IBM Watson eliminates holiday stress

Not sure what to get your favorite niece or nephew for the holidays? Or your parents? Or someone at the office? As much fun as it might be for some to go holiday shopping for that perfect gift, it can be just as stressful for others who just aren’t sure what to buy. Well, now […]

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IBM’s CEO on hackers: “Cyber crime is the greatest threat to every company in the world”

The British insurance company Lloyd’s estimates that cyber attacks cost businesses as much as $400 billion a year, which includes direct damage plus post-attack disruption to the normal course of business. Some vendor and media forecasts put the cybercrime figure as high as $500 billion and more. The World Economic Forum (WEF) says a significant portion […]


Blind runner uses IBM Cloud to ‘see’ mental map of the world

Cloud computing is busy changing the world, we all know the hype. Industrial processes are being transformed with data analytics intelligence and firms are enjoying new agility on service-based clouds as they move from CapEx (capital expenditure) structures to leaner OpEx (operational expenditure) frameworks. So where are the human touch points and good news stories? […]


Most execs fooling themselves on big data capabilities

When it comes to getting actual value from big data, a majority of organizations like to talk the talk but most really don’t walk the walk. That is the conclusion of a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Iron Mountain, which surveyed 1,800 business and technology leaders on their experiences with big data and data analytics. […]


How machine learning will affect your business

Machine learning techniques may have been used for years, but recently there has been an explosion in their applications. In fact, in a recent Q3 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re re-thinking how we’re doing everything.” And they’re far from the only business making […]


Commission to Congress on the cloud: Require affirmative duty to disclose server locations

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) recommended Wednesday that “Congress evaluate existing consumer right-to-know laws to determine whether a cloud-based computing company has an affirmative duty to identify the physical location of its cloud based assets.” This recommendation came in USCC’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress. USCC Commissioner Michael R. Wessel indicated in an […]

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IT security, data analytics lead states’ top 10 priorities

State governments will place major emphasis on data management, business intelligence, and information security in 2016, as the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has announced its Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for the New Year. NASCIO is celebrating 10 years of its survey of state information technology leaders on what they […]


What IBM’s willingness to share source code with China means

About a month ago, several articles appeared in the press covering IBM’s willingness to share source code with officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. At the time, the preponderance of firms in the U.S. tech industry and some public officials were taking the stance that such sharing could lead only to theft […]


A peek into the future of hybrid cloud in 2016

Over the years, I’ve learned that predicting what will happen in emerging technologies is much easier than predicting when it will happen. Case in point: hybrid clouds. Many of us in the cloud community predicted in 2009 that cloudbursting would be the impetus for an explosion in public cloud consumption; and I went so far […]