Grow Your IoT Strategy: Gartner's 5 Steps to Defining Your Approach

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

Have you developed your IoT strategy? The IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the massive network of devices around the world, characterized by their "smart abilities." These are devices accessorized with data-consuming and data-producing sensors that allow them to communicate with one another and with users. Perhaps the most commonly known and one of the earliest examples of an IoT connected device, is the smart phone. However, the smart phone is no longer lonely in the IoT universe, as now just about every device, from washing machines, to medical instruments, to cars, can be made "smart". The amount of devices continues to grow, as IoT innovators are constantly creating new and exciting ways for data to be transferred. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, the amount of globally connected things will reach over 20 billion. The IoT doesn't come easy though, as many organizations are facing difficulties with their IoT implementation and management. However, with the growing popularity of the IoT, it is imperative that businesses find a way to jumpstart their IoT implementation and overcome the potential struggles that they may face along the way.

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3 Ways IT Professionals Need To Be Using LinkedIn

By Caroline Boyland on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

In today’s massive digital revolution, the way we do business changes with each passing day. Advances in Big Data and the IoT are providing more information than ever before, and organizations need a way to stay in the know when it comes to their industry. Reading the news and following industry-related blogs are two ways most people stay up to date with industry hot topics; however, one of the most substantial developments that we have seen in the past 10 years is the evolution of social media as a business tool. Social media began as a way to connect with friends and family and has since grown into one of, if not the most, popular tools for organizations and professionals to directly reach and communicate with their audiences. Just check out LinkedIn’s official metrics—which show that business professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.

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IT Staffing Trends That You Can’t Afford To Ignore

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

This month, an article was published in Quartz revealing new insight into the world of IT staffing. Shocking statistics regarding college grads, computing jobs, and the future of IT got us thinking about the IT resources gap, and how organizations can combat the lack of comp sci. grads and still be successful in today’s ever-growing IT and business market.

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APIs: The MVP of the IoT

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Last November, Gartner looked towards the future and predicted that in 2016, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide. Today is that future. Around us right now, billions of connected things are speaking to each other, passing data, and keeping our lives efficient and modern. From the things we wear (our smart watches, our fitness trackers), to the perks that make our lives easier (our navigation systems, our smart thermostats and lighting systems) to the places we shop (think pharmacy mobile photo printing, mobile coupons based upon buying preferences) the IoT is already heavily integrated into our lives. Think about all of these connections in our lives today—and now multiply those connections by four. Gartner reports that by 2020, the amount of connected things is expected to rise to 25 billion. What I&O leaders need to know is what is enabling all of these connections and how organizations and businesses are expected to keep up with the growth and manage these links.

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How to Deal with the Pace of IT Change

By Jim Manias on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

What does it mean for an IT organization to adapt to change? In today’s high-tech world, even the notion of adaptation itself is changing. How can anyone keep up?

IT organizations are being pushed like never before. Timelines are shrinking, projects are multiplying, and tasks are becoming more complex. Computing resources have shifted from expensive and scarce to highly available and affordable—a mixed blessing, since plentiful resources simply allow business expectations to be that much higher.

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Survey Results: Use of Automation for Cloud, Virtual, Big Data Initiatives to Double

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Every year, Advanced Systems Concepts surveys ActiveBatch customers around the world to gain insight on how leading IT professionals are using IT automation and the value that automation is delivering to the business. This year’s survey, conducted in January 2015, showed that workload automation is quickly becoming a critical part ofcloud, virtual, big data, andonboardinginitiatives, with the use of automation for these initiatives expected to double or even triple in the future. 

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3 Ways Financial Organizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Technology is changing the way business is done in virtually every industry.  One industry we particularly see  this in is the financial sector. Technological advances like digital check cashing, mobile apps, and biometric security are rapidly driving business change. As a result, financial organizations are adapting to this change by reassessing their IT strategy and increasing spending in areas like mobile banking and data analytics. According to a recent study by research firm Ovum , US banks will spend 4.3% more on IT than they did in 2014.

Despite this increase in spending, organizations still have to worry about the basic costs of keeping the lights on and running the IT infrastructure behind the scenes. This is getting harder to do as the gap between the number of technologies IT has to manage and IT staffing levels grows wider. Workload automation serves as the key component in the middle, helping business adapt to technological change while reducing operational costs and enabling more agile, reliable operations. 

Here are 3 Ways Financial Orgnizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation:

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Five IT Automation Predictions for 2015

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

2014 has been another year of growth and change for the workload automation industry. As the industry continues to evolve and mature, we are seeing workload automation becoming a key staple for most enterprises. According to leading technology analysts, 2015 promises to continue the trend of digitalizing business. From cloud computing and big data analytics to the Internet of Things, digitalization is expanding into every corner of our business and personal lives.

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