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  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    Blockchain use cases and how to get going

    Blockchain observers talk a lot about the widespread impact the technology will have on various industries, but pinpointing use cases and putting them into action isn't so easy. In July's CIO Decisions, dive into potential blockchain use cases and the four key steps to implementation.

  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    The key steps to launching blockchain implementations

    Bill Caraher, CIO and director of operations for a Wisconsin law firm, is one believer in the huge impact blockchain technology -- a peer-to-peer distributed network used to validate transactions and other records -- can have on legal services. Blockchain implementations, he said, could "lead to speedier resolutions, [and] it could lead to better evidence gathering [and to establishing] foundation for a case" and have other "sweeping implications" for this industry. Indeed, the technology's potential use cases are a hot talking point among Caraher and fellow observers of blockchain -- but figuring out which use cases make sense and putting them into action demand a lot of work. The effort involved in implementing blockchain will depend on many factors, including vertical industry, having the right software and hardware, and more.

    In this issue of CIO Decisions, Editorial Director Sue Troy lays out the four key stages of blockchain implementations, including identifying use cases, running proofs of concept and launching field trials. Plus, we explore how one healthcare CIO used cloud computing to bridge the disconnect between IT and patient care; get MIT Sloan cybersecurity expert Stuart Madnick's take on how to build a better defense against dark web hackers; and delve into innovative ways to close the tech skills gap.

  • June 15, 2016 15 Jun'16

    Developer Case Study: Elasticsearch at LateRooms.com

    This is a guest post for the Computer Weekly Developer Network blog written by Andy Lowry in his capacity as development team lead at LateRooms.com -- Lowry has been writing software professionally ...

  • April 01, 2016 01 Apr'16

    Internet of Things use cases that do more than lock doors

    The Internet of Things isn't only about locking doors. It's also about having a network that knows who to let in and who to keep out, without any human intervention.

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  • What is iBPM best used for, and how should it be applied?

    Sometimes the term 'iBPM' is used too broadly to be functional. To get the most out of iBPM, determine how it can best be applied and implement it accordingly. Continue Reading

  • Take a closer look at public cloud providers

    Using public cloud can save an organization money, but with the growing field of public cloud providers, deciding which one best suits your needs may be difficult. In this handbook, we evaluate the different available cloud service providers, big and small.

    Once an organization makes the decision to implement a public cloud, they then have to decide which cloud service provider works best with their environment. Public cloud providers offer unique service-level agreements, security practices hardware and software compatibility, and pricing models, so it is up to the organization to decide which provider is the best fit for its environment.

    Amazon Web Services is the current king of public cloud providers, but other smaller, newer services might offer significant benefits. Meanwhile, some large cloud providers now deliver services that tier performance, cost and scalability as a way to specialize their off-site storage for active archiving, backup or primary data. That's why it's more important than ever to consider the overall function of the cloud storage to narrow down the long list of public cloud providers. Determining at the outset whether the cloud service will be used for backup, archiving or active data helps the storage administrator weigh the importance of additional considerations such as cost and performance. This handbook discusses the many available options, what you can expect from each of them, and provides a checklist of the most important considerations based on use case.

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  • Experts wade through hype to shed light on blockchain security

    Along with the hype, there have been plenty of questions around blockchain technology, particularly regarding blockchain security. A panel of experts takes on these concerns. Continue Reading

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  • Cloud-based data storage for primary data made simpler

    While the number of enterprises that store data in the cloud continues to rise, the amount of data that they store there is still low. Today, public cloud storage is still predominantly used for cold data, archiving or object storage. IT managers are still largely concerned about storing primary data in the cloud for two primary reasons: security is no longer in the hands of the administrator, and cloud transaction times are typically slower than reading or writing data on premises. Because primary data often needs to be frequently accessed and can contain some of a business' most sensitive information, to many storage administrators, it may seem like cloud storage should be automatically ruled out. But that’s not always the case -- including primary data in an enterprise's cloud storage repository often results in a bigger return on investment. Additionally, some primary data, such as applications that generate large amounts of Internet of things data, may ultimately make more sense in a cloud infrastructure. And it might make more sense for business processes, too -- primary data often needs to be accessed from a variety of endpoints, while collaboration is increasingly a must for employees. Numerous cloud file-sharing applications now available on the market can make that possible. For the storage administrator who is weighing the pros and cons of storing more business-critical data in the cloud, this Drill Down will provide the information needed to determine whether data can benefit from and can be secure while being stored in a cloud environment. Continue Reading

  • Hybrid cloud implementation preparation checklist

    Get a complete listing of the resources, use cases and requirements that need to be taken into account before starting a hybrid cloud deployment project. Continue Reading

  • What's the best way to implement SAP NetWeaver PI?

    NetWeaver Process Integration is a powerful tool for linking systems, software and business processes. Here are five tips for using it well. Continue Reading

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  • Pondering the question of IoT data ownership

    As the use cases for the internet of things continue to expand into various sectors and the benefits of analyzing that data collected from IoT grow, the question of IoT data ownership and access privileges is coming to the fore. But we can't simply rely on traditional laws and regulations to set policies around IoT data, writes columnist and former CIO Harvey Koeppel. Instead, he says, we need a different way of thinking: one that will enable us to catch up with the fast evolution of IoT and other technologies.

    In this SearchCIO handbook, Koeppel lists four broad, comprehensive questions around IoT data ownership that CIOs and IT execs should be considering and collaborating around to ensure not just their companies' success, but also the advancement of our society. In our second piece, CTO Niel Nickolaisen delves into why he thinks the "technology everywhere and in everything" world has moved IoT security and privacy to the top of CIOs' priority lists. In our last piece, Features Writer Jason Sparapani looks into two thorny IoT legal issues: data ownership and intellectual property rights.

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  • IT migration case study: Partner helps downsize data center

    HighVail, an IT consulting and professional services firm, helped Empire Life downsize its data center, migrate business applications and create a new disaster recovery site. Continue Reading

  • Track the cost of cloud-based services with better financial management

    Companies that don't monitor the cost of cloud-based services could be in for a nasty surprise, warns Gartner analyst Mindy Cancila. Continue Reading

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