IDG Contributor Network: Why the Internet of Things without the hardware is just vapor

Imagine it’s a Friday night and you decide to try out a fancy-looking new restaurant in town. You pull up to the front and are greeted by a white-gloved valet and a maître d’ who addresses you by name. The maître ushers you inside and seats you at a white-table-clothed, candle-lit table, complete with gleaming cutlery and crystal glassware. You take in the elegant surroundings while your stomach rumbles at the promise of a decadent meal to come.

But when you ask your server for a menu, you get a puzzling response—

“We’re actually what’s known as a “food agnostic” restaurant, which means you can eat whatever you want.”

“Really? That’s incredible! Well, in that case, I’ll have a sirloin with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and some steamed broccoli.”

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IDG Contributor Network: How to start your first trial engagement with outsourcing

Has the time come for your company to explore software development outsourcing? The potential for cost savings is always attractive, but there are many other good reasons software development outsourcing has been pursued by other companies, including:

  • A large backlog of existing projects, exceeding your staff’s capacity to address
  • Local talent pool challenges – finding and retaining programming talent.
  • A need for new (or even niche) technical skills that are not part of your team’s core skillset.
  • A need to temporarily scale up in programming capacity, then throttle back down at some point.

Regardless of company size, outsourcing has delivered on promises for cost savings, flexibility, and scale.

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Millions of Allegedly Defective Rail Ties Leads Railroad to Sue

One of the nation’s largest railroads must replace millions of defective wooden railroad ties on its tracks because they’re degrading faster than expected, the company said in a federal lawsuit. blames an Alabama company that produced its …

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IDG Contributor Network: Playing to win with enterprise technology

Enterprise technology is like baseball: a lineup of varying levels of ability wouldn’t stand a chance against best-in-class players, carefully selected for their unique skillsets that perfectly craft a team.

As much as we hate to admit it, not every player on your favorite baseball team can knock it out of the park. As fans, we tend to overlook these flaws to remain loyal. But as a CIO, your loyalty should remain unwaveringly with your employees. This calls for a fantasy baseball approach (with a permanent number one draft pick) where you pick and choose best of breed solutions to keep the odds in your team’s favor. If your company requires tools that support thousands of unique, talented and diverse employees, one solution will never be enough.

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The Wild Card in This $66 Billion Health-Care Deal

Long-term investors tend not to put much weight on daily share price gyrations. CVS Health shareholders don’t have that luxury.

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Possible Halloween Egging Prank Causes Thousands In Damage

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A possible Halloween prank turned into a serious crime when the egg throwing ended up doing thousands of dollars in damage. It happened in a neighborhood near and the 215 beltway. caught the crime on his girlfriend’s surveillance system. It shows people in what appears to be a Jeep¸ slowing down in front of the driveway¸ and throwing eggs.

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Parametric Insurance Explored for U.S. Disasters

Catastrophic losses this year due to extreme weather events has led to a growing interest in parametric in the U.S., according to industry experts. Weather stations and satellite images are helping to make parametric coverage an affordable, and increasingly, …

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Hiding Under Your Coverage: Halloween And Insurance

BLOOMINGTON – There’s more than one thing that can go awry during All Hollow’s Eve¸ with spirits and goblins and ghouls all around; checking your coverage is logically sound. Country Financial Representative Brad Wurth of Normal said there are plenty of things to look out for during Halloween¸ but the most important thing is knowing where your coverage ends. “Well you wanna be familiar with your deductibles¸ especially if it’s something in your howeowners policies¸” Wurth said. “So vandalism is something that can be a little more prevalent for the Halloween time and vandalism is covered in most homeowner policies as well.”

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New Jersey Parents Warned to Watch for Marijuana-Laced Halloween Candy

is warning parents to look out for people slipping their kids marijuana-laced candy while trick-or-treating. But with no apparent evidence that’s ever happened, advocates for legalizing the drug say it’s nothing more than a Halloween scare tactic. The …

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IDG Contributor Network: How blockchain is hastening the advance of autonomous cars

Our modern era is a pivotal time, and new technology is constantly pushing the status quo. While tech gurus, engineers, and developers make steady progress in numerous industries, there are only a few trends that will define this point in time for our successors. Those who look back fondly at the dawn of the 21st century will likely count the advance of blockchain and autonomous vehicles among the key emergent technologies. They will also recognize that these two innovations were undoubtedly intertwined.

Hands off the wheel

The dream of self-driving cars first captured the hearts and minds of people in the 1980s, with Carnegie Mellon and Bundeswehr University Munich students creating the seminal autonomous vehicles ALV and Eureka Prometheus, respectively. These cars did not rely on magnetic tracks or remote control like previous attempts, but without further advancements in technology that hadn’t yet taken place, progress stagnated. The first true step forward in allowing auto manufacturers to build their own self-driving models was the proliferation of wireless internet.

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Fraud News: Workers’ Comp and Disaster Aid Fraud, Staged Crashes

Mississippi Woman Arrested in Worker’s Comp Fraud Case A Mississippi woman has been arrested in a worker’s compensation fraud case. Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday, in a news release, that 35-year-old Francine Owens is accused of giving misleading statements …

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New Hampshire Home Swept Up By River¸ Destroyed By Floodwaters

A home in Warren was destroyed Monday afternoon when most of it was swept into the by floodwaters. shot a video of the home being carried down the and crashing into a bridge. “Unbelievable. It was pretty wild to watch a whole house float down the river and just get crunched into little pieces and they’re floating down the river¸” Babbit said. The owner of the home¸ Lisa Slade¸ of Hudson¸ said it had been in her family for decades. “It’s devastating¸” Slade said. “I know it’s only a summer home to people¸ but that’s our home. Like¸ we’ve been going there our entire lives¸ and to have that gone is just awful.”

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SoftBank Ought to Back a Sprint and T-Mobile Marriage

Sprint is once again running away before exchanging vows with T-Mobile.Instead of going back and forth on the terms, SoftBank should just take the plunge.

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IDG Contributor Network: The Agile PMO

The Project Office has received a negative reputation in many corporate circles. Often hailed as the “Project Overhead,” many consider the PMO a waste of corporate budget and time, an office that exists to create strict consistency rules while hampering the efficiency and effectiveness of software, firmware and hardware delivery. Unfortunately, my experience interacting with dozens of PMO’s, the criticism has roots within reality.

Back in the early 2000’s, I felt that viewpoint too when I joined my first company that had a true PMO, which seemed more focused on standards and consistency then delivery success. That viewpoint persisted in my next company when I tried to preserve my own flavor of delivery whilst paying homage towards the old “iron triangle” of schedule, budget and scope (when MS Project was king) for my projects.

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Eurozone Still Not Ticking the Inflation Box

Eurozone data suggest the was a little fortunate in the timing of its decision to slow bond purchases next year.

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47% off Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker – Deal Post

Garmin’s vivosmart is the touchscreen activity tracker with wrist-based heart rate and a full suite of smart notifications. The sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on display shows your stats, even in sunlight. With a built-in heart rate sensor and altimeter, it tracks and displays steps, distance, calories, heart rate, floors climbed and activity intensity. Receive text, call, email, calendar and other alerts on your wrist when paired with your phone. The full featured activity tracker averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,600 reviewers, and is discounted right now down to just $79.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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IDG Contributor Network: Managing your IT career

Over the last couple of years, I have been amazed at how many CIOs that I know personally have been “in transition.” One good friend even “transitioned” for a couple of years. Honestly, I had this happen to me once as a startup person and I can tell you it is no fun. Given that CIO and other IT leader tenures have been getting shorter, I wanted to hear their perspectives regarding managing an IT career.

Members of the CIOChat that I run shared openly on this topic. They were candid that the ‘control era’ is over. They said CIOs and their leadership teams need to know that they cannot control everything so instead they should work at influencing decisions instead. At the same time, CIOs in the chat suggest that trying to make yourself indispensable does not work. It will, unfortunately, stop an IT leader’s upward movement.

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Beating Rival Banks in Tough Times Bodes Well for BNP

Paribas’s third-quarter numbers gave investors the heebie-jeebies, but compare the French bank to its peers and there is little reason for fright.

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OEMs¸ Insurers To Place More Emphasis On Collision Repair Certification

and insurer telematics first notice of loss systems will soon reduce the volume seen by uncertified collision repairers¸ Certified Collision Group CEO Bruce Bares predicted Thursday. Bares said both OEMs and insurers will roll out the telematics to detect a and try to sell the customer on a shop within their network — but both entities will only push OEM-certified repairers. “This is all coming together in the first quarter¸” Bares said¸ describing two of the Top 10 insurers as working on such an initiative. He described seeing from a specific Top 10 carrier (it’s unclear if it was one of those two) software which will match a policyholder with a shop certified for their vehicle.

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IDG Contributor Network: Platform business models: 4 key steps for implementation

Platform business models allow enterprises to set up powerful industry-focused, cloud-based ecosystems for value exchange and innovation among participants. After their initial debut in the tech sector, they’re now appearing across almost all industry verticals, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, telecom, transportation and utilities.

In “Platform business models: A primer”, I wrote about how these models are fast becoming the dominant business model for companies with advanced digital transformation strategies. The business model is particularly compelling because it converts traditional, linear value chains into multi-dimensional value networks and ecosystems. Organizations employing platform business models are often seeing a 4x multiplier in terms of average valuation compared to more traditional business models and McKinsey noted recently that “companies pursuing offensive platform strategies yield a better payoff in both revenue and growth”.

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