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  • Big data has emerged at the center of the digital enterprise. In fact, almost every initiative connects and intersects with data and analytics in some way. Yet, the playing field across the corporate environment isn't equal. While some organizations have tapped big data to improve performance and even transform the business, others have struggled to put it to work in fruitful ways. A new report from SAP, Data 2020: State of Big Data Study, offers perspective on the challenges as well as the solutions. It found that the big data landscape is becoming increasingly complex, enterprises face unprecedented challenges in putting big data to work, and different types of data sources introduce different obstacles. It also found that organizations struggle in several crucial areas: establishing data quality; achieving data connectivity and IT agility; and addressing skills, capabilities and data ownership issues. Here's a look at some of the key findings and recommendations from the August 2017 survey of IT decision-makers from the U.S. and eight other countries:

  • How can we prepare for the changes that emerging technologies like AI and machine learning, augmented/virtual reality, robotics, and cloud computing will bring to our work and daily life by the year 2030?

  • Digital agriculture harnesses the Internet of Things and wireless to revolutionize farming and increase food production for exploding population.

  • While it's hardly a "new thing," cloud investment hasn't plateaued either: The majority of organizations plan to boost their investment into the cloud over the next two years, with private and hybrid clouds emerging as top priorities, according to a recent survey from SUSE. The accompanying report, "SDI, Containers and DevOps - Cloud Adoption Trends Driving IT Transformation," reveals that existing staff skillsets (or a lack thereof) remain a key, potential obstacle to successful cloud migration efforts. And, as the title of the report indicates, companies are keenly interested in expanding their use of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps - in addition to OpenStack. As a result of these efforts and the aforementioned cloud investments, they expect to save money, improve productivity, boost innovation, increase agility, accelerate IT delivery and simplify data center management. "(The) cloud has come a long way in the last ten years," according to the report. "Cautious experimentation in cloud has for many businesses evolved into cloud-first strategies underpinning IT transformation on a far larger scale. Agility is the watchword for competitive survival and success as we approach 2020, and as organizations progress with digital transformation, they are realizing that the human and technology sides of business are intertwined." More than 1,400 global senior IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by Insight Avenue. For more about the survey, click here.

  • A Taft-Hartley labor management trust fund, Unite Here Health (UHH or "The Fund"), is responsible for obtaining health benefits that offer high-quality, affordable health care for its members. The Fund needs to report individually on each of its independent plan units in Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and other regions that its mergers have brought into the organization. Consequently, its accounting software has quite a lot to manage.

  • As both the frequency and intensity of information surges, the question becomes: How much is enough?

  • Connected Sirius XM, a division of Sirius XM, delivers full turnkey solutions for various automotive companies. To be more efficient in turning out connected vehicle features and services, the business unit set a course for agile transformation and sought the right management platform to manage it.

  • You hear about these innovations in the news all the time: self-driving cars, smartphone assistants and computer image recognition. These capabilities that were merely imagined a few years ago are now a reality, thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence. As the field's applications are exploding, it has earned a place for research in its own right.