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  • The rapid advance of digital technology is changing the stakes for business and IT leaders, who need a strategy to conquer challenges and exploit opportunities.

  • When it comes to the employment picture, IT is creating a greater number of new positions than it's eliminating, according to recent research published by CareerBuilder. However, the technology industry is the main target for what's called "de-skilled" workers: those whose jobs are being replaced by automation. What's clear is that private industry, federal/state/local governments, and both K-12 and higher educational leaders will have to work together to boost students' interest and capabilities in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). "While automation may eliminate some jobs, it also creates other jobs that are higher paying, and [that] lifts the standard of living for the economy as a whole," says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "One of the greatest challenges the U.S. faces today is sufficiently preparing the workforce for the influx of more knowledge-based jobs that will likely result from progress in robotics and other STEM-related fields." Nearly 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research. Additional research was compiled through analysis of more than 785 occupations recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • The majority of U.S. companies recognize that the cloud will play an essential role in innovation in the very near future. Yet, most enterprises don't have a clear cloud migration plan in place, according to a recent survey conducted by Oxford Economics for Windstream. The accompanying survey report, titled "The Path to Value in the Cloud," reveals that organizations are falling short when it comes to getting the right performance and ROI metrics in place to measure cloud-enabling success. There are also concerns about the cloud's impact on security, costs, platform compatibility and privacy. However, overall sentiments remain upbeat, as the cloud is expected to help increase geographic market expansion, business transformation, collaboration and other strategy drivers. "Cloud computing today is fundamentally altering business processes and changing the way organizations interact with customers, partners and employees," according to the report. "This transformation brings incredible opportunities, including the ability to build a real-time enterprise where interaction and innovation flourish." A total of 350 U.S. business and technology executives took part in the research.

  • By 2020, the Internet of things (IoT) is expected to interconnect 26 billion computing devices in businesses, homes, cars, clothes, animals and pretty much everything else, according to Gartner. That's a thirtyfold increase over the past five years. While the potential for innovation is exciting, it's taking a toll on IT resources, according to survey research from Infoblox. Many tech professionals surveyed said that any required deployments for the IoT will become part of their existing IT network, even though most said their network is already at capacity. It doesn't help, findings reveal, that the business side often does not keep the IT organization informed about their IoT-related projects. "It's encouraging that IT professionals recognize the demands the Internet of things will make on their networks," says Cricket Liu, chief infrastructure officer at Infoblox. "But business units often get deep into the buying process before calling IT, sometimes forcing IT to scramble to provide support for devices that lack the full set of connectivity and security protocols found in established categories such as PCs, tablets and smart phones." On the positive side, IT employees feel their companies are committed to providing the budget and staffing needed to accommodate IoT-related demands. A total of 400 IT professionals from the United States and the United Kingdom took part in the research.

  • Is artificial intelligence more dangerous than nukes? Could AI replace and even eradicate humans? Some experts say these possibilities are not that far-fetched.

  • A number of companies on this list of innovative technology leaders have blazed new paths in the use of computing hardware. Another vendor started out as a search engine, but has morphed into a mobile and cloud giant—all while promoting its famous "Don't Be Evil" motto. And two other companies have been nominated for Emmy Awards this year. Combined, these firms represent the 13 most dominant technology companies when it comes to innovation, according to a recent survey from Brand Keys. You may be surprised to learn that Google, the "Don't Be Evil" tech titan, makes the top three, but is not No. 1. Less surprising is the fact that innovation in the technology industry covers a vast range of content, business enterprise, cloud and mobile solutions, among other areas. And one well-known brand on the list is spending billions in attempts to recreate the human brain on a computer. An estimated 4,500 consumers took part in the research. The percentages accompanying each company reflect the overall innovation rating each brand received.

  • Video conferencing, IM, blogs, wikis and activity streams are the norm as large firms connect their employees across groups, skills and geographic boundaries.