Analytics becoming the new normal in business

My list of analytics trends that will produce more value for your organization

Analytics becoming the new normal in businessEvery year software vendors, market analysts and various IT pundits provide their lists of analytics trends. Here’s my list of analytics trends with ways to produce more value for your organization. Analytics concepts have been growing and maturing for a long time. Depending on how far back you want to look, William Playfair published the…

9 habits that lead to successful cyber security

The average data breach cost to Canadian firms studied hit $7 million

9 habits that lead to successful cyber securityWith Cyber Security Awareness Month almost upon us, I thought it might be helpful for executives to see an actionable list of topics to ask their techies about. Reasonable answers will build your confidence that your organization’s risk of a cyber security breach is being sensibly addressed. The average data breach cost to Canadian firms studied…

You’re crazy to build your own software

Can you really justify the added costs and headaches?

You’re crazy to build your own softwareOrganizations face the buy vs. build decision for software frequently. The breadth and depth of software packages available to license or use via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are astonishing. Software is readily available for every sector of our economy and every business function. The number of websites that list software packages is so large that I’m…

Are your apps duds?

Your app's success is related to the actual value you create for your customers, not media buzz

Are your apps duds?It’s mind-boggling that only 25 per cent of all installed apps are ever used more than once. End-users are easily impressed by the promise of new apps, but their expectations, perhaps unrealistically high, are often crushed during their first app experience. The founders of Uber didn’t think about the challenges of routing cabs. Instead, they…

Has your smartphone been hacked?

The signs you've been hacked and how to minimize the risk

Has your smartphone been hacked?Hackers try to hide their activities and hope you won’t notice when they steal your identity and your data from your smartphone. Here are the more frequent signs that you’re being hacked and how to minimize the risk or thwart the attack. Unsecure Wi-Fi Wi-Fi in public places, such as cafes or stores, is often…

Why are data breaches still an issue?

How many breaches must we read about before we take action to protect our customer information?

Why are data breaches still an issue?I’m astonished that major data breach stories are still occurring and generating unnerving headlines. How many of these instances do we have to read about before we finally take at least basic action to protect our customer information? As a result of an attack, adult dating and pornography website company FriendFinder Networks exposed the personal…

How to reduce the risk of phishing attacks

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. But don't wait until then to incorporate security measures

How to reduce the risk of phishing attacksPhishing has evolved into the most effective social engineering attack hackers use to infiltrate organizations. Phishing aims to con employees into unknowingly downloading malware or revealing their access credentials. The best defence is our individual vigilance. Phishing.org defines phishing as “a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text…

Is cloud computing overhyped?

In addition to hardware, network and a building, cloud service providers offer a rich range of software functionality

Is cloud computing overhyped?How does a cloud computing environment compare to an on-premises computing environment? Are the benefits of cloud computing overhyped? Isn’t the cloud just someone else’s data centre? What topics should chief information officers (CIOs) consider when deciding whether to adopt more cloud computing services for their organization? Functionality In addition to hardware, network and a…

Use interactive visualization software to advance your business

Software is everything. It’s the glue that makes every application work

Use interactive visualization software to advance your businessDo you love those interactive maps that report United States election results on television? I loved the GIS map interface, the effortless drill-downs and rollups, the comparison of this election to previous ones, the simultaneous display of multiple measures and the rich touch-screen navigation. There are no blue screens of death. Never does a pesky…

Alberta is high on hydrogen

Alberta is high on hydrogenEpisode 19 in our DECARBONIZATION series is the third of three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Yogi Schulz of Corvelle Consulting, Bill Howell, and Brent Lakeman of Edmonton Global answer questions raised by Alberta Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity Dale Nally's presentation…
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