO’s Role in the Internet of Things

March 13, 2014
The CIO’s Role in the Internet of Things

In our soon-to-be-released Digital IQ survey of over 1,400 business and technology executives, 20% of respondents say they plan to invest in sensors. We feel confident in predicting that the Internet of Things (IoT) or the Internet of Everything will finally begin to take off this year, as futurists have forecasted for years. What remains […]

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The 5 Dimensions of the So-Called Data Scientist

The 5 Dimensions of the So-Called Data Scientist March 5, 2014

What is “data science”? Is it really a new emerging discipline as some claim it to be; or is it the emperor in new clothes – data mining, statistics, business intelligence or analytics re-branded? Moreover, is it possible that one person can fulfil the role of a data scientist? Rather than answering this question directly, […]

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Hot Technologies for VCs

February 24, 2014
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Which emerging technologies are attractive to venture capitalists (VCs) right now? PwC’s MoneyTree™ publication enables us to follow the money and get a sense for where investors believe specific industries and lines of business will have a market impact over the course of the next several years. There is a tremendous investment focus on software, […]

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Common Misconceptions about Emerging Technologies: Gamification

Gamification misconceptions February 10, 2014

First in a series on common misconceptions about emerging technologies. Misconception: Gamification is about giving out badges to users. I had the chance recently to go through’s Hour of Code, an introduction to a series of free online courses that are designed to teach children (not to mention adults) the fundamentals of computer science. […]

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Anatomy of a Skimmer Attack

Retail Cybersecurity Attack January 27, 2014

Lately it seems every day brings news of a cybersecurity attack in the retail space. How do cyber criminals pull it off? Let’s break down the anatomy of a skimmer attack. Thieves install electronic software “skimmers” on point of sale (POS) terminals. As customers swipe their credit cards, these skimmers collect the track data— the […]

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Mining Customer Insights with Speech-to-Text Technology

Mining Customer Insights with Speech-to-Text Technology January 21, 2014

From touch and gesture interfaces to advanced facial recognition, our computers are communicating with us on an increasingly human level. One technology that is showing particular promise is a computer’s ability to recognize human speech or Speech-to-Text (STT). Applications such as Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Nuance’s Dragon have brought voice-activated commands to the masses […]

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Espionage Tradecraft Targeting Businesses

Espionage Tradecraft Targeting Businesses January 8, 2014

Spies want what companies have—trade secrets, confidential business plans, and personally identifiable information. To mine this rich lode of data, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations, and other groups have a sophisticated and varied set of tools. The use of cutting-edge technology in espionage against economic and other targets has dominated recent headlines. But intelligence collectors […]

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3D Printing: On the Brink of Disruption

3D Printing January 2, 2014

If you’re a confessed tinkerer like me, it’s hard not to get excited about 3D printing. Dream it and you can build it. Using CAD designs, 3D printers fabricate solid objects from digital images. Believe it or not, 3D printers are making everything from pizza and high-fashion clothing to human organs and parts for the […]

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