What Artificial Intelligence means to IBM SVP Rob Thomas – and what this should mean to you

In a far-reaching and candid interview after IBM’s #THINK2020 digital event, Rob and I discussed his insights into what’s happening with AI in the enterprise and where the biggest long-term impacts will be.  My summary of Rob’s insights Learn more from the interview itself, below. Too many companies confuse consumer-grade and business-grade AI. Companies have unrealized…

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The Missing T: Why OT & IT Are Not Enough in Manufacturing

Manufacturing CIO’s have a casual relationship with engineering or product design elements of the business.  ERP systems have had some degree of integration with product lifecycle management (PLM) systems but they have mostly thought of these systems merely as a data source. A black box in their enterprise architecture.  They have no intrinsic understanding of…

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IBM Needs To Open Its Garage Doors A Bit Wider

IBM shared updates and insights on its IBM Garage digital transformation program this week with industry analysts.  It was a useful update, and clarified much about a program that has not gained the recognition – and promotion – that it deserves. I believe that the program is solid, well-managed, and provides excellent value to customers…

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IBM Battles at the Edge of the Market

A centuries-old military aphorism claims that “all battles occur at the edges where two maps meet.” The implication is that the most critical aspect of combat takes place where details are lacking, and control is limited at best. IBM gets this, and it is the reason behind their critical edge computing announcements at last week’s…

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CIO Zoom 5.0 Video Conferencing Risks: Still not failsafe?

Zoom 5.0 video conference service (VS) is not safe for most businesses due to ongoing data security risks! During the COVID-19 tidal wave, many millions in the workforce had to work at home, if possible. Many organizations needed to stand up missing video conferencing services fast. Growing numbers of remote workers adopted Zoom’s no/low cost,…

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1717 Engraving of the Ten Commandments

Ten commandments for new software niche players to follow

What could we do without software? Whether it’s the micrometer I use when adjusting features of the 1930’s tractor engine in my 1962 Morgan roadster, the digital thermometer we bought for the pandemic, the microwave oven we have in our kitchen, the Apple watch I wear or the cloud-based applications I access – software is…

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COVID-19 Gives Manufacturing CIOs Unique OT Learning Opportunity

In my recent blog posts on why CIO’s need to get over the OT/IT divide, I explained why failure to address the IT/OT divide was going to doom manufacturers’ Digital Transformation efforts. I promised to provide insight as to how CIO’s can start breaking down the wall between IT and the OT centric parts of…

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DOD Cloud Strategy: CIO Multicloud Recommendations from JEDI and CIA

The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded underdog Microsoft a massive cloud computing contract on October 25, 2019. This announcement was an enormous surprise to IT analysts and the cloud industry. This award was stripped down from the original Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) $10B cloud plan to a $1million guarantee for Microsoft work. It leaves…

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