IT Trends & Analysis Returns September
Aug03

IT Trends & Analysis Returns September

All the editorial and support staff of IT Trends & Analysis, i.e. me, will be back in action in early September. Enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Dell Joins Cisco in Hyping DT Security
Jul27

Dell Joins Cisco in Hyping DT Security

Right after Cisco’s call for a threat-centric approach to securing the digital transformation (DT), Dell has released a survey finding that while everybody (97%; the other 3% were recovering from ‘Luddite Life’ celebrations) is investing in digital technologies, 85% say security teams can better enable DT initiatives if they are included early in the project, and 96% say ‘securing digital technologies poses challenges including lack of resources, risk of a security breach, finding the right balance between security and employee productivity, and loss of control.’ Dell’s survey of 631 US, European and Australian IT decision-makers with responsibility for security found an interesting disconnect: while 89% of respondents recognize digital transformation is happening in their industry, only 50% believe it’s happening in their organization. Yet 72% express active projects in mobile, with 68% involved in cloud projects and 37% in IoT, the usual suspects in formal digital transformation projects. This disconnect is because DT is not like other transformation initiatives, said Jackson Shaw, Senior Director, Product Management, Dell Security. Digital transformation tends to be a top-down strategic initiative, that starts initially at the board or C-level, he told IT Trends & Analysis. “DT as a process originates really high in the organization and the line of business really sees it as their slice of heavenly pie,” agreed Bill Evans, Senior Director, Identity and Access Management, Dell Security. One of the challenges that we see, where it happens organically from the bottom, that’s where security gets left out, he added. Strategic or not, DT can be derailed by security, said Shaw. While security often is seen as a barrier to digital transformation and brought into the process too late to make a meaningful impact, security teams can serve as enablers in helping the business adopt digital technologies when included early in the planning process, according to Dell. Security is at the heart of digital transformation, agreed Cisco’s Ben Munroe, Senior Manager, Product Marketing. Of necessity — and having absolutely nothing to do with the company’s core business — he maintained that “Security must start with the network.” A key reason why security is too often looking in at DT from the outside has to do with the traditional view of security as the Department of No, said Evans. “We see security as enabler… it has to step up and become an enabler, the Department of Yes.” “Digital transformation is bigger than just IT and security,” said Shaw. “It’s used by organizations to transform themselves, to become more customer centric.” DT can pay huge dividends, according to a survey commissioned by CA: 45% reported increased customer retention rates; while 44% also recognized...

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Softbank and ARM… Heaven/Hell?

The proposed acquisition of UK-based ARM Holdings, LTD by Japan-based Softbank has generated more than a little controversy and commentary since its announcement on Sunday. That’s certainly related to the $32B size of the all-cash offer, but the deal also touches a number of economic, business and political third rails. Those are worth examining, as is the likelihood of the success of the venture if it closes according to Softbank’s plans. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Why Video Conferencing… Waiting for Holoportation

I’m writing this as I wait between planes at San Francisco Airport and contemplate just how much closer I’ll be to getting cancer after I’m done with my latest trip. I can still remember when travel was exciting and fun but that was a long time ago, and even though I have almost every perk and travel advantage known to man, I’ve come to really dread getting on a plane. Back in the 1960s—yes, 1960s—not only was flying far more fun, but we thought that by now we wouldn’t be doing as much of it. Instead of traveling on a plane to a meeting we’d more often use some kind of video call. But even though there have been hundreds of thousands of video conferencing systems sold–most laptops, smartphones, and tablets have this capability baked in, Facetime was heavily promoted by Apple, and the market has consumed millions of USB video cameras—we actually get on planes more now than we did back then. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Cybersecurity: a vertical industry application?

Cybersecurity has always been a horizontal technology practice that’s roughly the same across all industry sectors. Yes, some industries have different regulations, use cases, or business processes that demand specific security controls, but overall every company needs things like firewalls, IDS/IPS, threat management gateways, and antivirus software regardless. Generic security requirements will remain forever, but I see a burgeoning trend transforming cybersecurity from a set of horizontal technologies to a vertical industry application. These drivers include: To read the complete article, CLICK...

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