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  • CIO Sigal Zarmi describes how GE Capital Americas has approached digital business and offers guidance on how a company can become a digital enterprise.

  • The majority of worldwide organizations today are either deploying or plan to deploy platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technologies, according to a recent survey from Progress, an app development and data integration software company. These organizations are finding that PaaS is increasing productivity and innovation capabilities, while saving costs. In addition, integration turnover time is being greatly reduced. All of this supports the trend of departments—including those outside the IT organization—adopting what's called a "develop your own application" (DYOA). "It's never been easier to develop an application that can allow your business, a department or even a specific individual to be more productive, regardless of your coding skills," says Matt Robinson, vice president, of technology at Progress. "However … there's still a huge appetite to be able to improve these cycles by making them quicker and better. The benefits of using a rapid application development PaaS to improve speed and productivity should not be lost in the excitement of the DYOA age." Approximately 700 global IT decision-makers took part in the research.

  • When it comes to the Internet of things (IoT), think big. As in really, really big. As in a staggering number of online machines and devices—including those installed for network-enabled cars, shoes, washing machines, pets and virtually anything else in existence—connected by the next decade. For enterprises, this represents a watershed opportunity for cost reductions and new revenue, according to recent research from Deloitte. The resulting report, "The Internet of Things Ecosystem: Unlocking the Business Value of Connected Devices," reveals what companies are seeking from this developing technology. In addition, it presents a number of best practices for IT teams to maximize IoT's strategic value. "The Internet of things has the potential to offer business value that goes beyond operational cost savings," says Eric Openshaw, vice chairman and leader of Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. "Providers in the IoT ecosystem have a largely unexplored opportunity to develop compelling solutions that explore how the ability to collect and analyze disparate data—in real time and across time—might transform the business. These developments will play out within and across enterprises, offering opportunities for sustained value creation, and even disruption for those who can imagine possibilities beyond the incremental." Deloitte compiled the statistics included in the following slides from research conducted by Gartner, the Economist Intelligence Unit and Deloitte's own analysis.

  • Employers continue to seek software developers with expertise in established technologies such as .NET, C++ and HTML, but the environment is changing rapidly.

  • As the roles of IT and business continue to blur, it's inevitable that an increasing share of technology spending is now overseen by non-tech managers. But there's a bright side to this trend: It's paving the way for more innovation, according to a recent survey from CEB (formerly known as the Corporate Executive Board). The accompanying report, titled "Executive Guidance: Harnessing Business-Led IT," reveals that IT professionals harbor significant reservations about these developments, especially when it concerns increased risks. But findings also show that the input of business is increasing capabilities related to collaborative tools, automation and customer-facing interface systems. "Business-led IT is another—often better, cheaper—way to achieve the goals of the IT department, particularly when it comes to innovation and testing out new digital capabilities," says Andrew Horne, managing director at CEB. "The goal is to improve the success rate of these technology investments, regardless of who came up with the idea." An estimated 16,000 global professionals, representing all organizational levels, took part in the research.

  • If something isn't connected to the Internet—whether human, animal, household appliance, automobile, factory tool, etc.—does it exist? If you're going all-in on the Internet of things, you may conclude that it doesn't. Simply stated, the Internet of things refers to the possibility of providing online connectivity for every "thing" on the planet. In addition to computing devices, the objects and products that can be connected include cars, ovens, bathtubs, washing machines, bridges, dams and hospital patient monitors. What else could come of this? "Paper towel dispensers in restrooms that signal when they need to be refilled," according to a recent report from the Pew Research Internet Project. "Municipal trash cans that signal when they need to be emptied. Alarm clocks that start the coffee maker." The phenomenon has even launched the concept of "smart creatures," which places homing devices on animals. In the case of honey bees, for example, the device would monitor their pollination productivity. Given the growing interest in these and other related tech developments, we're presenting the following 10 fascinating facts about the Internet of things. They were compiled from a variety of online research and infographics, including reports from Cisco, Gartner and the Pew Research Internet Project study.

  • The bring-your-own-wearable (BYOW) movement won’t be like the smartphone revolution. It will be much faster and much less gradual—and it will start this year.